THE OCEAN SYMPOSIUM 2018
MARINE SYMPOSIUM - Gonzalo Alvarez and Sarah Ward chairing the ocean symposium on Saturday 22nd September 2018.
“Communities of Ocean Action and Living Seas”
The event was opened by Councillor Nigel Colin Sinden, the Mayor of Hastings, who welcomed the delegates to the Hastings venue. The Mayor is an advocate of sustainable energy.
The speaker line up was impressive covering a wide range of topics with each contributor bringing their experiences to the table, so adding another dimension to the conference. Details of some of the speakers are below.
Exhibitors in the gallery above and crypt below the theatre included the SeaVax that was displayed on a slowly revolving stand made from recycled materials in the workshops of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation in Herstmonceux.
YOUR OCEAN NEEDS YOU!
COUNCILLOR - The Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Nigel Sinden, visited the SeaVax stand, pictured here with SeaVax project director Chris Close and cleaner ocean student, Ryan Dusart, who at the age of 10 helped man the display for much of the day speaking about the project with dozens of the visiting public to the event. The Mayor opened the event by welcoming the delegates to Hastings. Councillor Sinden is a solar advocate in his capacity of Councillor for Hastings and Rye, taking quite a shine to the SeaVax solar array. Copyright Photograph © Cleaner Ocean Foundation 22 September 2018.
UNIVERSITY of GREENWICH - [LEFT] Organisers Gonzalo Alvarez and Sarah Ward at the Ocean Symposium. [RIGHT] Speaker, Dr Adriana Ford is a Coordinator of the Greenwich Maritime Centre, University of Greenwich. Adriana joined the University of Greenwich in February 2015. She is an interdisciplinary scientist working in the field of socio-ecological systems, biodiversity conservation, community development and sustainability. Her research at Greenwich has focused on relationships between responsible tourism and fishing in Europe and the Caribbean. She is now working on WetlandLIFE, a Valuing Nature project exploring health and wellbeing in wetlands in the context of mosquito management. Copyright Photograph © Cleaner Ocean Foundation 22 September 2018.
PANELISTS - The panelists included Dr Corina Ciocan, Dr Tim Ferrero, Dr Sean Ashworth and Percy Fisher. Copyright Photograph © Cleaner Ocean Foundation 22 September 2018.
There are two areas for stalls: the
Crypt and the Balcony. The crypt is the area through which visitors will arrive and the balcony overlooks the main auditorium.
Balcony stalls are:
OCEANS AND GLOBAL ISSUES
PARKING - This is a map showing Pelham Place (A259) in Hastings. St Mary In The Castle is seen top centre, to the right of the Borough Council buildings. There is ample parking in front of the venue at the seafront car park - pay and display. It will cost you about £10 for the whole day.
FISHERIES AND REGIONAL MARINE PROJECTS
OCEAN DUSTCART - SeaVax is seen here during open water floatation trials. Please note that this is a small (proof of concept) version of any ocean or river portable dustcart that we hope will be tested on the south coast of England as the project progresses. SeaVax is a selective filtration machine that will be configured to target solid plastics and particles. The machine could also be used in oil spill emergencies, or as a selective fishing vessel for harvesting of alternative marine produce. The platform could thus be useful in many ways, leaving traditional fishermen to catch their quotas in a move to more efficient use of our ocean resources.
SeaVax will be on display at The Ocean Symposium, Hastings on the 22nd September.
SPEAKERS WHO IS WHO
Natalie Samarasignhe Executive Director, United Nations Association UK. Natalie is has worked at the UNA since 2006 and is the first woman to hold this role. In this capacity, Natalie works closely with UNA-UK's Board of Trustees on the Association's strategy and policy positioning. She provides analysis on international relations and institutions, and leads the UNA-UK team in its campaigning, advocacy, outreach, fundraising and education activities. She speaks and writes regularly on UN issues, and has overall responsibility for UNA-UK's profile and impact.
Dr. Nicholas Watts Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. Nicholas has actively been involved in international advocacy work tied to the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council and the bi-annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings . His work as Education Adviser to the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council focuses on Education for Sustainable Development, leading the Council’s work on small-scale fisheries, sustainable livelihoods, and food security.
Dr. Tim Ferrero Senior Specialist for Marine Advocacy, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Tim has a background in marine biology with a specialism in nematodes. At Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, he is responsible for delivering ‘Living Seas’, The Wildlife Trusts’ vision for UK seas. This includes marine data collection and dissemination, education and engagement, and marine advocacy generally.
Dr. Sean Ashworth Deputy Chief Fisheries and Conservation Officer, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority. Sean Ashworth is an environmental manager looking after marine fisheries and conservation in Sussex, UK. After completing his fisheries PhD at the University of Exeter he went on to work for Southern Water and the Environment Agency before joining the Sussex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (IFCA) in 2015. At Sussex IFCA Sean has helped bring in management that now protect four Marine Conservation Zones and helps create sustainable shellfisheries across the District. As a diver he has explored the amazing marine environments of the UK, the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, Fiji, Belize and the Falkland Islands first hand.
Jeremy Percy Executive Director, Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE). In his forty year career Jeremy has worked across the whole spectrum of the fisheries sector. He has been a small scale, and not so small scale, fisherman, a fisheries manager and regulator, skipper of a fisheries protection vessel, and a fish processor and merchant. Closer to the shore, he has been Chairman of local fishermen associations, Chief Executive to the Welsh Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and Chief Executive of NUTFA, UK (New Under Ten Fishermen's Association) the only dedicated representative body for small-scale fishers in England and Wales. He was a founding member of LIFE which represents the interests of Europe's low impact fishermen and it's with that hat on that we sat down to hear his thoughts on Europe's small-scale fishermen.
