1st International Conference on Sea Lettuce (Ulva spp.) Management

Travel Grant Allocated!


The States of Jersey Department for Infrastructure, with guidance from Ricardo Energy and Environment, are organising The First International Conference on Sea Lettuce Management, to take place on the 5th and 6th October 2017 at the Grand Jersey hotel in St Helier, Jersey.


The States of Jersey have generously offered a travel grant for a limited number of delegates (on a first come first served basis) to attend this free event. This travel grant is offered for all reasonable accommodation and travel costs up to a total value of £500, and is limited to one claim per organisation – made in the form of an invoice.

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There are also a limited number of rooms which have been reserved at the conference venue (The Grand Jersey-a 5* resort) which may be booked by delegates upon registration (again, on a first come first serve basis). Book soon, as these room reservations need to be confirmed by the 19th September. You will be contacted by Ricardo upon registering for the event to be provided with further accommodation and grant information.


Event Information

The ever increasing occurrence of opportunistic macroalgal blooms in coastal environments has prompted recent research into and development of novel management techniques, at both the local level and the catchment scale. This conference aims to bring together impacted stakeholders and leading experts from varied backgrounds, and across international boundaries, building a platform upon which ideas can be shared and management strategies discussed.

This two day event will begin with a series of talks which lay the foundation for the conference break-out sessions. These will include:

  •          Keynote Talk 1 – A background on the ecological nature of macroalgal blooms
  •          Keynote Talk 2 – A detailed discussion of a current management strategy from an operational perspective.
  •         Keynote Talk 3 – Management at the catchment scale.

These talks will be followed by the following three break-out sessions, led by Ricardo and designed to optimise the sharing of knowledge:

  •          Break out Session 1 – Focus on regulatory and operational solutions: What works? What are the barriers and opportunities to translating innovative solutions to other areas, in Jersey and internationally.
  •          Break out Session 2 – How can we define and steer academic research to fill gaps in knowledge to best inform management and to evaluate the effectiveness of current practice?
  •          Break out Session 3 – Identifying costs and benefits of Ulva management options, also considering stakeholder engagement and methods of communicating operational decisions.

Day two will consist of short presentations on potential commercial re-use options for opportunistic macroalgal biomass, followed by the last two break-out sessions of the conference:

  •          Break out Session 1 – Identifying gaps in our collective knowledge.
  •          Break out Session 2 –Forming a road map to resolving the issues highlighted by the conference.

Organisers details

The States of Jersey Department for Infrastructure are responsible for a myriad of public services within the States of Jersey; specifically the provision, management and maintenance of the foul and surface water sewerage system and the provision and maintenance of formal parks, gardens, open spaces and amenity areas – which includes the white sand beaches of St. Aubin’s Bay, a major tourist attraction on the island.

Ricardo Energy and Environment are nationally and internationally recognised for our expertise in planning and overseeing complex and sensitive water and environmental projects, our skills have been utilised by a wide range of clients within the public and private sectors including the European Commission, central and local government, water companies, developers, infrastructure operators and other commercial organisations.

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