MMMPA researchers attended the Conference organised by the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) held in Sesimbra, Portugal from May 12 to 16, 2014. ECSA is an international organization dedicated to the study of all aspects of estuarine and coastal marine science, and also the application of science for conservation and environmental management. This year the conference was focused to explore the topic of environmental change in estuarine and coastal systems and to develop advanced assessment and management tools.
MMMPA researchers participated to the congress with two oral presentations. First, Patricia Marti Puig presented a poster on “Morphometric and genetic distinctness between two closely related species of limpets (Patella rustica and Patella caerulea) among Marine Protected Areas in the western Mediterranean”, showing some a set of measurements to distinguish these two closely related limpets. She also gave a talk on “genetic connectivity of the species Patella rustica and Patella caerulea among four marine protected areas in the western Mediterranean” in the “Connectivity and its implications towards conservation and management” session, showing the some of the genetic results that will be useful to evaluate the connectivity among the Marine Protected Areas to further give an advice about their efficiency for Marine Protected Areas managers. 
Daniel Mateos Molina gave a talk on “Turbidity as a threat to the coastal benthic habitats” within the “Improving management and decision processes: advances in predictive tools” session, showing previous results of a benthic vulnerability map obtained by combining benthic habitats distribution, their sensitivities to turbidity variations, derived from literature, and turbidity scenarios. This study provides essential information to develop a reliable and robust framework, able to assist decision makers to set appropriate monitoring and effective management policies.
Reported by Patricia Marti Puig & Daniel Mateos Molina