[Fwd: Deepsea Coral Symposium]

Roger B Griffis Roger.B.Griffis at noaa.gov
Mon Oct 4 09:45:41 EDT 1999

Thought this might be of interest to CORAL list - apologies for cross


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Subject: Deepsea Coral Symposium
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 12:03:21 -0300 (ADT)
From: J H Martin Willison <willison at is.dal.ca>
Reply-To: willison at is.dal.ca
To: CMPAN <cmpan at ucdavis.edu>
CC: coral at is.dal.ca

It is widely recognized that the primary (though not exclusive) role for
marine protected areas is the protection of marine biodiversity, in a
comparable manner to the role of protected areas on land.  Protection of
important habitat for specially valued species is a significant
role.  In this regard, the Symposium outlined below is relevant. 
corals are at risk in many marine regions of the world.  While most
reefs are protected in tropical regions, their deepsea relatives are not
protected in most coldwater regions.  These large biogenic structures
create habitat for many other organisms and are removed by mobile
gears over large areas.  Protection against anthropogenic impacts of all
sorts is needed.  The Symposium will address all aspects of deepsea
science, including: biology, ecology, environmental monitoring and
conservation.  Please forward the following notice to relevant

Martin Willison, Dalhousie University


First International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals:
Science and Conservation of Deep Sea Corals

30 July - 2 August, 2000

Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The purpose of the Symposium is to review, discuss and synthesize all 
aspects of deep sea, cold water coral biology, ecology, and
The symposium will also address climatic reconstruction using corals and 
technologies available to map corals. The Symposium will be convened for
and one half days and is open to scientists, managers, ocean users and
those with an interest in deep sea corals.

Important Dates

1 February 2000	        Pre-registration form and
			Provisional abstracts

1 June 2000		Final early registration and fees
			Final abstracts

30 July 2000		Final paper

The First International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals is sponsored by
Action Centre, Dalhousie University, the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural 
History, the Canadian Ocean Habitat Protection Society, the Science and 
Management of Protected Areas Association, World Wildlife Fund Canada,
the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada.

For more information, please contact the Symposium Secretariat:

Susan Gass
Ecology Action Centre
1568 Argyle Street
Suite 31 Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2B3
Email: coral at is.dal.ca
Telephone: +1-902-429-2202
Fax: + 1-902-422-6410

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