Second Round Table in Constanta, Romania

On  20-22 May 2013 at the Romanian Black Sea resort Neptun, Second Round table ”Black Sea REEFS Restoration-Management and Monitoring Aspects” took place.

This international forum dedicated to the management and monitoring of the future artificial reefs in the Black Sea was attended by guests from all countries involved in REEFS Project- Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey. Scientists, specialists, researchers and legal experts working in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity took participation in this forum and exchanged their views. They also  discussed all aspects of the reefs conservation and restoration in the Black Sea as well the administrative procedures related to this topic.

Alexander Assenov (Bulgaria), legal expert of REEFS Project, presented joint legal report, a work containing all other legal reports from  partner’s countries.He also presented a list of authorities involved in the permission procedures, distribution of the responsibilities and the steps of procedures for obtaining the legal permit.

Radu Mihnea (Romania), Head of the Romanian research team, made a proposal REEFS Project to be presented at the next annual meeting of the Black Sea  Commission( Instanbul) on  November 2013.

Mariana Stoyanova (Bulgaria), Partnership Coordinator of REEFS Project, shared her impressions from Marseille Conference dedicated to the Prado reefs-the largest complex of artificial reefs in the Mediterranean.

Mihaela Candea(Romania), the Executive director of Mare Nostrum NGO, shared her experience regarding opportunity to enhance the dialogue between the civil society and the researchers of Black Sea.

Ass.Prof. Bela Japoshvili (Georgia),talked about state institutions and artificial reefs development in partnering countries and especially in her report she emphasized on the legislation of Georgia. She said that in Georgian aquatory is only one artificial reef-a ship sunk with the financial support of the  German Technical Assistance Fund.

Prof.Boris Alexandrov(Ukraine), talked about scientific monitoring and assessment in the effective artificial reefs management and Prof.Ertug Duzgunes (Turkey) talked about artificial reefs an the ecology of fish populations.

At the last third day of the round table,  a discussion on the possible artificial reefs types, scope and term of operation took place, chaired by Petko Tzvetkov (Bulgaria), Project Manager of REEFS Project.

This event was covered by many local and national media and TV in Romania.