For the first time, South America will host the largest scientific event on harmful algae. The 17th ICHA idea was born as regional initiative, and represents aspirations not only from the Brazilians but also from the South American scientific community. The proposal was supported by the IOC-FANSA Group which forms the regional committee and includes scientists from Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador. This is very convenient, once we share with our neighbors several economic, social, ecological aspects and, of course, problems related to harmful algae. Species of Alexandrium, Gymnodinium, Dinophysis or Microcystis do not know political borders and freely ride through marine and freshwater ecosystems within the continent.
We are planning a major conference not only from the scientific point of view, but also an event marked by the proximity to the end beneficiaries of HABs research. Florianópolis area is the main producer of cultured oysters and mussels in the country. It is also a secure and beautiful city, where tourists and business visitors can relax and enjoy themselves. Delegates will be in touch with fellows, not only from Brazil, but from all the Latin America region, enhancing the flow of knowledge and opening new possibilities to set collaborations among the HAB community from this part of the world.
For the ICHA 2016, we elected the central theme "Harmful Algae, from cells to fisheries: species, toxins, ecology, management and new technologies". We are looking forward to welcoming you all to the beautiful Florianópolis and join us in a great meeting!