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Inter-annual and seasonal variability in the occurrence of floating&macro:debris in the Northern Ionian and Southern Adriatic Sea


Seasonal and inter-annual changes in the occurrence of floating anthropogenic (AMD) and natural (NMD) debris (>2 cm) were investigated during two visual surveys carried out in the Southern Adriatic and Northern Ionian Sea between May-June 2013 and March 2015. Despite a very similar geographic coverage and sampling effort (e.g. 328.8 km vs 300.5 km surveyed), three times more floating objects were sighted in 2015 and significant differences in the abundance and composition of floating debris were observed between the two surveys (Fig.1). Proportion of anthropogenic litter remained constant (80.1% vs 80.6% of all sighted items), even though less Styrofoam items were observed in 2015 (29.6% vs 11.8% of all litter items). Mean AMD and NMD densities increased four-fold in 2015 survey, going from 27.7± 29.0 AMD and 6.6±11.5 NMD items/km2 recorded in 2013 to 112.8±168.6 AMD and 26.5±28.0 NMD items/km2. Given that slightly lower average wind speed were recorded during the 2015 survey (10.5±7.0 kts vs 6.9±2.6 kts), such differences might be better explained, rather than by a detection bias, by other environmental drivers capable of affecting debris inputs to the basin, such as seasonal differences in rainfall rates and/or riverine discharge.

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The International Black Sea Day 2015

The International Black Sea Day was celebrated this year on 30 October at Taksim Point Hotel, İstanbul, Turkey.


A press meeting was organized by Prof. Bayram Öztürk, responsible for the outreach activities of CoCoNet, prior to the Black Sea Day. The journalists from Ukraine, Russia and Turkey attended this meeting. Prof. Öztürk made a presentation about the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the CoCoNet Project. In the Turkish coasts of the Black Sea, five potential MPAs were proposed by Prof.Öztürk, including the CoCoNet pilot project area in Şile. The journalists were especially interested in the important role of MPAs and five TV channels in Turkey broadcasted the interviews with Prof. Öztürk.

The International Black Sea Day was celebrated with more than 50 participants from all Black Sea riparian countries, namely Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. There was a session of some international projects related to the Black Sea, such as CoCoNet, Perseus and DEVOTES. The short version of the CoCoNet documentary film was screened. At the end of the meeting, the local folk dance from the Turkish Black Sea coast was performed with the live music of ‘kemençe’. They were dressed in CoCoNet T-shirts during their performance. CoCoNet posters also were exhibited and CoCoNet T-shirts, mug cups and flash memories uploaded with CoCoNet documentary film “from hot spots to nets” were distributed during the meeting.





Dear colleagues,

Coinciding with COP21, UNESCO is launching the UNESCO GREEN CITIZENS initiative which aims to highlight the work of people who, every day and all over the world, strive to raise awareness on sustainability and ensure that best practices are passed onto their respective communities.

The project includes:

- A travelling exhibition presenting eight emblematic projects in education for sustainable development: After having been presented on the external fences of the UNESCO headquarters in October, the exhibition will also feature at the UNESCO space at Le Bourget during the Paris Conference on Climate this December, and will be in New York at UN HQ in late February/March 2016.

- An open online platform (in English and French) inviting educators from all corners of the globe to share their initiatives and projects in education for sustainable development:

We would be delighted if you could join this initiative and share your own initiatives, as well as disseminate this information to your networks and stakeholders.

COCONET Workshop on Classification scheme for habitat mapping (Biological layer) – Mediterranean and Black Sea

The last workshop in the framework of CoCoNet was held at CNR ISMAR in Bologna during 26-28 October 2015 on "Classification scheme for habitat mapping (Biological layer) –Mediterranean and Black Sea". The CoCoNET project provides a new attempt in establishing an integrated approach on the definition of habitats. This scheme combines multi-scale geological and biological data, in fact it consists of three levels (Geomorphological level, Substrate level and Biological level) which in turn are divided into several hierarchical sublevels. This system allows to identify, describe and map in a consistent way habitat distribution from shallow coastal to deep sea. At this workshop, twelve experts participated to discuss the biological level for the shallow water in particular. For the report of the workshop, click here.

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Project CoCoNET was advertised at MEDCOAST15

12th International Mediterranean Coastal Environment MEDCOAST 15 conference has been held in Varna, Bulgaria on 06-10 October, 2015. MEDCOAST conference had brought together researchers, planners, designers, managers, policy makers, national and local administrators, developers and NGOs from a wide spectrum of nationalities, who have interest in coastal and marine science, conservation, policy and management in general and in the Mediterranean, the Black and Caspian Seas in particular.

