Using the best scientific knowledge for the sustainable management of estuaries and coastal seas

5-8 September 2022 | Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain

The ECSA 59 Conference has now taken place.

Award Winners

Best oral presentation 

Carbon provenance and coastal connectivity - implications for temperate seagrass carbon sequestration capacity

Emma Ward1, Federica Ragazzola2, Sarah Reynolds1, Marianna Cerasuolo1, Joanne Preston1

1University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK. 2Ischia Marine Centre, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Ischia, Italy


Highly commended 

Citizen science supports integrated marine debris monitoring and management at multiple scales

Jordan Gacutan1,2, Heidi Tait3, Emma Johnston1, Graeme Clark1

1UNSW Sydney, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Kensington, Australia. 2Global Ocean Accounts Partnership (Secretariat), Sydney, Australia. 3Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Brisbane, Australia


Microplastic in SW Iberian coastal waters: Identifying sources and pathways through a modelling approach 

Eloah Rosas1, Flávio Martins1,2, João Janeiro1, Marko Tosic1,3, Lara Mills1, Fernando Mendonça1

1University of the Algarve Centre for Marine and Environmental Research, Faro, Portugal. 2University of Algarve Higher Institute of Engineering, Faro, Portugal. 3EAFIT University, Medellín, Colombia


Seasonality and abundance of early life stages of Callinectes sapidus on the Spanish Mediterranean coast

Alberto Gil Fernández, Paula Navarro García, Miguel Rodilla, Silvia Falco

Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain


Best Poster Presentation

Improving beachcast management: Knowledge from the policy incentive and beachcast governance system on Gotland, Sweden

Hanna NathanielKTH Royal Institute of Technology Department of Sustainable Development Environmental Science and Engineering, Sweden


Highly commended 

Valuation and mapping of the recreational diving ecosystem service of the Aegean Sea

Valentini Stamatiadou1Antonios D. Mazaris2Zisis Mallios2Stelios Katsanevakis1
1University of the Aegean, Greece,2Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Assessing biomarker responses and contaminant accumulation from wastewater treatment plant discharges in field-deployed mussels
Camille Baettig1,2Kirsty Smith1,2Gavin Lear2Satoshi Endo3Daisuke Nakajima3Louis Tremblay1,2
1Cawthron Institute, New Zealand,2The University of Auckland, New Zealand,3National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

Protecting marine timbers from biodegradation by the wood-boring crustacean, Limnoria, without the use of broad-spectrum biocides
Lucy Martin1Laura Michie1,2Mats Westin3Stig Lande4Simon Cragg1
1University of Portsmouth, Institute of Marine Sciences, UK,2Mangrove Action Project, USA,3RISE Research Institutes Of Sweden, Sweden,4Kebony AS, Norway

loation1 Panoramic view of San Sebastian

Welcome to ECSA’s next major symposium, ECSA 59: Using the best scientific knowledge for the sustainable management of estuaries and coastal seas, which will take place from 5-8 September 2022 in the Kursaal Congress Centre, San Sebastian, Spain.

ECSA 59 will bring together a global multi-disciplinary community of researchers, educators and practitioners to address issues of outstanding importance in the science (both natural and social) and management of estuaries and coastal seas in this rapidly changing world.

Estuaries and coastal seas are facing multiple pressures coming from human activities, which result in habitats and biodiversity loss, introduction of invasive species, input of different types of pollutants (i.e., organic compounds, pharmaceuticals, microplastics, noise, light, etc.), overexploitation of resources and impairment of the marine health status. This is turn compromises the capacity of delivering ecosystem services and human benefits.

On top of these effects, global change is dramatically modifying the structure and functioning of marine systems. To reverse this situation, implementation of management measures, rooted in the best scientific knowledge possible, are needed.

Identifying such measures requires long-term monitoring based on the ecosystem-based approach. This should be done through international collaboration (e.g., within the UN Decade of the Oceans, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, etc.), with the participation of multidisciplinary teams, using novel monitoring, analysis and assessment tools, including multiple origin data sources, and going towards open science.

This can help to manage the activities that we are doing at estuaries and coastal seas, and consequently, contribute to achieving sustainable seas and marine resources.

We are still accepting poster abstracts on the following topics. Please submit using the online abstract submission system.

Conference Topics

Changing physical settings and processes

  • Coastal morphodynamics affected by engineering structures and sea-level rise
  • From measuring to modelling hydro- and sediment dynamics
  • Impact of extreme events on coastal systems
  • Monitoring with coastal ocean observing systems

Biogeochemical processes and fluxes at the land – sea interface

  • Biogeochemical processes and fluxes at the land – sea interface
  • From catchment to coast: effects of land use change and hydrological regulations
  • Carbon and nitrogen cycling in benthic and pelagic ecosystems
  • Impact of ocean acidification on coastal systems
  • Blue carbon: assessing the role and carbon storage potential of coastal wetlands, seaweeds and seagrasses

Shifting ecosystem structures and functions

  • The effects of restoration on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Role of functional and response diversity to changes for ecosystem resilience
  • Linkages between estuaries, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs
  • Stress responses and resilience: from molecular to ecosystem level

The human dimension: impact, management, governance

  • Resource use patterns and management and implications for the environment
  • Participatory management approaches in coastal zone management
  • Decision support tools and approaches for sustainable marine and coastal spatial planning
  • Assessing marine ecosystem services
  • Governing the commons: institutions for the Marine Governance
  • Science communication, citizen science and ocean literacy

Special Sessions

Changing physical settings and processes

Biogeochemical processes and fluxes at the land – sea interface

Shifting ecosystem structures and functions

The human dimension: impact, management, governance


Changing physical settings and processes

Shifting ecosystem structures and functions

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Conference Chair
  • Ángel Borja, Principal Investigator, AZTI, Spain and Distinguished Adjunct Professor, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia

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  • Elsevier
  • ECSA
  • AZTI
  • LifeWatch
  • pyroscience

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