Special Session 4


Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Date: December 18, 2019; Time: 9:30 – 17:30 Venue: CIFNET Auditorium, Kochi, India 

Keynote Speaker

Mr. David Jones

CEO and Founder,

United Kingdom


Prof. Suresh Kumar ,
Director, School of Ocean Science and Technology
Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS)

Dr. Rajeev Raghavan,
Department of Fisheries Resource Management
Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS)


Humans have impacted 87–90% of the global ocean surface and continue to face increasing pressure from climate change, fishing, pollution and habitat alteration. More than 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities. In 2015, 33% of marine fish stocks were being harvested at unsustainable levels; 60% were maximally sustainably fished, with just 7% harvested at levels lower than what can be sustainably fished. Similarly, close to 33% of reef forming corals, sharks and shark relatives, and >33% marine mammals are threatened with extinction. Global warming is causing alterations in ocean chemistry and many oceanic processes, and it is threatening many species of marine animals that cannot cope with higher temperatures.


The recent IPBES Report on Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services revealed startling claims that >55% ofthe world’s ocean area is now covered by industrial fishing, ocean net primary production due to climate change alone will decrease by 3-10%by the end of the century, 33% of world’s reported fish catch that is illegal, unreported or unregulated, there has been a >10% decrease per decade in the extent of seagrass meadows from 1970-2000 and +/-50% loss of live coral cover since 1870s. It has also been predicted that 100-300 million people in coastal areas are at increased risk due to loss of coastal habitat protection.


The special session is being organized to bring together international and regional experts working on various areas connected to threats and conservation of marine biodiversity with a view to discuss, deliberate and share knowledge. A far reaching aim of this session will be to collate knowledge on improving mechanisms to make sure our oceans are well protected and sustainably managed in the future.


    1. To identify and understand threats to marine biodiversity/ecosystems
    2. To assess and quantify the impacts of threats to marine biodiversity/ecosystems
    3. To design and develop appropriate conservation and management actions for declining biodiversity in the marine environments
    4. To understand current conservation plans and strategies in the marine realm and develop strategies for improving their effectiveness.
    5. To discuss the impacts of legislations and policies in the marine environment

Call for Paper

Researchers are invited to participate and present their findings on different aspects of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. The session will include oral as well as poster presentations. High quality original and unpublished work (conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical) shall be encouraged. Major themes of the special session include:

  • Diversity and distribution of marine flora and fauna
  • Biology and ecology of threatened marine taxa
  • Threats to marine ecosystems and their biodiversity
  • Marine biodiversity of Indian subcontinent
  • In-situ and ex-situ conservation strategies for marine biodiversity
  • Ocean and coastal management
  • Marine policies