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First International Conference on Sea Lettuce (Ulva spp.) Management

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Grand Jersey

Saint Helier

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The States of Jersey Department for Infrastructure, with guidance from Ricardo Energy and Environment, are organising The First International Conference on Sea Lettuce Management, to take place on the 5th and 6th October 2017 at the Grand Jersey hotel in St Helier, Jersey.

The States of Jersey have generously offered a travel grant for a limited number of delegates. This travel grant is offered for all reasonable accommodation and travel costs up to a total value of £500 for delegates awarded this grant, and is limited to one claim per organisation - made in the form of an invoice.

There are also a limited number of rooms which have been reserved at the conference venue (The Grand Jersey-a 5* resort), at a greatly reduced rate of £95.00 pp - per night. which may be booked by delegates upon registration (on a first come first serve basis). Book soon, as these room reservations need to be confirmed by the 19th September! You will be contacted by Ricardo upon registering for the event to be provided with further accommodation and grant information

The ever increasing occurrence of opportunistic macroalgal blooms in coastal environments has prompted recent research into and development of novel management techniques, at both the local level and the catchment scale. This conference aims to bring together impacted stakeholders and leading experts from varied backgrounds, and across international boundaries, building a platform upon which ideas can be shared and management strategies discussed.

This two day event will begin with a series of talks which lay the foundation for the conference break-out sessions. These will include

  • Keynote Talk 1 - A background on the ecological nature of macroalgal blooms
  • Keynote Talk 2 - A detailed discussion of a current management strategy from an operational perspective.
  • Keynote Talk 3 - Management at the catchment scale.

These talks will be followed by the following three break-out sessions, led by Ricardo and designed to optimise the sharing of knowledge:

  • Break out Session 1 – Focus on regulatory and operational solutions: What works? What are the barriers and opportunities to translating innovative solutions to other areas, in Jersey and internationally.

  • Break out Session 2 – How can we define and steer academic research to fill gaps in knowledge to best inform management and to evaluate the effectiveness of current practice?

  • Break out Session 3 – Identifying costs and benefits of Ulva management options, also considering stakeholder engagement and methods of communicating operational decisions.

Day two will consist of short presentations on potential commercial re-use options for opportunistic macroalgal biomass, followed by the last two break-out sessions of the conference:

  • Break out Session 1 – Identifying gaps in our collective knowledge.

  • Break out Session 2 –Forming a road map to resolving the issues highlighted by the conference.


Following on from these a Public Meeting will be convened, open to residents of Jersey concerned by opportunistic macroalgal blooms, which delegates may attend – this will serve to allow for a public perspective on the topics discussed to be gathered, helping to further inform the report on the conference proceedings. Please note you do not need to register here to attend the public meeting on 6th October. - further publicity will be released regarding this event shortly.

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