This year's seminar brought together participants from NATO Allies such as Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States. Bringing together their knowledge and agreement in this crucial matter, the protection of the environment, more specifically the seas and oceans.
For this purpose, briefers specialized in this particular topic were invited. From the scientific world, these were mainly from the Naval Post Graduate School, the Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) and representatives from universities with a focus on legal subjects. But this seminar also counted with briefers from civilian agencies such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the World Food Program and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), NATO itself - represented by the Civil Military Cooperation Center of Excellence (CCOE) and some from the European Union - Operation Irini and European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA).