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Programme and

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The Symposium will take place over 5 days, Monday 4-Friday 8 September 2006. Registration will be available from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, September 3 in the basement of the Boole Lecture Complex and until 9:30am on Monday, September 4, 2006.

There will be two designated early evening poster sessions on  Tuesday Sept 5 and Thursday Sept 7. All posters will be on display throughout the meeting and may be viewed at coffee and tea breaks. Poster sessions and refreshments will be held in Devere Hall.

EMBS 41 welcome party will be held at the Franciscan Well Brewery, North Mall on Sunday 3rd September 5.30pm

The Franciscan Well Brewery on the North Mall, Cork City is built on the site of an old Franciscan Monastery and Well dating to the year 1219. Legend is that the water from the well has miraculous and healing properties and people would come from afar to drink from it. The brewery has now combined modern technology with traditional methods to make classic beers including lager, ale, stout and wheat beer. Soft drinks are also available.

There will be an accompanying persons programme and any or all of the activities can be booked at the Symposium. Activities available will include eg. visits to Fota Wildlife Park/house and gardens, Cobh [the Titanic trail and the Queenstown story] and an historic walking tour of Cork

On Saturday Sept 9 an additional excursion is planned to Lough Hyne Marine Reserve, West Co. Cork. This excursion is subject to availability and will require an additional fee payable during the Symposium. Please indicate on the registration form if you want to participate in this excursion, and we will inform you if space is available.

*******NEW EVENT AT EMBS41*******

Marine Protected Areas Workshop

Wednesday 6th September 11.30 - 4.30 pm in Boole 4 UCC

Organised by Dr Bill Ballantine and Dr Vreni Haeussermann with Dr Rob McAllen

The main focus of this additional workshop is to look at the idea of networks of marine protected areas and how best to create useful entities especially when very little biological information of an area is available. Examples from Chile and Sweden as well as other MPA’s will be used as a basis for discussion. Dr Ballantine will chair the session and the workshop aims to bring together scientists involved in MPA’s to share their ideas, experiences and opinions on the best way forward for the designation and monitoring of marine networks. There will be no additional fee for this workshop.

 *Please note that attendance at the workshop will mean that you cannot take part in the Excursion/Yellow Submarine Competition on Wednesday. Please notify us at Registration if you wish to attend the workshop.



Provisional Programme

(Please click here for PDF file of Provisional Programme)


Oral Presentations Programme

All oral presentations will take place in Boole 4 of the Boole Lecture Complex


8.00Early Registration

8.45 Welcome Address

Session 1: Theme 4 Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.    Chair: Paul Connolly

09.00 Tony Pitcher (Keynote Speaker) Challenges To Marine Biology From Seafood Sustainability
09.45 Michel Kaiser, Blyth-Skyrme R.E., Hart P.J.B. & Edwards-Jones G A glimpse of sustainable fisheries through self-regulation
10.00 Telmo Morato, Reg Watson, Tony J. Pitcher & Daniel Pauly Fishing off the shelves and into deep trouble
10.15 Samuel Shephard & Emer Rogan Achieving sustainability in the NE Atlantic orange roughy fishery
10.30 Filipe O. Costa & Gary R. Carvalho Molecular tools for species identification: Global DNA barcoding and its applications for fish biology and fisheries

11.00 Refreshments & Posters-Devere Hall

Session 2: Theme 1 Genetics and Resilience of Marine Organisms.   Chair: Tom Cross

11.30 Andy R. Beaumont, Malham, S. K., Tysklind, N., Cotter, E., Latchford, J. W., Culloty, S. & King, J. W. Variation in Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphic (AFLP) loci in Crassostrea gigas, the Pacific oyster, grown on different sites in Wales and Ireland.
11.45 Elizabeth Gosling & B. Coghlan Genetic structure of hybrid mussel populations in the west of Ireland
12.00 Monica Landi, Giorgia Ferrara & Fausto Tinti Patterns of temporal genetic variability in the overexploited Mediterranean stock of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)
12.15 Anna Was, Elizabeth Gosling, Deirdre Brophy & Karen McCrann Are populations of blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou) genetically differentiated in their main spawning area to the west of Ireland?
12.30 Jamie Coughlan, B. O'Farrell, P McGinnity, E Dillane & T. F. Cross Patterns of genetic variation in trout (Salmo trutta) populations from the west of Ireland: and area where significant sea trout stock declines have occurred in the recent past

