IIED to host Twitter chat on oceans

News, 16 May 2018
Join our Twitter chat on Thursday 31 May to talk about how to safeguard our oceans.

Watching fishermen at the end of the day on the beach of Kotchi, Kerala, India (Photo: Antoine Collet, Creative Commons via Flickr)

IIED is inviting researchers, policymakers and practitioners to share their work and ideas in an online conversation throughout the day on Thursday 31 May 2018. 

IIED will use Twitter and the hashtag #oceanhour to host the online discussion in hour-long slots from 10-11am, 2-3pm and 4-5pm (BST).

The conversation will cover issues ranging from high seas governance, what it will take to make sustainable small-scale fisheries part of the growing blue economy, and the connection between pollution out at sea and the impact on coastal water ecosystems.

The online dialogue will precede World Oceans Day on 8 June and is part of IIED’s ongoing and growing Ocean and Fisheries Economics programme. We hope you will join in the discussion. 

To join the conversation: follow #oceanhour on Twitter from 10-11am, 2-3pm and 4-5pm (BST) on Thursday 31 May.

Share, comment and get involved

IIED's Twitter chat is designed to stimulate and support international dialogue and debate around environmental fiscal reforms, the Blue economy, the law of the high seas, and to share best practice and stories of success.

To kickstart the conversation, IIED will tweet out a series of key questions and invite responses. The chat questions will be tweeted from IIED's Twitter account, @IIED.

The questions will be:

• What catalyses sustainable management of marine and coastal ecosystems? 

• What is the biggest threat to our ocean? (a) overfishing, (b) marine pollution (c) climate change? 

• What difference would sustainable management of the high seas make to coastal communities in developing countries? 

• What have you done to show the significance of small-scale fisheries to local economies and livelihoods? 

Read more about IIED's Oceans work 

Three things I learnt from a small-scale fisherman in Albania, blog, January 2018

Carrots and sticks: incentives to conserve hilsa fish in Myanmar, project page

Moving a step closer to protecting the high seas, blog, August 2017

How to participate in a Twitter chat 

1. All your tweets should contain the Twitter chat hashtag being used (i.e. #oceanhour). This enables them to be linked to the larger conversation taking place.

2. All answers to the scripted questions should label which question they are answering. For example, if answering the first question, you should write “A1: I believe that…. #oceanhour”; the second question would be “A2: xxx”, etc

3. If your answer is too long for a single tweet, you can carry the answer over several tweets. To signify that these tweets are related, include the number of the tweet over how many tweets the answer will continue. For example: “A1: I believe that… #oceanhour (1/3)” “Also, I think that… #oceanhour(2/3)” “Finally, I think… #oceanhour (3/3)”.

4. When the Twitter chat starts, keep an eye on both the official moderator (@IIED) for the scripted questions and the hashtag #oceanhour. It’s a good idea to keep both of these tabs open throughout the entirety of the chat.

5. While monitoring the #oceanhour feed and your notifications tab, you may come across questions from outside participants. If you wish to answer their question, simply hit “reply” and enter your answer into the text box. Make sure to continue to include the hashtag #oceanhour.

6. People are tuning into the Twitter chat to hear from you – feel comfortable to share your resources, be yourself and to answer honestly.


Anne Schulthess (Anne.Schulthess@iied.org), IIED's Marketing manager

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