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Int'l marine confab opens in Hokkaido.

HAKODATE, Japan, Oct. 20 Kyodo

Some 450 scientists from 16 countries on Friday kicked off an annual conference of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization in Hakodate, Hokkaido, at which they will exchange information and report on recent research results.

The nine-day gathering will feature symposiums and workshops on marine science including zooplankton ecology, large-scale ocean circulation and mariculture technologies.

The intergovernmental scientific organization was established in 1992. Its present members are Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States.

The organization aims to promote marine research in the northern North Pacific and adjacent seas especially northward of 30 degrees north latitude.

It also seeks to advance scientific knowledge of the ocean environment, global weather and climate change, living resources and their ecosystems, and the impact of human activities.

During the meeting, the organization will hold lectures and a scientific exhibition on marine science and technologies for the public.
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Date:Oct 23, 2000
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