12.45 Lunch & Posters-Mini Rest & Devere Hall

Session 3: Theme3 Global Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems.   Chair: David Wethey

14.15 Keiron P.P. Fraser, Andrew D. Bowgen, Lloyd S. Peck & Andrew Clarke Will ocean warming increase growth rates in Antarctic organisms?
14.30 Fernando P. Lima, Nuno Queiroz, Pedro A. Ribeiro, Raquel Xavier, Stephen J. Hawkins & António M. Santos Changes in species distributions along the Portuguese coast: evidence of a warming climate?
14.45 Jérémy Lobry, Désaunay Y. & Poulard J.-C Changes in the coastal fish community along the French Atlantic coast: local factors and global trends.
15.00 Giovanni Santangelo1, Mimmo Lannelli2, Lorenzo Bramanti1 Demography of marine benthic species and global change induced mortality
15.15 Catherine Waller, Worland M.R., Convey P. & Barnes D.K.A. Ecophysiological strategies of Antarctic intertidal invertebrates faced with freezing stress.

15.30 refreshments & posters-Devere Hall

Session 4: Theme 2 Marine Protected Areas.   Chair: Mal Jones

16.00 Jeff Ardron & Henning von Nordheim The OSPAR network of MPAs in the NE Atlantic: initial reporting and evaluation
16.15 Elizabeth Sides Challenges in the management of areas designated for nature conservation in Ireland
16.30 C. Pintado, R. Álvarez, I. del Barrio & J. Hernández Natura 2000 Proposal and Guidelines for the Management of Marine Protected Areas in the Canary Islands (Spain): the case of SIC Franja Marina de Fuencaliente.
16.45 Verena Häussermann & Günter Försterra Quality versus speed – the Chilean fjord region as a case study for the dilemma of optimizing MPA patterns in a complex environment under growing economic pressure
17.00 Catarina Grilo, Sérgio Rosendo, Narriman Jiddawi, Micas Mechisso & Alison Joubert Environmental Damage Schedules: an adaptation to the development of transboundary MPAs in Eastern Africa



8.45 Announcements

Session 1: Theme 1 Genetics and Resilience of Marine Organisms.   Chair: Elizabeth Gosling

09.00 Gary Carvalho (Keynote Speaker) Resilience in Marine Organisms: An Evolutionary Perspective
09.45 Joana Campos, J. van Bleijswijk, P. C. Luttikhuizen, K.T.C.A. Peijnenburg & H. W. van der Veer Phylogeography of the common shrimp, Crangon crangon¸(L.) in European waters
10.00 Marc Taimour Jolly, C Ellien, P Guyard, F Gentil, F Viard, E Thiébaut & D Jollivet Correlation between hydrodynamically-modelled patterns of larval dispersal and molecular estimates of effective gene flow among English Channel populations of Pectinaria koreni clade 1 (Polychaeta: Pectinariidae)
10.15 Gregory Maes, Pujolar J.M., Jonsson B. & Volckaert F.A.M. Detection of a tension hybrid zone between the North Atlantic eels at 6000 km from spawning grounds
10.30 Paulo A. Prodöhl How many is enough? An empirical evaluation of the number/characteristics of microsatellite marker loci required to obtain reliable estimates of population genetic structure in marine species
10.45 PC Watts, D O’Leary, MC Cross, J Coughlan, E Dillane, E Hatfield, S Kaye, S Wylde & TF Cross Investigation of variation at a MHC-linked microsatellite locus compared with 12 presumed neutral microsatellite loci in spawning aggregations of herring Clupea harengus, from the west of Scotland and Ireland, and Irish, Celtic and Baltic Seas

