150 people together with the representatives of some institutions were participated to the Marmara Sea Symposium, which was organized in Bakirköy Municipal Yunus Emre Culture Centre between 25 and 26 September 2010. During the symposium 63 scientific papers were presented. Moreover, the symposium book was published and distributed to the participants.

Prof. Nadia Pinardi and Mr. Kerem Kemerli were participated to the symposium as invited speakers. Prof. Pinardi’s speech was about the Marsilli’s observations and studies on the water budget and currents of Turkish Straits. His studies were started from 1681 and it is thought that those oceanography studies were the first ones all around the world. Kerem Kemerli was talked about the operation of petrol clearing process in Mexico Bay which is classified as the biggest petrol leakage of the last century.

Furthermore, governmental institutions were also participated to the symposium and the Bluefish Conservation Campaign was contributed. And a special session was organized on the bluefish subject.

Experts pointed out the extent of the Marmara Sea pollution, Mucilage formation, bacteria pollution and their possible threats to the public health. It was agreed that fishing activities in Marmara Sea is in danger and overfishing as well as illegal fishing should be prevented, illegal trawl fishing should be controlled and marine protected areas which excludes the fishery activities should be established. .

During the seminar it was pointed out that studies on the ship traffic and dangerous trade transportation is needed and these studies should based on to the reliable data and includes the complex scenarios. Especially the cost analysis of potential accidents and studies on how to prevent them should be increased.

Another topic of the symposium was the importance of sharing the information that comes from the studies on the possible earthquakes with public. Moreover, development on the naming process of the Marmara Sea Trenches was approved. In general, it is agreed to establish an action plan for the protection of Marmara Sea which covers all of the stakeholders. In the symposium, it was highlighted that protecting the Marmara would also contribute on the protection of Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

It was mentioned that we need more scientific studies. The symposium was over by the wishes and requests of continuing the successful studies of our foundation, Turkish Marine Research Foundation.

Management board of Turkish Marine Foundation sends their special thanks to the Bakırköy Municipality, all of the participants and all of the sponsors of this symposium.

Prof.Nadia Pinardi

Prof.Dr. Emin Özsoy Marsili

Prof.Dr. Bayram Öztürk

Prof.Dr. Mümtaz Soysal

Prof. Dr.Kasım Cemal Güven