The First World Ocean Science Congress (WOSC) was held in Kochi, Kerala from 5 February 2015 to 8 February 2015.
The focal themes of the WOSC 2015 were Protect Oceans for Posterity and Blue Economy. WOSC -2015 was organised jointly by the Swadeshi Science Movement, Vijnana Bharati, Kerala chapter and the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Kochi.
The aim of the WOSC was to find sustainable means to utilize the resources carefully without causing any damage to the oceans and its marine life.
The Congress witnessed presentation of 450 technical papers in 13 sessions by 86 Indian institutions and 14 foreign institutions. It evolved a set of recommendations that will be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for further guidelines.
The Congress urged the Union Government to form a separate ministry to bring all the agencies and institutions working in the fields of ocean research and fisheries research under one roof for the smooth implementation and management of all the government policies related to the sectors.
About World Ocean Science Congress
World Ocean Science Congress (WOSC) is designed as a quadrennial event starting with WOSC-2015. It is expected to serve as a common platform for Oceanographers, Environmentalists, Fishing community, Shipping industry, Navigators, Defense establishments.