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    Gary Kett
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    The “Marine Biodiversity Networking Friday” with MAELSTROM, held on February 10th, 2023, from 1 PM to 3 PM UTC, was a significant event dedicated to exploring the intricate relationship between ML and biodiversity. In this context, marine ecosystems are facing unprecedented pressures, with ML considered an emerging issue that threatens environmental and human health. The urgency of finding effective solutions to monitor and remove ML from ecosystems, while also reducing plastic consumption through awareness and the promotion of good practices, is crucial for building a sustainable society and future. This overarching objective is at the core of the MAELSTROM project.

    Organized by the CIIMAR partner, in collaboration with The Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre) and the Group on Earth Observations Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO-MBON), the webinar unfolded within the framework of Networking Fridays, an international collaborative effort addressing global challenges and local priorities in the Atlantic Ocean. This webinar is recognized as a UN Ocean Decade affiliated event global challenges and local priorities in the Atlantic Ocean. This webinar is recognized as a UN Ocean Decade affiliated event.


    Webinar Outcomes

    The webinar delved into innovative solutions brought by the MAELSTROM project to tackle the ML issue in coastal areas, emphasizing the connection between citizens, science, and policy. Specific topics included the co-detection of microplastics, the effects of plastic additives on marine plankton, the impact of nanoplastics on various fish species, and the presence and impacts of ML on Mediterranean marine megafauna. The session concluded with a round table discussion, moderated by Isabel Sousa Pinto, addressing ways to enhance the detection, reduction, and removal of ML in oceans. The discussion encompassed crucial topics such as standardization of methodologies, the need for new solutions, and the formulation of effective policies.

    The insights gained from this event will contribute significantly to a key project deliverable focused on Best Practices. This compilation of practices will be published in the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) database on ML, further solidifying MAELSTROM’s commitment to addressing global challenges, fostering collaboration, and shaping a sustainable future in the Atlantic Ocean.

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