[Coral-List] FW: Launch of the GCRMN Caribbean Report
jmcmanus at rsmas.miami.edu
Wed Jul 2 18:24:20 EDT 2014
I attach below the announcement for the new GCRMN report on Caribbean reefs. I have just read the document as a neutral party not involved in the effort. This is an excellent report, reflecting the hard work of a large group of scientists using the best information available. The results and recommendations are very clear and rational. While focused on the Caribbean, it has important implications for other reef areas.
I encourage all persons interested in coral reefs to read this report.
John W. McManus, PhD
Director, National Center for Coral Reef Research (NCORE)
Professor, Marine Biology and Fisheries
Coral Reef Ecology and Management Lab (CREM Lab)
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS)
University of Miami, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, 33149
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From: ICRI Secretariat [mailto:icri at env.go.jp]
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 2:35 AM
To: jmcmanus at rsmas.miami.edu
Subject: Launch of the GCRMN Caribbean Report
It has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here! The all-awaited GCRMN report Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012 led by Jeremy Jackson is getting officially launched today. As you know, the findings of the report clearly show that we can still save Caribbean reefs if we take action to protect parrotfish and similar grazers, as reflected in a Recommendation adopted at our last meeting in Belize (available here <http://t.ymlp338.net/bhjanaubbuqaoaeujaxajmj/click.php> ). We managers and decision-makers can make this happen!
The (former) ICRI Secretariat has sponsored the making of a video to illustrate the main findings of the report and promote the Call to Action 2013 (entitled ‘From Despair to Repair’, by Sandy Cannon-Brown) – check it out on Vimeo here <http://t.ymlp338.net/bhbavaubbuqaoaeujapajmj/click.php> . It features Jeremy and his wife Nancy Knowlton telling a sweet but bitter story about reefs in the Caribbean which should encourage viewers to access the report, find out more about the work of ICRI and take action!
The press release, as well as the full report and its Executive summary are available at www.icriforum.org/caribbeanreport <http://t.ymlp338.net/bhhadaubbuqafaeujapajmj/click.php> . Keep an ear out for any news on this report in your country – and please share any with us so we know it’s being picked up!
Many of you contributed to make this happen – so thanks to all those involved in getting data, editing and promoting the report, adopting the parrotfish recommendation, and now taking action in your own country: we can turn the trend around by working together in partnership – that’s what ICRI is all about after all. Or, as Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican reggae star likes to say, “You can get it if you really want, but you must try, try and try. You’ll succeed at last”.
The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat (former and present)
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