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Declaration of Mar del Plata: Marine Protected Areas NOW 1200 1200 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

Declaration of Mar del Plata: Marine Protected Areas NOW

Argentine member organizations of the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence, meeting in Mar del Plata during their XVI Plenary Session, ask the honorable Chamber of Deputies of Argentina for the urgent treatment of the bill for the CREATION OF THE PROTECTED MARINE AREAS NAMUNCURA – BURDWOOD BANK II AND YAGANES before the close of its regular sessions scheduled for November 21, 2018, in order to avoid the loss of its parliamentary status and the breach of the commitments made regarding marine conservation.

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Strategic meeting convened more than twenty organizations for the conservation of the Patagonian Sea 1032 774 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

Strategic meeting convened more than twenty organizations for the conservation of the Patagonian Sea

Marine Protected Areas, pollution of seas and coastal areas, and salmon farming were some of the themes discussed by the near 40 representatives from more than 20 civil society organizations from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay from the integrated approach proposed by the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea. The meeting took place during the 16th plenary session of the network, from 6 to 9 November in Mar del Plata.

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Seminar on Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas 2016 980 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

Seminar on Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas

In order to generate a space where the academic, business and government sectors, and civil society organizations could meet and exchange ideas regarding the management of fisheries in Marine Protected Areas (MPA), the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea invited fishing companies, authorities, researchers, civil society organizations and the media to a seminar held on November 8 in the city of Mar del Plata.

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“Yaganes”, a NatGeo Documentary about a future argentine MPA 1276 1772 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

“Yaganes”, a NatGeo Documentary about a future argentine MPA

For its content and opportunity, the documentary “Yaganes” could contribute to the treatment of the draft Law for the creation of the Yaganes and Namuncurá / Banco Burdwood 2 National Marine Parks, which is currently in the Argentine Nation Congress. These areas would triple the protected area of Argentine Sea.

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Managers of Marine Protected Areas of the Southern Cone were trained in Argentina 1151 633 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

Managers of Marine Protected Areas of the Southern Cone were trained in Argentina

Managers of Marine Protected Areas in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay met from October 18 to 22 in Camarones, Chubut (Argentina), to strengthen their competence and management skills, in order to help improve the outcome of marine conservation in the region.

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The Forum supported the 2018 edition of the Patagonia Eco Film Fest 730 1024 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

The Forum supported the 2018 edition of the Patagonia Eco Film Fest

The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea backed the 3rd edition of the International Environmental Film Festival of Patagonia. Over four days, more than 4,000 spectators took part in this activity that aims at motivating audiences and generate debates, an idea synthesized as “see to raise awareness”. Same as in previous editions, all PEFF activities were free of charge.

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NGOs joined forces for the creation and management of Marine Protected Areas in Chile 1025 668 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

NGOs joined forces for the creation and management of Marine Protected Areas in Chile

Civil society organizations from Chile coordinated their efforts and experience during the Workshop “Developing guidelines for the creation and management of Marine Protected Areas in Chile”.

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Workshop to reflect on the impact salmon farming has over the environment 1146 859 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

Workshop to reflect on the impact salmon farming has over the environment

During a Workshop at the Masticar Food Festival, the Forum presented the myths and truths of salmon production in Chile, and the lessons Argentina should take into account before embarking on a similar project.

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More than 40 experts analyze the challenges regarding the implementation of effective Marine Protected Areas in Argentina 960 720 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

More than 40 experts analyze the challenges regarding the implementation of effective Marine Protected Areas in Argentina

Which are the potential threats associated with human activities at sea? Which are the main institutional strengthening challenges for the management of marine protected areas? The objective of the “Technical Workshop on the Implementation of National Marine Protected Areas in the Argentine Sea, challenges for the implementation of effective MPAs” was to begin outlining some answers to these and other questions.

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Tierra del Fuego was home to a broad debate on salmon farming in the Beagle Channel 960 720 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

Tierra del Fuego was home to a broad debate on salmon farming in the Beagle Channel

As part of the “National Week of Science and Technology” activities held in Ushuaia, the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea participated in a round table on aquaculture projects in the Beagle Channel. More than 100 people participated in a 3-hour dialogue about the risks of salmon farming.

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