11.00 Refreshments & Posters-Devere Hall

Session 2 : Theme 2 Marine Protected Areas.   Chair: Chris Frid

11.30 Morten Frederiksen, F. Daunt, M. Harris, M. Parsons, N. Ratcliffe & S. Wanless Effects of the North Sea sandeel closure on breeding seabirds
11.45 Jan Geert Hiddink, T. Hutton, S. Jennings & M.J. Kaiser Predicting the effects of area closures and fishing effort restrictions on benthic invertebrate communities
12.00 Miles Hoskin, Chris Davis, Ross Coleman & Keith Hiscock Monitoring to assess ecological and fisheries effects of the Lundy No-Take Zone (Bristol Channel, UK): the first three years
12.15 David Jacinto, Teresa Cruz, Teresa Silva, João J. Castro, Paulo Maranhão & António Teixeira Management of the stalked barnacle (Pollicipes pollicipes) fishery in the Nature Reserve of Berlengas (Portugal): permanent no-take zones and temporal rotation of exploitation
12.30 E.Casola, M.Dell’Aquila, M. Lariccia, E. Fresi Giuseppe Magnifico, A. Mariani & N. Sassu The fishing activity in the Italian Marine Protected Areas

12.45 Lunch & Posters-Mini Rest & Devere Hall

Session 3: Theme 4 Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.   Chair: Michael Kaiser

14.15 Jonathan Adey, Jim Atkinson, Philip Smith, Alan Taylor & Ian Tuck The Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (Decapoda: Nephropidae) creel fishery, on the west coast of Scotland. A sustainable fishery?
14.30 Alan Berry, Hartnett, M. & Tully, O. The role of hydrodynamics in scallop stock structures in the Irish and Celtic Seas
14.45 John A. Commito, A, E. Commito, R. V. Platt, B. M. Grupe & W. E. Dow. Species relationships across scales in spatially complex soft-bottom mussel beds, an intertidal resource contested by draggers and diggers.
15.00 Jo Gascoigne, C. Saurel, P. Wiles, E. Williams, E. Donald, M. Kaiser & J. Simpson Physics and carrying capacity for shellfish culture
15.15 Niall McDonough, Nuala McQuaid, Alan Berry, Michael Hartnet Modelling blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) larval dispersion patterns in the North Irish Sea

15.30 Refreshments & Posters-Devere Hall

Session 4: Theme 3 Global Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems.   Chair: Christopher McQuaid

16.00 Hily Christian & Morgane Lejart Does climate change explain the recent proliferation and spreading of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas on the Atlantic and Channel coasts of France? What are the consequences for the native ecosystems?
16.15 Doris De Vito, C. Cerrano, S. Fraschetti, S. Piraino, S. Puce, G. Bavestrello & F. Boero Hydroid life cycles as indicators of climate change
16.30 Georgiy Shulman & Nikolsky, V. N Effects of global climatic and anthropogenic factors on the Black Sea ecosystem
16.45 Nuria Teixidó, Joaquim Garrabou & Jean-Georges Harmelin A long-term demographic study of community dynamics: the case of the high-diverse benthic communities in the NW Mediterranean Sea
17.00 David S. Wethey, Sarah E. Gilman, Brian S. Helmuth, T. Jerry Hilbish & Sarah A. Woodin Ecological hindcasting of biogeographic responses to climate change in the European intertidal zone
17.15 Anne Marie Power, K. McCrann, D. McGrath, A. A. Myers & R. O’ Riordan Barnacles as indicators of climate change in coastal intertidal communities
17.30 Ute Jacob, Ulrich Brose, & Thomas Brey Hiding in my Niche - Ecosystem Trophic Complexity and Global Change

18.00-19.45 Even number Poster Session



8.45 Announcemernts

Session 1: Theme 1 Genetics and Resilience of Marine Organisms.   Chair: Paulo Prodohl

09.00 Piero Calosi, A.I.Arkhipkin, P.W.Shaw Social structure of southern hemisphere long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas edwardii)
09.15 Knut E. Jørstad, Geir Dahle, Georgji Novikov, Svein-Erik Fevolden, Andrej Stroganov & Vidar Wennevik Genetic investigations of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in the northeast Atlantic
09.30 Niall McKeown & Paul Shaw Population genetics of the edible crab (Cancer pagurus) in the English Channel.
09.45 Jim Provan, Siân Wilson & Alex Portig Species-specific genetic bottlenecks in the marine angiosperm genus Zostera

Session 2: Theme 3 Global Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems.   Chair: Robert Whitlach

10.00 Louise B. Firth, Tasman P. Crowe, Pippa Moore, Richard C. Thompson & Stephen J. Hawkins Population dynamics of key species in rocky inter-tidal habitats – Patellid limpets in a warming world.
10.15 Vânia Freitas, Joana Campos, Sílvia Santos, Stig Skreslet & Henk W. van der Veer Impact of climate change on the functioning of temperate estuaries as fuelling stations for wading birds
10.30 Mark Lenz, Markus Molis & Martin Wahl Does temporal variability in a disturbance regime affect the structure of marine hardbottom communities? Results from a globally replicated experiment
11.45 Nessa E. O’Connor, Jonathan H. Grabowski & John F. Bruno Species loss and ecosystem functioning: effects of simulated predator extinctions on a foundation species.

