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Oceans Past VI Conference

Historical Perspectives on the Elements and Dynamics of the Marine Socio-Ecological System

16-18 May 2017 | Sesimbra, Portugal

Conference Outputs: Poster Session

Click on the links below to view posters from the Oceans Past VI Conference poster session.

Alves d'Almeida, Carolina: "Crossing epistemological seas : reflections about the multiple routes of the (non -monumental) history of ethology."

Baptista, Brigida; de Gula, Lais: "The Ancient Tunafish village of Barrill, Algarve"

Fortibuoni et al: "Analysis of long-term changes in a Mediterranean marine ecosystem based on fishery landings"

Panzeri et al: "Reconstructing the Dynamics of Small Pelagics in the Adriatic Sea over more than a Century (1902-2014)"

Peharda, Melita; Ezgeta-Balic, Daria: "Bivalve aquaculture in Croatia-historical perspective"

Picanco, Cristina: "Uses and descriptions of marine natural elements in the report of S. Francisco trip (16th century) across the Atlantic."

Conference Abstract

Marine science has taken a historical turn during the past two decades. Individual studies and global initiatives such as the History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP) and the Sea Around Us programmes have led to a large number of research projects in diverse socio-ecological systems, from coastal European marshes to Pacific islands to Atlantic fisheries.

Meanwhile, in what could be dubbed a sea change of history, environmental historians are also studying human engagement with the underwater realm. Historians, including archaeologists, sociologists, and geographers, have engaged with marine scientists in an interdisciplinary effort to bring together the long-term study of human and animal worlds. Thanks to this collaborative effort, researchers have not only identified, but in many cases resolved, the problem of the ‘shifting baseline’ by pushing back the chronological limits of our knowledge.

This conference, the sixth in the Oceans Past series, will provide a forum where the latest research in marine environmental history and historical marine ecology can be presented and debated, and easily accessible to all researchers and policy makers.

Conference Programme

Conference Abstracts


Oceans Past Platform

Working Group Meetings

OPI is connected with the COST Action Oceans Past Platform (2015-2018) that aims to determine the socio-economic, political, cultural and ecological implications of human impacts on marine life, and to develop historical descriptors and indicators for marine and coastal management. Meetings to discuss the current research on the five OPP Working Groups will be held in Sesimbra at May 19th 2017.

The action calls on historians, archaeologists and social scientists as well as colleagues from the marine sciences to engage in dialogue and collaboration with ocean and coastal managers. Researchers gather within five thematic Working Groups , namely 1) Fish production, 2) Coastal settlements, 3) Aquaculture, 4) Changing values, and 5) Gendered seas.


Alison MacDiarmid (New Zealand) -

Scientific Steering Committee

  • Henn Ojaveer (Estonia, chair)
  • Poul Holm (Ireland)
  • Malcolm Tull (Australia)
  • Patricia Miloslavich (Australia)
  • Lembi Lõugas (Estonia)
  • Gesche Krause (Germany)
  • Bao Maohong (China)
  • Local Organising Committee

  • Cristina Brito (Chair) - (CHAM)
  • Nina Vieira - (CHAM)
  • Catarina Garcia - (CHAM)
  • Inês Carvalho - (APCM)
  • Joanne D'Arcy - (OPP - TCD)

  • Last updated 7 September 2017 History (Email).