[Coral-List] ADVISORY - U.S. CORAL REEF TASK FORCE MEETING DEC 2-3, MIAMI, FLA
Roger B Griffis
Roger.B.Griffis at noaa.gov
Mon Nov 22 13:01:11 EST 2004
MEDIA ADVISORY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2004
Contact: Ben Sherman, NOAA Public Affairs, (301) 713-3066 Ext. 178
Kyla Hastie, Fish and Wildlife Service Public Affairs, (404) 679-7291
U.S. CORAL REEF TASK FORCE TO MEET DECEMBER 2-3 IN MIAMI, FLA.
The United States Department of Commerce and the Department of the
Interior announce a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force
(USCRTF) Dec. 2-3, in Miami, Fla. Through the coordinated efforts of
its members, including representatives of 12 federal agencies, the
governors of seven states and territories, and the leaders of the Freely
Associated States, the Task Force has helped lead U.S. efforts to
protect and manage valuable coral reef ecosystems in the U.S. and
Three workshop symposiums will be held in conjunction with the meeting.
The first, on "Sustainable Diving and Snorkeling Practices," will be
Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 3:00 p.m. Two more will be held on Saturday Dec.
4: "Improving the Science and Management of Florida's Coral Reef
Ecosystems," and "Damage Assessment and Restoration Protocols for Coral
Reef Habitats." The symposiums and the two-day meeting are free and
open to the public.
WHAT: The 12th biannual meeting of the United States Coral Reef Task
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004 - Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30
WHERE: Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL
NOTE: Advance registration is requested (info at
AGENDA AND HIGHLIGHTS: Full agenda is available at
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. U.S. Coral Reef Task
Force Business Meeting
8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Remarks by James Connaughton, Chair, White House
10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Presentation: "The South Florida Ecosystem
Restoration Initiative: Connecting Science & Management in the Coastal
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Nancy Foster Great Barrier Reef Naming Ceremony
(Invitation Only, Open To Media)
1:30 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. Report from the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy,
Frank Muller-Karger, Commissioner
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Public Comment Session
Anyone intending to provide public comment is required to sign-up in
advance at the reception desk, or e-mail DaJuana_Blackmon at ios.doi.gov
(202) 208-3828. Each speaker will be provided five minutes.
Friday, Dec. 3, 2004 U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Business Meeting
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Agenda available on Web site:
9:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Keynote Address: Building Resilient Coral Reef
Ecosystems, John Day, Director of Conservation, Great Barrier Reef
Marine Park Authority
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Panel presentation: "Building Resilient
Coral Reef Ecosystems in South Florida: Challenges and Opportunities."
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