8 June 2015
Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh, Dhaka

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Symposium Theme: Marine Conservation in Bangladesh: Status and Challenges.

Save Our Sea (SOS) in association with Mangroves For The Future (MFF), IUCN Bangladesh , USAID and WorldFish and with the support of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) and Riverine People is going to organize this Symposium on 8th June, 2015; the World Oceans Day. The symposium aspires to asses the status and challenges of marine science research and conservation in Bangladesh, to identify the core issues of Ecosystem Based Management in the Bay of Bengal and the potential of Locally Led Marine Conservation. The Symposium will be comprised of a Technical Session, a Panel Discussion and an Exhibition of works.

For the technical session we now invite conservationists, researchers, educators, government and industry practitioners, students, and representatives of other organizations to submit abstracts of research papers and/or posters under the general theme of “Marine Conservation in Bangladesh: Status and Challenges”. Please note that, all the proceedings will be published under an ISBN number.

Symposium Topics

Papers and posters are expected to be submitted on a range of topics focusing on Marine Science Research, Marine Conservation and the idea of Blue Economy including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Marine Science Research

(Marine Wildlife, Conservation Biology, Oceanography, Coastal and marine fisheries, Climate Change Impacts or Trends, Usage of GIS and Remote Sensing, Fishing and Post Harvest Technology.)

  1. Marine Conservation: past and present efforts in Bangladesh.

(Biodiversity Conservation; Ecosystem Development, Rehabilitation and Management, Community Conservation)

  1. Policy Intervention

(Policy Framework, Legal Framework, Legal Status, Sustainability and Certification issues)




Research paper can be submitted initially in the form of an Extended Abstract (less than 500 words). Papers can be based on any type of data (e.g., surveys, experiments, interviews, focus groups, content or historical analysis, econometric analyses, biological analyses). Each Extended Abstract should contain a clear statement of the problem/research questions/hypotheses, brief description of the methods and results, and a clear conclusion specifying implications of the symposium theme. Selected authors will be invited to submit full papers.


The abstract should be less than 350 words. Selected abstracts will be published in the symposium’s proceedings.


Abstract (less than 300 words) of a proposed poster can be submitted, and if accepted, will be presented at the Exhibition. Poster abstracts will also be included in the symposium’s proceedings.

Instruction for Authors

Authors are required to write their first name, middle initial(s), followed by the surname, institutional affiliations to identify the authors. In case of multiple authors, use * after the corresponding author. If the authors come from more than one affiliation, superscript numbers should be used to indicate the respective affiliation. Each author should indicate designation, institute, city, country, and email address.

Selection Process

All submissions will be reviewed by a distinguished Editorial Board. Authors of selected submissions will be communicated by the symposium’s organizing committee for further cooperation regarding presentation and publication.

Important Dates

Extended Abstract for papers submission closes. 05 May, 2015
Abstract of poster submission closes 05 May, 2015
Abstract submission closes 05 May, 2015
Registration for selected presenters 15 May-20 May, 2015
Registration for selected paper and poster authors 15 May-20 May, 2015


The prospective authors are requested to send the abstract/paper/poster abstract to in accordance with the deadlines. For more information visit



If necessary please feel free to contact us;

Dr. Kazi Ahsan Habib
Member Secretary, Program Committee, 1st MCBES



Sample of the format of a submitted abstract


Alan J. Butler1,2*, Tony Rees2, Pam Beesley3, Nicholas J. Bax1

1Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation of Australia (CSIRO) Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 2CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 3Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Email:


The entire Australian marine jurisdictional area, including offshore and sub-Antarctic islands, is considered in this paper. Most records, however, come from the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around the continent of Australia itself. The counts of species have been obtained from four primary databases (the Australian Faunal Directory, Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota, Online Zoological Collections of Australian Museums, and the Australian node of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System), but even these are an underestimate of described species. In addition, some partially completed databases for particular taxonomic groups, and specialized databases (for introduced and threatened species) have been used. Experts also provided estimates of the number of known species not yet in the major databases. For only some groups could we obtain an (expert opinion) estimate of undiscovered species. The databases provide patchy information about endemism, levels of threat, and introductions. We conclude that there are about 33,000 marine species (mainly animals) in the major databases, of which 130 are introduced, 58 listed as threatened and an unknown percentage endemic. An estimated 17,000 more named species are either known from the Australian EEZ but not in the present databases, or potentially occur there. It is crudely estimated that there may be as many as 250,000 species (known and yet to be discovered) in the Australian EEZ. For 17 higher taxa, there is sufficient detail for subdivision by Large Marine Domains, for comparison with other National and Regional Implementation Committees of the Census of Marine Life. Taxonomic expertise in Australia is unevenly distributed across taxa, and declining. Comments are given briefly on biodiversity management measures in Australia, including but not limited to marine protected areas.

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