11.30-17.00 Excursion and Yellow Submarine Competition

19.15 for 19.30 Symposium Dinner & Dance



8.45 Announcements

Session 1: Theme 3 Global Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems.   Chair: Nessa O’Connor

09.00 Carlo Heap (Keynote Speaker) TBA
09.45 Herman Hummel The impact of biodiversity changes on structure and function of coastal marine benthic ecosystems (BIOCOMBE) – an overview
10.00 Alf Norkko, Robert B. Whitlatch, Joanna Norkko & John Hamilton Scale-dependent recruitment processes at early stages of macrobenthic recovery
10.15 Lucie Oliver, R. Seed, S.M. Mudge & B. Reynolds Effect of a flood event on mussel assemblages in the Conwy estuary, UK
10.30 Rob Thomas, D.K.A. Barnes & R. McAllen Are times changing? Benthic community recruitment over a decadal scale.
10.45 Thomas Wernberg, G. A. Kendrick, M. S. Thomsen, F. Tuya & P. Staehr The effect of ocean climate on macroalgae, their photo-physiology and responses to disturbance regimes - a case study from SW Australia

11.00 refreshments & Posters-Devere Hall

Session 2: Theme 4 Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.   Chair: Emer Rogan

11.30 Jennifer Dannheim & A. Schroeder Trophic structure of macrozoobenthos in the North Sea: Changes related to bottom trawling?
11.45 Tim Dempster, Pablo Sanchez-Jerez, Just Bayle-Sempere, Damian Fernandez-Jover Could sea-cage fish farms act as marine protected areas or ecological traps for wild fish in the coastal zone?
12.00 Catherine S. Longo, Simon P.R. Greenstreet, Graham J. Pierce, Alain F Zuu Fish biodiversity: an indicator of ecosystem effects of fisheries
12.15 Martina Milanese, Sarà A., Manconi R. & Pronzato R. Sponge fishing in Libyan waters: past, present and future
12.30 Anssi Vainikka, Anna Gårdmark, Joakim Hjelm & Barbara Bland Fisheries-induced changes in the condition-dependent maturation of the Baltic cod, Gadus morhua

12.45 Lunch & Posters-Mini Rest & Devere Hall

Session 3: Theme 1 Genetics and Resilience of Marine Organisms.   Chair: Philip McGinnity

14.15 Inken Kruse, Matthew P. Hare & Anson H. Hines Cryptic genetic diversity and expanding nonindigenous range of the rhizocephalan Loxothylacus panopaei parasitizing mud crabs in the western North Atlantic
14.30 Christopher McQuaid, Zardi GI, Teske PR, & Barker NP. Adaptive genetic diversity in the intertidal mussel Perna perna on the southern African coast
14.45 Luca Mirimin, Andrew Westgate, Karen Stockin, Patricia Rosel, Andrew Read, Jamie Coughlan, Emer Rogan & Tom Cross. Genetic structure of common dolphins incidentally caught in fisheries from the North Atlantic and New Zealand: implications for management and conservation
15.00 Paul Shaw, Georgios Kotoulas, Mark Nolte, Keith Crandall & Marcos Pérez-Losada Phylogeography of the common cuttlefish in European waters: does present day genetic structure still reflect Pleistocene sub-population divergence?
15.15 Irene Martins, A. T. Ford & T. F. Fernandes Population level effects of intersexuality in the aquatic environment

15.30 Refreshments & Posters-Devere Hall

Session4: Theme 2 Marine Protected Areas.   Chair: David Morritt

16.00 Tasman Crowe & Olwyen Mulholland Relationships between biodiversity in marine reserves and surrounding areas
16.15 Julie Bremner. & Chris Frid, Incorporating ecological functioning into the designation and management of marine protected areas.
16.30 Mark Jessopp, & Rob McAllen Go with the flow: Tidal import and export of larvae from marine reserves
16.45 Simon F. Thrush, John S. Gray, Judi E. Hewitt & Karl I. Ugland. Predicting the effects of habitat homogenization on marine biodiversity
17.00 Caitriona McInerney, Louise Allcock, Mark Johnson & Paulo Prodöhl Genetic diversity within and without marine reserves: source or sink theories tested
17.15 Paul Brazier Intertidal biotope mapping and conservation site selection

