The 18th National Fisheries Symposium, Izmir, Turkey (1-4 September 2015)

CoCoNet Project side event was organized at the 18th National Fisheries Symposium held in Izmir, Turkey, during 1-4 September 2015.

Bayram Ozturk (Istanbul University) presented the CoCoNet documentary film "from hot spots to nets" in the opening session of the symposium. A CoCoNet stand was also set up to display posters and distribute brochures, both in Turkish and English. This symposium is the biggest fishery meeting held in Turkey annually. There were about 350 participants to mostly researchers, government officials and students.




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MEDCOAST 2015, 06-10 October 2015, Varna, Bulgaria

Dear Colleague,

The twelfth event of the MEDCOAST's biennial international conference series on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment (MEDCOAST 15) will take place at the premises of the ultra-all-inclusive Grifid Bolero Hotel at Golden Sands, Varna, Bulgaria during 06-10 October 2015. The web page of the conference is at the address ( The deadline for online abstract submission will expire on 15 May 2015.

Since the first conference in 1993, the past eleven events of the MEDCOAST conference series have 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, Black and Caspian seas in particular.

All papers presented (oral or poster) in the MEDCOAST conferences are peer-reviewed and printed in the proceedings which are covered by the major conference proceedings indexing systems such as the ISI Thomson, Scopus and Compendex. Authors of the selected papers from the proceedings are invited for thematic special issues of the leading coastal and marine journals.

We invite you to upload on-line your abstract(s) by May 15, following the instructions provided at the conference web page and to be with us at Golden Sands, Varna in October for a rewarding and enjoyable international gathering.


MEDCOAST 15 Conference Secretariat

Important dates:


  • Online abstract submission deadline : 15 May 2015
    • Notification of accepted abstracts : 31 May 2015
      • Deadline for proposing special sessions : 15 July 2015
        • Full manuscript submission deadline : 30 July 2015 

CoCoNet Dissemination Activities in Vlora, Albania

Following to the dissemination activities of the project CoCoNET, on Thursday, 14th of May 2015, were held in Vlora, which is the biggest and the nearest city to the Albanian MPA of Karaburun – Sazan, three meetings with students and teachers of two secondary schools, respectively "Aulona" and "Ali Demi" and of a primary one "Lef Sallata".

The COCONET scientists E. Hajdëri and I. Nasto introduced the project, its dimension and objectives, and some of the most important activities carried out so far.

The pupils were sensitized also about the protection of Vlora MPA and its importance for the biodiversity in the region.

They were also introduced to the attractive COCONET Kids Web site and how to navigate on it, which was found very interesting by them.

Posters were displayed and brochures were given to the participants.









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