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About the SCB Marine Section

The Marine Section of SCB provides a home for Marine Conservation Biology in order to further marine conservation science, research and public policy. Unlike other SCB Sections, the Marine Section does not have a specifically regional focus as marine issues are global.

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Section News

The Marine Section announced its Call for Nominations for board members. The Section seeks nominees for five board positions: Finance Officer, Student Representative, Policy Officer, Communications Officer, and Member-at-Large.  Nominations are due by 12 January. 

The first SCB Marine Section Diversity Membership Drive took place at the beginning of March 2016. New members from developing countries, small island developing states, and indigenous communities could apply to receive a one-year free membership to SCB and the SCB Marine Section. We awarded 27 memberships to new members from Peru, South Africa, Philippines, Fiji, Colombia, Bangladesh, Haiti, Indonesia, Antigua and Barbuda, Madagascar, and Dominican Republic. We also awarded seven memberships to new members from the indigenous communities of Iñpuiat, Yup'ik, St. Lawrence Island Yup'ik, and iTaukei. We hope to make the SCB Marine Section Diversity Membership Drive a regular event.

The SCB Marine Section's first annual #HearttheOceans Day on Feb. 12, 2016 was a success! Heart the Oceans is a global event, encouraging section members and all ocean enthusiasts to organize events in their communities to get people excited about the marine environment and/or raise funds for SCB Marine's Diversity Initiatives. For more info, please visit the Heart the Oceans page. You can get #HearttheOceans shirts here: Octopus & Whale and Wave & Octopus. Fundraisers and inviduals who wish to donate can give funds We are still collecting donations at our #HearttheOceans crowdfunding page.

Congratulations to new SCB Marine Board members: Secretary Holly Niner, Diversity Officer Lourdes Martinez-Estevez, Interdisciplinary Officer Clare Fieseler, and returning Education Officer J. Jacob Levenson! Members voted in the board election December 2015.

Congratulations to the SCB Marine Conservation Research Small Grants 2015 recipients! We received nearly 60 proposals, and the decisions were difficult. We are proud to support eight projects around the globe.

The SCB Marine Communication Committee is seeking a Journalism/Media Intern. Please see the specific requirements, benefits and application instructions on the Communication Committee Internship Opportunities page. Upon successful completion of internship duties prior to IMCC4, the intern will receive full subsidised travel and accommodation expenses for attendance at IMCC4 and OceansOnline to help during the conference.

Conservation Stories is a communication collaboration between SCB Marine and COMPASS. View videos of scientist storytellers from the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress. (Press Release: Uniting Science and Stories)

Critically endangered vaquitas in Mexico have a new ambassador!  Meet Monica Michelle Medina and read more about her work with vaquitas here.

The 4th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC4) will take place Saturday, 30 July - Wednesday, 3 August 2016 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (YYT). (There will be pre- and post-conference workshops and activities, as well.) The theme of IMCCs is Making Marine Science Matter

The 4th International Marine Conservation Congress will feature the new IMCC initiative OceansOnline, an optional add-on day on Thursday, 4 August 2016, aimed to show how internet tools can help ocean scientists and conservationists with research, education and outreach. OceansOnline is inspired by the former ScienceOnline Oceans.

Are you an SCB Marine Section member interested in forming a chapter? Please review the statement on Marine chapters at the bottom of the About page and SCB Chapter Guidelines and Resources

SCB's Marine Section rises to challenge of saving Mexico's critically endangered vaquita in A New Hope for the Vaquita. A new vaquita report was also highlighted by the New York Times.

The 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3) took place 14-18 August 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Visit the meeting website for more information.

Follow the International Marine Conservation Congress on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Youtube and the IMCC Blog.