MARS-Otto Kinne Prize Lecture introduced by Friedrich Bucholz

17.30 Monika Kędra & Wojciech Walkusz Global warming-driven biodiversity change: pelagic versus benthic domain – taxonomic distinctness approach. Arctic (79° N) case study

18.00-19.45 Odd number Poster Session including presentation of  MARS Poster Prizes



8.45 Announcements

Session 1: Theme 2 Marine Protected Areas.   Chair: Brian Morton

09.00 Bill Ballintine (Keynote Speaker) MARINE RESERVES: THE NEED FOR SYSTEMS
09.45 Fionnuala McBreen, James G. Wilson, Caitríona Nic Aonghusa & Andrew S.Y. Mackie. Parameters for the designation of marine protected area in the southern Irish Sea
10.00 Joanne S. Porter, Phil Newman, Kate Lock, Mark Burton, Lou Luddington & Blaise Bullimore Bryozoans as indicators of damage in a marine nature reserve
10.15 Cynthia D. Trowbridge, Colin Little & Penny Stirling. Invasive seaweed in marine protected areas: Codium fragile ssp. Tomentosoides
10.30 Roman N Zajac, Robert B. Whitlatch & Amanda E. Wheeler. Assessing the application of marine protected area design models in large estuarine systems based on benthoscapes and functional groups
10.45 Judi Hewitt, Simon Thrush, Jane Halliday & Clinton Duffy The importance of small-scale habitat structure for maintaining beta-diversity

11.00 Refreshments-Devere Hall

Session 2: Theme 4 Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.   Chair: Sarah Culloty

11.30 Susana Carvalho, M. Barata, M.B. Gaspar, L. Cancela da Fonseca & P. Pousão-Ferreira Experimental semi-intensive production of Hediste diversicolor in polyculture with Diplodus sargus in aquaculture earthen ponds
11.45 Alberto Kavadellas The health of Atractoscion nobilis in stock enhancement, a comparison of pre- and post-release cultured fish and their wild conspecifics.
12.00 Maeve S. Kelly, Craig Sanderson, Elizabeth J. Cook, Andrew Rodger & Symon Dworjanyn. Integration: enhancing sustainability in open water aquaculture systems
12.15 Slavica Matijević, G. Kušpilić & A. Barić Fish farming impact on the marine sediment phosphorus distribution
12.30 Maria J. Schreider & Rebecca Cumming Biology of ghost shrimps (Decapoda: Thalassinidea) with the view of their use for bait aquaculture

12.45 Lunch-Mini Rest & Devere Hall

Session 3 All Sub Themes.   Chair: John Davenport

14.00 Wennevik, Vidar, Jørstad, Knut Eirik, Dahle, Geir & Fevolden, Svein-Erik Managing mixed stock fisheries on North East Arctic cod and coastal cod in northern Norway
14.15 Thomas Remerie, Jacques Vanfleteren & Ann Vanreusel Phylogeographic patterns of a brackish water mysid, Neomysis integer in Europe, what can we learn from a low dispersal species
14.30 Yvonne Leahy, Louise Henry & Brendan O’Connor. The rise and fall of serpulid reefs – from the Ordovician to present day
14.45 Bella Galil Some Like it Hot: Rising temperature and the spread of Red Sea aliens in the Mediterranean
15.00 Robert B Whitlatch & Richard W. Osman Linkages between climate change and the facilitation of invasive species: the importance of understanding year-to-year variations in seawater temperature in southern New England, USA
15.15 Jason Hall-Spencer & Kerry Howell Using satellite data to compare fishing vessel positions with deep-water habitat types
15.30 Victoria J. Wearmouth, , Sims, David W., Partridge, Julian C., Cuthill, Innes C. & Metcalfe, Julian D. Mechanisms underlying sexual segregation in a sexually monomorphic fish species

15.45 Closing



9.30-17.00 Extra trip to Lough Hyne (limited numbers)



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