More than 150 scientists participated in the meeting from different countries and Prof. Dr. Levent BAT and Prof. Dr. Murat SEZGİN attended the meeting as representatives of Sinop University Faculty of Fisheries (SNU-FF), one of the project partners of CoCoNET. Main topics of the conference were Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP), Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), Coastal & Marine Impacts, Biodiversity and Pollution. Posters of the project CoCoNet were put up and advertiser project t-shirts were gave out to the attendants during the meeting.

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  2. The 18th National Fisheries Symposium, Izmir, Turkey (1-4 September 2015)
  3. Scientific Conference on “Integrated Marine Research in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea" (a final event of PERSEUS) 7-9 December 2015
  4. Intense aerosols reduction to affect wind and solar energy availability in coming decades
  5. MEDCOAST 2015, 06-10 October 2015, Varna, Bulgaria
  6. CoCoNet Dissemination Activities in Vlora, Albania
  7. OCEANOISE 2015, Vilanova i la Geltru, Barcelona 11-15 May 2015
  8. New CoCoNet poster and brochure are printed.
  9. Scientific Conference (PERSEUS Project): “Integrated Marine Research in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea”
  10. DEVOTES EUROMARINE Summer School - "Integrative assessment of marine systems: the Ecosystem Approach in practice"
  11. The Second Synthetic Workshop of CoCoNet, Anavyssos, Greece, 25-26 May 2015
  12. CoCoNET Documentary Film
  13. CoCoNET Calender 2015
  14. Summer School "Coralline algae in a multidisciplinary approach"
  15. Third General Assembly and Synthetic Workshop, Paris, 4-6 February
  16. The Virtual workshop Socioeconomic Impacts of Networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), 8-12 December 2014
  17. MedPAN Workshop, Tirana, Albania, 25-27 November 2014
  18. International Black Sea Day İstanbul
  19. International Black Sea Day 31 October 2014
  20. (Presentation & Video) Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean
  21. CoCoNet Posters at FABA 2014
  22. Rabat Summer School
  23. The MedPAN network regional experience-sharing workshop and general Assembly
  24. CoCoNet Summer School 2014, Rabat, Morocco - AGENDA
  25. Documentary : Jellies & Citizens
  26. First call for WP8 Focus Workshop : Best Practice Guidelines for Managing and Monitoring MPA Networks
  27. The 3rd Joint Pilot Projects meeting, Djerba, 19-20 July 2014
  28. Report of the Focus Workshop on Offshore Wind Farm development in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, HCMR, Anavyssos, 9-10 June 2014
  29. The CoCoNet project - Update : Towards Mediterranean-wide Networds of Marine Protected Areas
  30. Contribution Request for Upcoming Workshop: "Guidelines for MPA Network Management and Monitoring"
  31. A report on the workshop "Biotic Impacts of Offshore Wind Farms (OWFs)", 28-29 April 2014
  32. CoCoNET SUMMER SCHOOL 2014, Morocco
  33. CoCoNet project on "research*eu" focus magazine
  34. Estuaries & Coastal Protected Areas Congress - ECPA 2014
  35. Educational extracurricular activity of NIMRD
  36. MedPAN is launching on April 14th a new Call for Small Projects
  37. CoCoNet 3rd Joint Pilot Projects Meeting
  38. Francesco Maria Faranda Prize
  39. Focus Workshop Biotic Impacts of Offshore Wind Farms (OWFs)
  40. Offshore Wind Farm development in the Mediterranean and Black Seas Workshop will take place in 9th and 10th of June in Anavyssos in Greece
  41. A presentation from OBIBSS regarding ecological status of Ukrainian MPA's and activities of CoCoNet
  42. A presentation from OBIBSS regarding ecological status of Ukrainian MPA's and activities of CoCoNet (2)
  43. Workshop on Administrative Issues, Athens 27 January 2014
  44. Workshop on Sensitivity of MPA network to threats
  45. Presentations at the 2nd General Assembly
  46. The CoCoNet&Perseus Joint General Assembly, Athens 27-29 January 2014
  47. Review and analysis of legislation relevant to the establishment and management of MPAs and OWFs
  48. Workshop on sensitivity of MPA networks to threats
  49. Workshop on Administrative issues, Athens 28.01.2014
  50. CoCoNET WP11 Oceanographic Cruise Report, 08-21 May 2013