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Welcome to the SCB Marine Program

The Marine Program of SCB is a home for marine conservation sciences and public policy. 

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Program News


  • The Society for Conservation Biology Marine Program is excited to announce that the 7th International Marine Conservation Congress will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from October 13-18, 2024. The call for proposals for symposia and workshops will open in November 2023.   More details soon - stay tuned.


  • The Marine Section is excited to meet again when it hosts IMCC7. Mindful of the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on public health, travel, and in-person gatherings, the Section is weighing the meeting time and location / format for IMCC7. It will make an announcement on IMCC7 later this year. The earliest the Section will host the Congress is 2023. 


  • The 6th International Marine Conservation Congress is held online. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we opted for a virtual IMCC6.


  • Abstracts for symposia and workshops are now (7 Oct) open for IMCC6. Click here to find out more, or to submit your abstract.
  • Call for abstracts for talks and posters open 13 January
  • The Marine Section is planning its Sixth International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC6), which will take place in Kiel, Germany 24-27 August 2020.


  • The Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award was presented to Patima Tungpuchayakul for her work rescuing thousands from slavery in the fishing industry in Thailand, and for her work in advocating for policy change to protect migrants from human trafficking in the fishing industry. Find out more about Patima on the Jairo Award website.

  • IMCC5 and Oceans Online met after a week of collaboration, networking and information-sharing. We were thrilled to meet so many new and old friends in Kuching, Malaysia. Terima kasih!


  • Tales from the Sea were presented at IMCC4 as part of a storytelling project. Learn more on the SCB Marine Section stories page. IMCC5 and Oceans Online met after a week of collaboration, networking and information-sharing. We were thrilled to meet so many new and old friends in Kuching, Malaysia. Terima kasih!
  • The Marine Section joined 370 organizations, businesses and community leaders to ask the US Congress to block proposed budget cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  

Program News Pre-2017

March 2016

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.

February 2016

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.

2015 and earlier

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) took place Saturday, 30 July - Wednesday, 3 August 2016 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (YYT).

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

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.

Are you an SCB Marine Program 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