INTERREG Marine Protected Areas Webinar 2020

AFBI Fisheries & Aquatic Ecosystems Branch in conjunction with Loughs Agency hosted the INTERREG Marine Protected Areas Webinar over three days at the end of November.

This virtual seminar was attended by project partners from the three EU INTERREG Va projects – COMPASS, MarPAMM and SeaMonitor.  Other attendees included stakeholders, policy makers across the three jurisdictions of Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Scotland.  The format of the event included pre-recorded presentations make available prior to the event with discussion panels and breakout sessions on the day.

Colleen Ward, Project Manager for COMPASS "We have run annual project seminars for the past 2 years so we knew this was going to be challenge to run a virtual seminar, but with the available technology and a lot of preparation, the format worked well and we got the discussion and interaction we needed to make it a success".

Naomi Wilson, Project Manager for MarPAMM "This event was the first major opportunity to show the level of synergy between MarPAMM, COMPASS and SeaMonitor and the benefit of future collaboration with other projects that work within the Interreg VA region. The collaborative presentations have showed the enthusiasm shared by staff in all 3 projects for their work, and this was evidenced by the positive feedback that we have received from those who attended the event".

Presentations and supporting documents for the event