[Coral-List] Last call for coral reef abstracts for ASLO 2006 Summer Meeting

Curtis Kruer kruer at 3rivers.net
Thu Jan 19 20:19:36 EST 2006


You suggest coral reef ecosystem resource managers are somehow hampered by ".....by the fact that 
after decades of research there are still large gaps in our understanding of coral reef ecosystems 
function."  Maybe it would assist the readers to know what these gaps are.  In my experience in 
south Florida and the Caribbean it's not the science or knowledge that's missing - it's the will to 
implement and enforce needed management.  I've been listening to these same rationalizations for 20 
or 30 years now and they're taking a toll.

Thanks.  I look forward to this information to help guide me in the future.

Curtis Kruer

Felix Martinez wrote:
> NOAA's Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) is chairing a 
> topical session (TS-E08) at the 2006 ASLO Summer Meeting focusing on 
> coral reef ecosystem research and its application to management. See 
> description below.
> This is a general* call for papers on ecosystem level research that is 
> driven by or aims to inform management of coral reef resources.  We also 
> are interested papers that debate the value of using ecosystem level 
> research to address management issues.
> The deadline for abstracts has been extended to January 23rd (9:00AM 
> Central Time).
> *TS-E08 - Coral Reef Ecosystem Research and Management Objectives *
> "Coral reefs, one of the most complex of ecosystems on Earth, are 
> subject to constant natural and anthropogenic disturbances that threaten 
> their existence. Resource managers have been hampered while developing 
> and implementing effective management strategies by the fact that after 
> decades of research there are still large gaps in our understanding of 
> coral reef ecosystems function. To address this situation, there is a 
> pressing need to combine basic ecosystem-wide research with applied 
> management objectives in order to provide critical information to 
> resource managers in a timely manner. The purpose of this session is to 
> provide a forum for scientist and resource managers to share the results 
> of their efforts in combining applied needs with basic research to 
> reverse coral reef degradation and to promote discussion of the 
> challenges of such an approach."
> *(Note: CSCOR does not provide travel funds to presenters at its 
> sessions in external scientific meetings except by direct invitation.  
> You will be solely responsible for all expenses associated to 
> participation in this meeting.)

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