23rd February 2023, 10:00 AM
The SeaMonitor-STRAITS Conference takes place at the stunning Guildhall in Derry~Londonderry on 23rd and 24th February 2023.
The event presents an opportunity for the consortium working on the SeaMonitor project, which is led by Loughs Agency, to share their findings while highlighting the benefits of tracking aquatic life in our seas and rivers. The species targeted using state-of-the-art acoustic telemetry equipment included salmon, seals, basking sharks, cetaceans and skate.
The conference will also mark the official launch of the STRAITS project, which has received EU funding as part of the Horizon 2030 Initiative. STRAITS will essentially act as the successor to SeaMonitor, ensuring that the landmark counter in the North Channel is redeployed and integrated with the other major counters dotted around Europe through a collaboration with the European Tracking Network (ETN).
An international delegation of almost 100 marine scientists, academics and political representatives are expected to travel to the Walled City for the two-day event, which will be compered by scientist and comedian Simon Watt.
Alongside Loughs Agency, the partners involved in SeaMonitor include Atlantic Technological University, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, Marine Institute, University College Cork, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Glasgow, University of California (David), and Ocean Tracking Network.
Further information and content will be made available on the Loughs Agency website and social platforms following the conclusion of the conference.