Fiji Coral Reef Symposium
Pacific Science Assn
psa at bishop.bishop.hawaii.org
Fri Jul 12 16:25:31 EDT 1996
Symposium on Coral Reef during IYOR at the VIII Pacific Science
Inter-Congress in Fiji
One of the major scientific events during the International Year of the
Reef (IYOR) is a joint symposium of the Pacific Science Association's
Scientific Committee on Coral Reefs (PSA-SCCR) and the 1997 Annual
Meeting of the International Society of Reef Studies (ISRS) in Suva,
Fiji, at the VIII Pacific Science Inter-Congress, 13-19 July 1997. This
coral-reef symposium will take place one year after the launching of the
IYOR at the 8th International Coral Reef Symposium in Panama.
Among IYOR projects which are already scheduled for presentation at the
Inter-Congress in Fiji are the results of the PSA-SCCR assessment of the
state of the coral reefs in teh Pacific, a project funded by the U.S.
Department of State's (DOS) International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).
Ten representatives of regions in the Pacific will present papers that
will be published in a book on the status of reefs in the Pacific; the
publication is being funded by the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program.
This book should be available at the symposium in Fiji. A complementary
project called GLOCOR (Global Coral Reef Assessment), funded by a Winslow
Foundation grant, will also be presented at the symposium. A major focus
of GLOCOR is to resurvey the quantative transects which were surveyed
decades ago in order to quantitatively assess changes in Pacific reefs
over the past decades.
Contributed papers on all aspects of coral-reef science are welcome, but
we are extending a special invitation to papers in which examples are
given for successful management programs for coral-reef resources. We
feel that the most effective method of promoting wise managment of reef
resources is not by outlining steps to take (telling people what to do)
or giving alarming news about the state of the reefs. Rather, we urge
the demonstration of case histories of methods which have proven
successful, such as the well know results of marine reserves at Apo and
Sumilon Islands in the Philippines.
For comparative observations, dive excursions are planned on one-day
field trips in or near Suva Bay and Beqa Reef.
To obtain the Second Circular for the VIII Pacific Science Inter-Congress
including registration forms, abstract forms, information on accom-
modation, due dates, and field trips, please contact:
VIII Pacific Science Inter-Congress Secretariat
School of Pure and Applied Sciences
The University of the South Pacific
P.O. Box 1168
FAX: (679) 314-007
e-mail: psa at usp.ac.fj [best means of communication]
Web site for the Inter-Congress is: http://www.usp.ac.fj/~psa
Participants intending to present a paper or poster are required to
submit abstract(s) to the Secretariat by January 1997. In order that
we may organize the symposium, please also send a copy of the abstract to:
Dr. Charles Birkeland Dr. Richard W. Grigg
UOG Marine Laboratory Department of Oceanography
University of Guam 1000 Pope Road
Mangilao, Guam 96923 Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
FAX (671) 734-6767 FAX (1) 808-956-9225
e-mail: birkelan at uog9.uog.edu e-mail: rgrigg at soest.hawaii.edu
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