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September 30
Behind the tweets

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​Marine Spatial Planning ​is the name given to the process of brining together all the various users of oceanic space (and their activities over time and space)​​ ​to look at and reduce any conflicts ​to sustain the ecosystem. ​​So fisheries is just one slice of the pie; there are many more industries to accommodate. 

Reckoning with MSP​ is to reckon with trade-offs, especially when there are both national borders and individual interests and objectives at stake. ​​​​

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Hypoxia​, or ​​a lack of oxygen, in sea and coastal zones is a notable problem in places. ​One of these is the Baltic Sea, which can claim to be one the areas with the largest amount of hypoxia brought about by humans. With ​a large reason for the dead zones the lack of oxygen causes being the use and the run-off of nutrients ​​used in the likes of farming and industry, the issue spans land and water. Scientists are beginning to get to grips with understanding the effects on fish and fisheres.​​ And there are many relevant questions - as above.


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A big thing for ICES at the moment is its data. Although the data centre holds over 300 million recorded measurements, there is room not just for more but for more coordination ​​​and for different types of data to be brought together. 



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​​As is customary at the end of each year's conference, established and upcoming scientists are rewarded with merit accolades for those deemed to have given the best poster and oral presentations over the course of the week. Georg Engelhard, senior scientist at the UK's ​Cefas was presented with the Best Presentation Award for his study on the large fish inidicator ​and its response to trawling pressure (the large fish indicator, by the way, is a value used in stock assessment to indicate proportion of a certain fish community that is over, say, 40cm in length)

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