Building on our success from the 4th International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions (IDUM) in San Juan Puerto Rico; Side Events on Sea Dumped Chemical Weapons at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague; United Nations in New York; and other events, we are pleased to announce the 5th International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions and the International Economic Summit to focus on marine, environment and defense industry will be held at St.Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 28 – 30 May 2014.

We would like to encourage all IDUM stakeholders to prepare abstracts for the 5th IDUM conference. Your abstracts should relate to policy, science, technology, or potential responses for sea dumped munitions. We believe that the exchange of knowledge and experience from different regions of the world will help us to better understand underwater munitions concerns. Your experience from science, policy, technology and response actions (underwater and land) can help us build synergies for future activities.

The latest publication of CHEMSEA project (Findings) shows impact from chemical munitions on fish stocks living in and near underwater munitions dumpsites. Fish in munitions dumpsites experienced stress on their kidneys and livers with increased deformations and diseases. In many regions of the world the risk is too high or the value of resource is too great not to act to protect human health, the environment and the blue economy. Science and technology has a role to ensure remediation is conducted environmental friendly and that we employ the latest and sometimes the simplest of technologies and approaches. We also need to consider costs to reduce the impact on our health care systems and fish stocks while employing our young with new and emerging undersea technologies as we venture out into the next frontier - underwater.

We invite you to e-mail your abstracts in PDF and MS Word to IDUM will accept abstracts for 5th IDUM conference until 15 April 2014. We also encourage companies to demonstrate their technology and services and to contact us directly at 1-902-574-7420.

Registration is open: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Mission Statement

The International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions (IDUM) is a non-governmental organization/Society founded in 2004 by Mr. Terrence P. Long following his appearance at a Canadian Senate Hearing with the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. The IDUM's mission is to promote the creation of an internationally binding treaty on all classes (biological, chemical, conventional, and radiological) of underwater munitions. This treaty would encourage countries to collaborate on underwater munitions policy, research, science, and responses including environmentally-friendly remediation in affected regions. The IDUM is an internationally recognized body where all stakeholders (diplomats, government departments including external affairs, environmental protection and fishery departments, industry, fishermen, salvage divers, oil and gas, militaries and others) can come together in an open and transparent forum to discuss underwater munitions, seek solutions, and promote international teamwork on their issues related to underwater munitions. The IDUM promotes constructive engagement with all stakeholders rather than disengagement so that we may learn from one another's situation and determine how we can best respond in the future with everyone's considerations. What we have learned is that off-the-shelf-technology, developed by the oil and gas industry and military's unmanned systems programs, does exist to address underwater munitions sites. And there is a "Need to clean" based on the potential human health and environmental impact on our health care systems and fish stocks. Underwater munitions in some form or another will continue to pollute the marine environment over time. It’s just a question of "When". Underwater Munitions are "Point Source Emitters of Pollution". In most cases, remove the source and you remove the problem.


Chairman's Message

"The IDUM is collaborating with international leaders and organizations to better understand the socio-economic impact on both human health and environment from years of decaying underwater munitions. The organization is facilitating this through international diplomacy via national and international programs, dialogues, conferences, workshops, committees, senate hearings, and international commissions. Most notable are the international efforts of the Government of Lithuania that resulted in the unanimous passing of the United Nations Resolution on Sea Dumped Chemical Weapons in December 2010 at the United Nations. Internationally, we must organize and continue our work together to collect, process, and provide information on underwater munitions to the Secretary General of the United Nations in 2013. Any tangible approach would require a multilateral response from all stakeholders including institutional capacity-building and the creation of an International Donor Trust Fund."

Terry Long

Terrance P. Long CPSM. SSM. CD.
   Chairman (Canada)

Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), International Dialogues on Underwater Munitions (IDUM)


Ambassador Vaidotas Verba
   Republic of Lithuania

Lithuanian Representative to the United Nations Resolution on Sea Dumped Chemical Munitions.


Dr. Andrzej Jagusiewicz
   Co-Chairman (Poland)

Chief Inspector of Environmental Protection in Poland, Co-Chairman, International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions (IDUM)


Speakers from 4TH IDUM

Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Installations, Energy & Environment)
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army
Washington, DC


Dr Tobias Knobloch
German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt fuer Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie).


Senior Chemical Demilitarisation Officer, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).