About 230, with large representation from:
- Academic and research (including University staff and students from Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh), SOC, NERC, SAMS, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, AURIS, SOTEAG, Sea Mammal Research St. Andrews, etc.
- Local government (Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles, Highland and Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire)
- National government and agencies (SOEAFD, DTI, DETR, JNCC, SNH, SEPA, BGS)
- Environmental NGO's (Joint Links, WWF, RSPB, MCS, Wildlife Trusts, FoE)
- Environmental consulting companies
- Oil companies (operators of Atlantic Margin licences, AFEN and UKOOA)
To share knowledge and engage in discussions on the environmental protection and monitoring of the Atlantic Margin with a wide audience.
- Presentations to Conference over the two days
Twenty-three papers were verbally presented to the conference. These were a mixture of technical and political, covering the topics of environment, the oil industry, the concerns, ecology, interactions and coastal protection strategies.
- Discussion of papers at the conference
After each session there was a discussion of the points raised by the presenters. At the conclusion of the second day there was an open discussion forum, chaired by Professor John Steele, FRS.
Eighteen technical posters were presented in addition to, or elaborating on, those verbally presented.
The Conference proceedings, including the verbally and poster presented papers, will be published later in 'Continental Shelf Research'.
The topics of discussion at the conference were subsequently covered at the regular 4-monthly meeting of AFEF on 8th October. A working group was set up to explore the new data, and its implications, for continuing discussion and awareness at future meetings.
It was suggested that, following this successful illumination of the activities and science of the region, the Conference should be repeated as a regular event in the calendar, either annually, or every two years.