09:15 - 11:15Current status of large predators: protection and economic opportunitiesThe session will be moderated by Tony Haymet.
Keynote speech by the President of Palau, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr.
Sharks and bluefin tuna, and more generally apex predators, hold a crucial role in the balance of marine ecosystems. Over the past years, the stocks of their wild populations have been pushed to their natural limits. New opportunities and perspectives are now evident with the creation of sanctuaries and the development of improved sustainable methods thriving to preserve these species.
11:30 - 12:00Visit of Sharks exhibit at the Oceanographic Museum
12:00 - 13:05Lunch break
13:15 - 14:45What are the perspectives for the sustainable exploitation of marine resources?This session will be moderated by Céline Cousteau.
The oceans represent a virtually untapped resource, but an ever-increasing human population and demand now threatens their diversity. Despite an improved fishing effort, and the development of sophisticated technology, the world’s fisheries began declining in the 1980s.
A change in the pattern of human use of the marine environment has become essential, notably through aquaculture and marine biotechnology solutions. The development in marine bio resources could represent a solution to the working question on how industry, research and civil society could improve collaboration and partnerships to foster breakthroughs to feed, fuel and heal the world.
14:45 - 16:15Marine Protected Areas at the heart of "Blue Growth"This session will be moderated by Sebastian Troeng.
Keynote speech by H.E.Mr Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati
Marine Protected Areas have a proven use in the protection of biodiversity. They also have proven positive impact for the sustainable socio-economic development and well-being within and beyond its boundaries. If MPAs are well-managed and enforced, they can become an efficient tool for dialogue and cooperation among the different sectors of activity (tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, offshore wind farms…) and could contribute to tackling common challenges such as achieving sustainable development objectives and promoting new and alternative economic activities... The concept of marine spatial planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management brings together the protection of marine biodiversity and the development of local activities promoting economic potential and opportunities. Thus, it is crucial for MPAs to build business models that could convince business actors to invest in marine protection.