[Coral-List] Announcement: Caribbean Bleaching Event Workshop at ITMEMS 3, Cozumel, Mexico, Oct 15, 2006
Jessica A. Morgan
jessica.morgan at noaa.gov
Tue Aug 1 11:50:36 EDT 2006
ANNOUNCEMENT: Pre-ITMEMS Workshop "2005 Caribbean Bleaching Event:
Response and Assessment"
Cozumel, Mexico, 15 October 2006,
(see http://www.itmems.org/ for more information on the
International Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management Symposium 3
A Workshop for Caribbean Coral Reef or MPA Managers, Enforcement
Officers, Field Biologists & Interested Parties
This half-day workshop is being offered as a Pre-ITMEMS activity, and
is designed for coral reef and MPA resource managers, environmental
assessment specialists, marine field investigators, advanced students
and litigators. Participants will report on the 2005 Caribbean
Bleaching Event (CBE) and discuss needs for further response and
assessment. It will occur the afternoon of Sunday, October 15, 2006.
The workshop will involve presentations from researchers and managers
in the Caribbean region, and discussions on (1) the total extent of
bleaching, mortality, recovery, and survival of affected corals, (2)
next steps in the response and assessment effort, and (3) planning for
future events in this region.
In 2005, coral reefs in the wider Caribbean suffered a widespread and
severe bleaching event that has resulted in extensive coral death in
much of the region. NOAA's Coral Reef Watch first alerted managers and
scientists about bleaching conditions in the Florida Keys in August
2005, and issued alerts for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands
(USVI) in September 2005. Thermal stress measured from NOAA
Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) satellites
exceeded values that trigger mass bleaching throughout most of the
Caribbean and reached nearly twice that value around the northern
Lesser Antilles near the USVI. Corresponding with these alerts, coral
bleaching has been reported in much of the Caribbean. The US Coral
Reef Task Force (USCRTF) and the International Coral Reef Initiative
both passed resolutions in November 2005 to mobilize efforts across
the Caribbean to monitor, assess, and research short- and long-term
impacts of the 2005 warming and bleaching event.
The half day workshop is to be held immediately before the ITMEMS
meeting and would be organized as outlined below:
1. Presentations from Caribbean researchers and managers on the 2005
Caribbean Bleaching Event.
2. Discussion: next steps in the response and assessment effort.
3. Discussion: planning for future events in the Caribbean.
Preliminary Workshop Plan
Organizers: Dr. Mark Eakin (Mark.Eakin at noaa.gov) and Jessica Morgan
(Jessica.Morgan at noaa.gov).
Presentations are 15 minutes long, with 5 additional minutes for
12:00 Caribbean 2005 Bleaching Response - Introduction - Mark Eakin
Description of the event and NOAA's involvement, SST records from the
Coral Reef Watch Program, Regional patterns of bleaching (e.g.,
summary of data so far), ICRI and USCRTF Resolutions on bleaching,
Regional surveys (AGRRA, ReefCheck)
15:20 Future Plans
16:00 Open Discussion
Research priorities, Manager's needs, Gaps in spatial coverage,
Monitoring approaches, Ways to improve collaboration
17:00 Discussion: Where to go from here?
Documenting the event, How do we prepare for next time?, Resource
needs, Rapid response teams, Interactions with managers, GCRMN Special
Report, Coral Reefs special issue
Both the length of presentations and the length of the workshop will
be determined by the number of registrants. If there are a sufficient
number of presentations, we will begin in the morning. Please register
soon to indicate your participation.
Cost per person: Free
Deadline for registration: September 15, 2006. To register, please
copy the form below into an email, fill it out, and send to
coralreefwatch at noaa.gov. The workshop will have a limited number of
participants and registrations will be evaluated in the order
For more information, please contact Mark Eakin
(mark.eakin at noaa.gov) or Jessica Morgan
(jessica.morgan at noaa.gov).
Workshop Registration Information:
Copy the form below into an email, fill it out, and email to
coralreefwatch at noaa.gov. The deadline for registration is September
If you would like to present your findings on the 2005 Caribbean
Bleaching Event, or if you would like to suggest a topic for
discussion, please submit a short abstract, statement, or question (in
English, no more than 500 words) to coralreefwatch at noaa.gov no
later than September 15, 2006. Please plan to conduct your
presentation and discussion in English.
I have formal background, or am directly involved, in the following:
* Coral Reef Resource Management
* Coral Reef Monitoring
* Natural Resource Enforcement
* MPA Management
* Government Agency
* Private Company
Why do want to participate in this Caribbean Bleaching Event Workshop?
What do you bring to the workshop that will contribute to its success?
If you would like to report on field data, please indicate which
region/ country/ jurisdiction:
Jessica A. Morgan
Operations Manager, NOAA Coral Reef Watch
IMSG at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/SOCD
E/RA31, SSMC1, Room 5309, 1335 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226
Phone: (301) 713-2857 x129 Fax: (301) 713-3136
Email: Jessica.Morgan at noaa.gov Web: coralreefwatch.noaa.gov
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