Healthier Oceans and Human BeingsExternal

Sponges as “Engine” of the Deep Sea

Activity Overview

Type: Conference
Start Date: November 6, 2018
End Date: November 6, 2018
Venue: Brussels, Belgium
Website: Event webpage
Contact: Hassan Moustahfid
E-mail: Hassan.Moustahfid [at]

Application/registration deadline: November 5, 2018
Registration website:

This event will gather stakeholders and policy-makers to discuss how the potential of deep-sea sponges can be unlocked and how this research can support key policies and legislation, such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), EU Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic Ocean Area, the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, as well as international agreements established to conserve Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) and Ecologically or Biologically Sensitive Areas (EBSAs).

The meeting will provide participants with an understanding of the importance and fragility of deep-sea sponge ecosystems, their potential and the need to take appropriate management measures to sustainably use and protect such areas from potential impacts due to other uses, such as fishing.