Marmara Sea Symposium
The Marmara Sea is one of the world’s few inland seas, and is an asset which geographically separates the European and Asian continents while at the same time connecting them through the straits. It is also one of the priority areas of the Marmara Municipalities Union, which was established in part with the mission to improve deteriorating marine ecosystem conditions.
Due to efficient municipal services and the environmental sensitivities of local administrations, the Marmara Sea is doing better, with intensive transportation connecting two continents in addition to commercial fishing activities. The Istanbul and Dardanelles straits connect the Marmara with the open seas, and are very sensitive locations in terms of pollution and maritime transport traffic. Such that, the Bosphorus sees over 50 thousand heavy tonnage ships pass through every year.
The Marmara Sea Symposium first opened the discussion of the condition of the Marmara Sea's pollution including the risks and threats caused by transportation, the discharge conditions of used water and biological activity in the marine ecosystem for the first time in December 2012 under the name "Our Concern, Our Asset, Our Sea: Marmara.” With special help from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, the Symposium was held in 5 sessions with over 30 speakers.
The second Marmara Sea Symposium was held over 22-23 December 2015 with the main theme of "aquaculture" with the support of the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality as well as the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Istanbul University Sea Faculty of Aquatic Sciences. During the 2-day symposium, 55 speakers evaluated different approaches to the Marmara Sea, and these evaluations were then published under the heading "Reports of the Marmara Sea Symposium".
The third Marmara Sea Symposium was held on November 21, 2017 with the theme of "Regional Cooperation-Tuna". The day after this 1-day symposium, on November 22, round-table meetings were held with the participation of academics, experts, and central and local government representatives. Thematically related international organizations and authorized experts also participated in the symposium.
Detailed information can be found at: www.marmaradenizisempozyumu.com