Special Issue "Ocean Conservation and Pollution in an Era of Blue Economy"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical Oceanography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Juan José Alava
Guest Editor
1. Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Faculty of Science, The University of British Columbia, AERL 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada
2. School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby, Canada
Interests: marine eco-toxicology, ocean pollution, environmental toxicology and chemistry, bioaccumulation science, food web bioaccumulation modeling of pollutants, climate change, ocean health and conservation, fisheries science and management, conservation biology, zoology, tropical parasitology, environmental and public health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As an editorial initiative of the Journal of Marine Science & Engineering (JMSE), we are proud to announce that we are launching a Special Issue titled “Ocean Conservation and Pollution in an Era of Blue Economy”

Ocean pollution is one of the main causes affecting the health and conservation of the global ocean. The physical, chemical, and biological components of our oceans are being changed and reshaped because of a myriad of anthropogenic activities and threats jeopardizing the quality of the oceans and marine biodiversity inhabiting this unique realm in planet Earth. In the renaissance of the Blue Economy, ocean problems and solutions should be prioritized for an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable use of the oceans. The proactive and precautionary conservation of the ocean is key for the survival of marine species and the wellbeing of human beings. The aim of this Special Issue is to create an organized, comprehensive, and interactive collection of several contributions (i.e., original research articles, reviews, short communications, and opinions/policy essays) regarding the state of ocean conservation and impacts by biological and chemical pollution resulting from human-made activities in concert with the imperative vision of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Life Below Water (SDG 14) to envision ocean solutions to control, mitigate, and eliminate marine pollution.

We welcome contributions from ocean scientists, marine ecotoxicologists, coastal and civil engineers, environmental engineers, oceanographers, social scientists and maritime anthropologists, environmental and fisheries economists in academia, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations that aim to highlight scientific advancements, new knowledge, and solution-oriented research within this Special Issue.

As Guest Editor, I would like to cordially express my invitation and encourage you to contribute to this topic.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Juan José Alava
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Ocean pollution
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants
  • metals
  • mercury
  • pharmaceuticals and personal care products
  • ocean plastic
  • microplastics
  • harmful algal blooms
  • ocean pollution solutions
  • marine biodiversity
  • fisheries
  • ocean conservation
  • Anthropocene
  • Blue Economy
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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