An international conference
5-7 November 2018
The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)
Al Ain City, UAE

It is well known that the Gulf’s marine environment has long suffered due to the extraction of oil, effects of drilling, refining, dredging and landfilling, as well as global maritime transportation continue to be a source for  anthropogenic stresses. The impacts of coastal development, multiple stressors and emerging issues, such as climate change, invasive species and costal alterations, have further degraded the Gulf ecosystem. These negatively affect water quality, fisheries, aquaculture and tourism which are all economically critical to the region.
The Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society (AEHMS) is not new to the region, over the last 15 years it has been actively involved in organizing scientific conferences on the health of the Gulf marine ecosystem.
The Gulf3 conference is a continuation of the collaboration between the AEHMS and the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). This conference confirms the serious intention of the UAE to tackle major environmental problems which stress the Gulf ecosystem, through the exchange of scientific knowledge of both international and regional experts. This has inspired the AEHMS to take the lead in collaborating with the UAEU to organize the Gulf3 international conference on 5-7 November 2018.


This conference focuses on the management of the Gulf’s ecosystem, with a special emphasis on climate change, invasive species, and coastal alterations. We welcome participants who wish to give oral or poster presentations which fall under one or more of the following conference themes:

• Climate change: Impact & adaptation
• Invasive species: Detection & control
• Coastal alterations and their impacts on marine habitat
• Ecological Impairments (EIs)
• Water quality guidelines
• Developing an international remedial action plan vs. existing agreements
• Biodiversity conservation & foodweb changes
• Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
• Pollution / eutrophication / water quality / contaminants
• Fishes, fisheries, & aquaculture

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