The 3rd Thematic Transboundary Meeting (TTM#3) on innovative environmental monitoring and modelling technologies for assessment of fish stock and non-fish resources was organized on 5th and 6th July in Varna, Bulgaria. The meeting was hosted by Black Sea Danube Association of research and development (BDCA) as a hybrid event with live participation of involved partners, stakeholders and guests in Art Saloon Radio Varna, Varna, Bulgaria and online participants in MS Teams platform.
The main goal of the event was to raise awareness of researchers, surveyors and decision makers in innovative technologies for monitoring of environmental parameters and assessment of fish stock & non-fish resources at Black Sea.
The 3rd TTM was attended by more than 40 participants from six Black Sea countries. Main focus of the event was an overview of the first pilot demonstration survey and training, organized in Varna, Bulgaria in the period from 22 June 2021 until 5 July 2021., The used equipment, the research vessel, survey programme and participants, were presented and discussed, together with main challenges and first conclusions from the demonstration and trainings programme.
The program of the Seminar session on the second day included a number of invited lectures and presentations, within the main theme of the event, as follows:
- Methods and tools for estimation of the fish stock;
- Data collection and real-time visualization/demonstration using ICT tools
- Assessment of fish stock and non-fish resources at Bulgarian Black Sea coast
- Innovative techniques for non-fish resources stock assessment
- Development of Aquacultures along the Black Sea Coast; Sustainable use of Black Sea resources and Blue Economy
The TTM#3 finished with a fruitful roundtable discussion focused on potential of usage of innovative monitoring equipment in the Black Sea region, possible opportunities for further cooperation, need of research and investment initiatives, targeted to improve joint monitoring and cross-border data exchange - this way contributing to BSB Program result 2.1 "Improved availability of cross-border compatible environmental monitoring data and information" .