Volunteer Project Manager, SeaVax Project.
Nelson is one of the key designers of the SeaVax and AmphiMax concept vehicles. His services in relation to conservation issues are
provided to not-for-profit organizations on a free basis. This includes conception and development of strategies for sustainable use of planet earth, aiming for a truly circular economy.
Morven Robertson UK Project Manager, BLUE Marine Foundation. Morven was born in Scotland but spent her childhood in Gabon, Malaysia and Singapore, where she first worked at a fish farm as a hatchery technician. She later worked to develop marine legislation for the Bermudian government during her Marine Environmental Management MSc at York. Prior to BLUE, Morven was the UK project lead for the global eco-label and fisheries certifier, Friend of the Sea. Morven has been responsible for the development and implementation of a number of inshore marine conservation and fisheries management projects in the UK.
Jamie Bedwell Local Triathlete and 2024 Olympics hopeful.
Dr. Corina Ciocan Lecturer in Environmental Sciences and Marine Biology, University of Brighton
Paul Linwood Sewage Policy Manager, Southern Water Chairman, Sussex Marine & Coastal Forum
Andrew & Oksana Stuart Youth Ocean Action, Eastbourne
Colin Derbyshire Regional Rep (Hastings), Surfers Against Sewage
Oliver Sterno Community Leader, Plastic Free Eastbourne
St Mary In The Castle
Sarah Ward - Living Seas Officer
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ST MARY HISTORY
HASTINGS - St Mary in the Castle is a Grade II* listed building in Hastings. St Mary in the Castle is a grade II* listed former Church built in the Neo-Classical style. It was converted into an arts centre in 1998 after substantial refurbishment by Hastings Borough Council and English Heritage. St Mary in the Castle has played host to numerous high profile exhibitions. The building sits as the centre piece of the delightful Pelham Crescent above the regency Pelham Arcade on Hastings Seafront. The arcade is currently undergoing works to restore it to its original form and now houses the St Mary in the Castle Restaurant. With its restored lantern roof the restaurant is a bright and welcoming space.
ST MARY IN THE CASTLE
Venue Manager: Sean Berkley
Registered Charity No. 1152523
INTERIOR: The interior of the church is laid out with a horseshoe gallery to the north overlooking a shallow rectangular three-bay sanctuary which is flanked by single bays which break forward to enclose lobbies which give access to the portico and gallery. Each lobby has a pair of doors beneath a recessed round-headed alcove which is now blind, but from late C19 photographs appears to have been open. Smaller single doors to each side give onto stone stairs with iron balusters and a moulded mahogany rail with a curtail supported on a slender columnar newel; the outer wall of the church is cut away in a moulded hemisphere to accommodate the curtail.
The lobby floor is stone-flagged. The gallery is supported on piers with corbels in the form of angels, while the gallery roof is visually supported on Corinthian columns, now marbled. The main ceiling is a complex structure, in the form of a coved horseshoe rather than a conventional dome. The ceiling is panelled and separated by heavy moulded ribs and brackets which support a rich entablature from which ribs again rise to form the framework of a partly glazed lantern. The pronounced anthemion cornice echoes the detail of the columns, while horseshoes, extant in the 1890s, are repeated in the mouldings of the frieze. The sanctuary has a separate coved panelled ceiling, while the gallery roof also has shallow moulded panels. The church has encaustic tile flooring. In the 1920s the room to the east of the main church was adapted as a baptistery, complete with a stone-lined immersion font, while the spring was converted to a grotto to commemorate the centenary of the building.
CLIMATE CHANGE - There has been a Climate Conference every year since the founding assembly at which many important Agreements as to targets and issues were raised and resolved for a better world. A better world is a place that is sustainable for future generations.
EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY
* Brussels 2008: "A regional approach to the implementation of Maritime Policy"
* Rome 2009: "Integrated Maritime Policy and the contribution of maritime clusters"
* Gijón 2010: "How to foster innovation?"
* Gdansk 2011: "Maritime Policy: Putting People First"
* Gothenburg 2012: "Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts"
* Valletta 2013: "Coastal Development and Sustainable Maritime Tourism"
* Bremen 2014: "Innovation driving Blue Growth"
* Piraeus 2015: "Ports and Coasts, Gateways to Maritime Growth"
* Turku 2016: "Investing in blue growth – smart and sustainable solutions"
* Poole 2017: "The Future of our Seas"
* Burgas 2018: Bulgaria "TBA"
* Lisbon 2019: Portugal "TBA"
* Cork 2020: Ireland "TBA"
* Den Helder 2021: The Netherlands "TBA"
* Ravenna 2022: Italy "TBA"
* Brest 2023: France "TBA"
* Svendborg 2024: Denmark "TBA"
LINKS & REFERENCE
This website is provided on a free basis as a public information service. copyright © Cleaner Oceans Foundation Ltd (COFL) (Company No: 4674774) 2018. Solar Studios, BN271RF, United Kingdom. COFL is a charity without share capital. The names AmphiMax™, RiverVax™ and SeaVax™ are trade names used under license by COF in connection with their 'Feed The World' ocean cleaning sustainability campaign.