Tortugas Talk

Kim Anaston kanaston at
Thu Feb 24 11:25:10 EST 2000

March 31 - April 1
Key Biscayne, FL

You are invited to participate in "Talking Tortugas" -- a special
citizens' workshop exploring issues concerning the protection of our
marine ecosystems and restoration of our depleted fish populations in the
Florida Keys.  The workshop will be held on April 1st at the Rosenstiel
School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Key Biscayne, Florida and will
focus primarily on the proposed Tortugas Ecological Reserve 70 miles west
of Key West, and why this reserve is so important.

At this workshop, you will hear informative presentations about the fish
and corals and wonders of the Florida Keys, and especially the Tortugas,
from experts working to conserve our marine environment.  You will also
have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions on a variety of
related issues.  By the end of the day you will have the information and
tools necessary to be an effective advocate for marine conservation.

A dinner and slide presentation are planned for the evening of March 31st,
however attendance at the dinner is not required to participate in the
workshop on Saturday, April 1st.  The registration fee, including meals
and educational materials, is only $15.  Please contact our conference
coordinator, Amy Lewis, at 202-857-1670 or alewis at for additional
information.  We have limited funding available for scholarships and
travel assistance.

This workshop is being held by the Center for Marine Conservation in
cooperation with Environmental Defense, the Living Oceans Program of the
National Audubon Society, and ReefKeeper International.

Please share this invitation to other conservationists who might be
interested in attending.



Talking Tortugas:
Speaking for the Fish of the Florida Keys
Key Biscayne, Florida
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
March 31st-April 1st , 2000

FRIDAY, MARCH 31st (Optional)

6:00-7:30 Registration 
Cocktails (cash bar) and Dinner

7:30-9:00 Welcome and Center for Marine Conservation Introduction
David Dickson, Center for Marine Conservation
Marianne Cufone, Center for Marine Conservation

Images of The Florida  Keys 
A slide presentation showing an in-the-water perspective on
fisheries management and the value of marine reserves.
Don Kincaid, Florida Keys photographer


8:30-9:00 Registration 
Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:45 Welcome and Introduction
David Dickson, Center for Marine Conservation

Why Now is a Great Time to Speak for the Fish
Basics of fisheries management of the Florida Keys including
the Dry Tortugas
Kim Davis ,Center for Marine Conservation
Kim Anaston, Center for Marine Conservation

9:45-10:15 Reef Fish Reproduction
The interesting strategies of jewfish, gag grouper and other
Dr. Felicia Coleman, Florida State University 

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:00 Corals, An Essential Habitat For Florida Keys Marine Life
Florida's reef corals and their function as a habitat for
marine life 
Dr. Alina Szmant, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

11:00-11:30 Marine reserves & the Biotic ethic 
Marine Reserves as a new strategy for
ecosystem-based management and the role of people and ethics in marine
Dr. Jim Bohnsack, National Marine Fisheries Service

11:30-12:00 Proposed Tortugas Ecological Reserve
Billy Causey, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Proposed Tortugas Ecological Reserve (Panel Presentation)
Perspectives on the proposed reserve, 70 miles West of Key West, and why
its designation is important for the fish of
the Florida Keys

Dick Ring, Dry Tortugas and Everglades National Parks
Dr. William Hogarth, National Marine Fisheries Service
Wayne Swingle, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
Representative of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (invited)
Billy Causey, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Jack Sobel, Center for Marine Conservation

2:30-3:00 Discussion

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-3:45 Making a Difference 
Public participation in the fishery management process
Each attendee will receive a copy of CMC's:
Fish for the Future:  A Citizen's Guide to Federal Fisheries Management 
David Dickson, Center for Marine Conservation

3:45-4:15 Breakout Sessions 
* Jewfish Conservation
* Proposed Tortugas Reserve
* Proposed Broward County Reserve
* RSMAS Presentation:  Reef Fish of
the Florida Keys

4:15-4:30 Wrap up and Next Steps
Where do we go from here?
David Dickson, Center for Marine Conservation

4:30 Adjourn

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