Florida Artificial Reef Summit Announcement

Fri Oct 5 15:27:21 EDT 2001

2001 Florida Artificial Reef Summit
Artificial Reefs:
October 17, 2001 Through October 20, 2001
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

For the past thirteen years the State of Florida has sponsored artificial =
reef summits for the purpose of bringing together people involved in =
artificial reef projects throughout the state to discuss a variety of =
issues relating to legislation, construction, and management. Emergent =
themes from these sessions included trends in materials used, funding =
sources, and recognition of the importance artificial reef research.=20

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Broward County =
Department of Planning and Environmental Protection, Nova Southeastern =
University, and Florida Sea Grant will host the 2001 Florida Artificial =
Reef Summit, to be held in greater Fort Lauderdale from October 17 -20, =
2001. This will be the fifth state-wide conference on artificial reefs and =
will encompass legislation, technology and research. Previous conferences =
were held in Miami (1987), Tallahassee (1990 & 1993) and in Palm Beach =
County (1998). Federal, state, and local government representatives as =
well as scientist, researchers, regulators, program managers and others =
interested persons from around the state will attend.=20

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17, 2001, 7-10 p.m.
Welcome Reception - Sponsored by NSU National Coral Reef Institute will be =
held at the NSU Oceanographic Center, 8000 North Ocean Drive in Dania =

THURSDAY OCTOBER 18, 2001, 8 a.m.
The morning session will include introductions and updates from artificial =
reef program coordinators and governmental units involved with artificial =
reef issues.  Afternoon sessions will feature local reef program updates =
as well as news of international reef activities and state program =
monitoring activities.   An evening session will focus on ships as reefs =
with discussions on derelict vessels, MARAD and military vessel issues.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 19, 2001, 8 a.m.
This session will focus on the technology of artificial reefs with several =
case studies of actual reef projects. Sessions include research projects, =
mitigation reefs and reef construction presentations. The afternoon will =
have presentations on marine protected areas and artificial reefs.=20
An evening poster session will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Fort =
Lauderdale Beach.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 2001, 8 a.m.
This session will focus on monitoring issues with a workshop by Bill =
Seaman, with Florida Sea Grant. This two-hour session will guide and =
educate local reef managers and monitoring teams in the methods and =
protocols for artificial reef monitoring.  Updates from representative =
local volunteer teams will close out the morning session.=20

A recap of the Summit will be presented with workshop summaries and =
significant issues, followed by closing remarks. Adjournment will be at 1 =
p.m.  An afternoon field trip is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m.  Those =
wishing to participate should contact Southeast Oceanic Services at =
954.922.8134, space will be limited and will be offered on a first come =
first serve basis.

Registration forms are available on the internet at the pages listed =
below.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Registration will be $45.00 or $15.00 per =
day attended (includes lunches and breaks).  Please make checks payable to =
Nova Southeastern University. =20

Send registrations to:
NSU National Coral Reef Institute
8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, Florida 33004

For more information about the Artificial Reef Summit you may access =
either: http://marinefisheries.org/conferences/index.htm or   www.broward.o=

Room rates of $65 are reserved for Summit '01 participants. Please reserve =
your rooms directly with the hotel as early as you can, and let them know =
you are with the Florida Artificial Reef Summit '01. For tax exemption =
please provide a valid State of Florida tax-exempt certificate.

Holiday Inn Fort Lauderdale Beach
999 North Atlantic Boulevard (A1A)
Corner of A1A and Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304-3398
Telephone: 954-563-5961
Guest Fax: 954-564-5261
Sales Fax: 954-568-3003

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