Attending IMPAC3 in Marseille

Project type: Congress, Public speaking, Workshop
Dates: October 21-25, 2013
Location: Pharo Palace, Marseille, France
Project target: THE WATERMEN PROJECT to be introduced at the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress; To share breath-hold diving key advantages for ocean observation/conservation
Team: William Winram, Michèle Monico
Participants to congress: > 2000


THE WATERMEN PROJECT will participate to its first international congress on the subject of Marine Protected Areas.

It will be a unique opportunity to meet with scientists from around the world, hear what progress have been made in the realm of Marine Protected Areas research and management as well as targeting challenges for the future.

Among the highlights of the event: IMPAC3 Ambassador Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, former Chief Scientist of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and now Explorer-in-Residence with the National Geographic Society. Dr. Earle’s message is about catalyzing action for ocean Protection. In cooperation with Dan Laffoley (IUCN WCPA-marine), she will launch a map showing 50 new Hope Spots: areas in the ocean that merit immediate protection for their value to ocean ecosystems and to humankind. Panel speakers will then present their progress on specific Hope Spot locations, from the Sargasso Sea to the Arctic, and Google Earth will demonstrate their latest technology to increase awareness and action for Hope Spots.

As IUCN Global Marine & Polar MPP Oceans Ambassador William Winram will participate to two events:

A workshop titled “Underwater observation techniques to support MPA creation and management” (WS2E2); 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM in NOTRE DAME room of the Pharo Palace.

Chairpersons: Dominique PELLETIER, IFREMER ; Renata FERRARI, University of Sydney

Contributors: Vincent MARAN, French Federation for Underwater Studies and Sports ; Patrice PLA, ACSA-ALCEN ; William WINRAM, The Watermen Project ; Dorothée COULOMB, ACSA

Observing marine animals within their habitat is probably the best way to understand their behaviour and interactions. Many underwater observation techniques are available, from breath-hold or scuba diving, to high technology fixed devices and autonomous vehicles. However, beyond the magnificent images of a largely unknown world, how can these observations help in preserving marine species and their environment? This workshop will first draw a panel of various observation techniques through a contrasted selection of underwater studies. A discussion will follow on how these techniques can complement each other for the benefit of marine life preservation. In particular, practical recommendations will be proposed, in terms of Marine Protected Areas management and public involvement.

Additionnaly, William Winram will present Great White Shark, on Thursday Oct 24 in the Auditorium.

“Our mission is to change people’s attitudes toward the great white,” says Steve McNicholas, co-director of the film. “It’s not the menacing, evil predator it’s made out to be. It’s simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean’s food chain. Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions.” Great White Shark is a new IMAX film which launched in May 2013 in the U.S. and Canada and is now playing worldwide. The version shown during IMPAC3 is 2D digital. World champion breath-hold diver and IUCN Oceans Ambassador William Winram is seen freediving with great white sharks in the crystal clear waters of Guadalupe, Mexico, together with colleague Fred Buyle, for Dr. Edgar Mauricio Hoyos Padilla’s ongoing research.

Film art work featuring William Winram with a great white shark

Film art work featuring William Winram with a great white shark