Maltese Marine Biologists to present Research Results at Major International Marine Science Congress No less than nine communications outlining the results of research work carried out by Maltese marine biologists will be presented at the 38th CIESM Congress in Istanbul, Turkey – one of Europe's most important marine science conferences – to be opened on Monday 9th April by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. Spread over five days, the Congress will see some 750 marine scientists from around the world giving oral and poster presentations and participating in panel discussions and workshops, organised by the six CIESM Committees: Marine Geosciences, Physics and Climate of the Ocean, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Microbiology, Living Resources & Marine Ecosystems, and Coastal Systems, and focussing on the most important issues facing the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

CIESM – the International Commission for Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean Sea – is one of the oldest intergovernmental marine science organizations in the world and has as its main purpose the promotion of international research on the Mediterranean Sea and contiguous waters (Black Sea and Atlantic Ocean). It achieves this aim by acting as a focus for the exchange of ideas, the communication of scientific information and the development of scientific standards, and by initiating, designing and coordinating international research projects, workshops and symposia, as well as convening a tri-ennial Congress, the 38th edition of which will take place next week.

Maltese researchers from the Marine Ecology Research Group of the Department of Biology of the University of Malta, led by Prof. Patrick J. Schembri, and from the Malta Centre for Fisheries Sciences, together with collaborators from foreign Universities, will present the results of their studies on: the fauna of beached seagrass wrack (lead author Alan Deidun), fouling organisms from Maltese ports (lead author Graziella Muscat), the ecology of a recently introduced alien crab in Maltese waters (two papers, lead author Marija Sciberras), the fauna of deep water trawled bottoms on the Maltese continental shelf (two papers, lead author Mark Dimech), marine litter and discarded limestone slabs as a habitat in deep water muddy bottoms off Malta (two papers, lead author Roberta Pace), and on the status of the endemic Maltese top shell Gibbula nivosa (lead author, Patrick J Schembri). All these papers have been refereed and accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 38th CIESM Congress.