[Coral-List] Call for Abstracts: Coral Reef Restoration and Remediation Mini Symposium 4-21, 10th ICRS

Richard E. Dodge dodge at nova.edu
Thu Oct 23 10:10:06 EDT 2003


Dear Colleagues:

Please feel welcome to submit your oral or poster presentation for 
consideration at the 10th International Coral Reef Symposium in Okinawa 
(June 28-July 2, 2004) in the Mini-Symposium "4-21" on Coral Reef 
Restoration and Remediation (part of Theme 4: Towards a system where humans 
and coral reefs coexist).

Aim and scope of the Mini-Symposium on Coral Reef Restoration and Remediation:
A wide variety of naturally occurring and human-induced impacts have and 
continue to degrade or substantially alter coral reefs worldwide. While 
affording the protection from such effects is vitally important, science 
and management also need to develop understanding, tools, procedures, and 
policies for effective and efficient coral reef restoration.

Despite the increasing number of restoration activities, the discipline of 
coral reef restoration remains in its formative stages. In many coral reef 
restoration activities, time series monitoring (including of survival and 
growth of corals after transplantation and/or reattachment) is 
insufficient. Little attention may be given to the surrounding physical, 
chemical, and biological factors of the surrounding coral reef environment. 
Results of many activities have not been reported widely or in scientific 
journals.Consequently, science, management, and policy suffer because there 
is considerable uncertainty on the effectiveness and efficiency of current 
approaches to coral reef restoration.

Most existing reef restoration research and activities have concentrated on 
man-induced physical injuries from events such as ship groundings, dynamite 
fishing, and mining. In addition to these types of events, there are many 
other opportunities for restoration or enhancement of injured or damaged 
coral reef resources. The Mini-Symposium on Coral Reef Restoration and 
Remediation will focus on elucidating hypothesis-driven research that 
advances the science of the discipline for all applications. Topics could 
include restoration in response to:
    * Injuries ranging from catastrophic to moderate
    * Loss of biodiversity
    * Loss of productivity (including fisheries)
    * Reduction from ecotourism
Important areas to be addressed concerning restoration could include:
    *         Spatial and temporal scales of restoration, variability, and 
success factors
    *         Materials and substrates; Attractants
    *         The role of reef complexity in restoration
    *         Artificial reefs as aids to coral reef rehabilitation
    *         Transplantation and reattachment: effects to the injured reef 
and to the donor site
    *         Recruitment; Enhancing larval supply
    *         Nursery programs, culture programs
    *         Relative efficiencies and costs of various technological 
    *         Economics of resource injury and restoration
    *         Hypothesis-driven science in comparison to 
    *         Capacities for natural recovery (the necessity for intervention)
Please visit http://www.plando.co.jp/icrs2004/ for instructions on your 
submissions and important information on the Symposium.


Coral Reef Restoration and Remediation Mini Symposium 4-21 Organizers,
Richard Dodge, Alasdair Edwards, David Gilliam, Andrew Heyward, Makoto Omori

Richard E. Dodge
Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center
8000 N. Ocean Drive
Dania, FL 33004
954-262-4027 fax

NSUOC http://www.nova.edu/ocean/
NCRI http://www.nova.edu/ocean/ncri/index.html

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