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[ INTERNATIONAL NEWS ] Belgium: EMODnet Initiative seeks new and innovative ways of using open marine data EMODnet is organising a threeday open data hackathon from 15-17 November 2017 in Antwerp Belgium called the Open Sea Lab where participants can dive into vast resources of European marine open data. The EMODnet bootcamp will bring together experts in European marine data management from EMODnet with specialists in innovation from IMEC, a research and development organisation focused on digital technologies, to help turn innovative ideas into working applications. The

potential of marine resources is huge, but so too are the pressures on them, creating a responsibility to manage them sustainably. Access to accurate and adequate marine data has never been more important and EMODnet is working to provide this. The open data relates to many aspects of the physical and chemical state of our European seas and oceans, their depth, the geological structure of their seabeds, the habitats that they support, the biodiversity that inhabits them and the human

activities that take place there. This information is an under-utilised resource which can be used in innovative ways to solve problems or to create new applications. The Open Sea Lab will match-make and bring together teams and will involve ideation, co-creation, prototype development and validation by mentors. For more information visit www.opensealab.eu. Interested in applying as a team or as an individual? Â Then please submit your applications

to www.opensealab.eu/applications. This is an excellent opportunity to improve your skills, network with experts and possibly win one of the great prizes on offer!

Until the turn of the century, mackerel were an uncommon sight in Iceland. But in 2016, mackerel was the third most caught and third most valuable fish, bringing in EUR87 million or 8 percent of the nation’s total catch value. “The mackerel story is perhaps one of the most striking, demonstrating the changes taking place in fish stocks in the North Atlantic in recent years,â€? Ă“lafur S. Ă stÞórsson, a scientist at Reykjavik’s Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI), which advises the Icelandic government on catch levels, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Waters around Iceland have risen 1 to 2 degrees Celsius in the last 20 years and increasing ocean temperatures are changing fish stocks, with southern species swimming north and northern species moving even further in search of the temperatures they favour, and shifting fisheries accordingly. Increasing water temperatures, however, do not only bring positive aspects. Increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere is absorbed by the oceans making them progressively acid. This 

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Iceland: Warmer waters change stock distributions for good and bad

Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increases the acidity of oceans to the detriment of many forms of marine life.

could have serious effects on sea life. New diseases are also appearing and although it is still unclear how much of a factor rising temperatures play, Iceland’s scallop stock has collapsed and there have been mass deaths of herring. Fishing was once the largest industry in Iceland, but has been overtaken by tourism and energy. Still, nearly 20 percent of Iceland’s

economy is directly or indirectly related to fishing. The impact of climatic changes require the industry to be nimble - an ability it is already showing, Icelandic experts say. It took the Icelandic fishing industry between 2-4 years to fully adapt to the increased supply of mackerel investing in new equipment and developing new product lines and marketing

mechanisms. The changes in fish stocks are a regional phenomenon. A November 2016 report by ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, analysed 19 fish species in the North East Atlantic and found 16 showed changes in stock distribution. The report mentioned environmental conditions as the main cause of these changes.

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