[Coral-List] Registration reminder for USCRTF Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale

Boykin, Christopher Christopher.Boykin at dep.state.fl.us
Wed Oct 5 15:36:53 EDT 2011


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The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting in Fort Lauderdale is fast approaching. Registration is free and pre registration is requested. See recent media advisory below for details or register at http://www.coralreef.gov/meetings.html. The week at a glance schedule is available on the website to aid you in selecting which portions you would like to attend.



Fort Lauderdale - For the first time since 2004 the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force will meet in Florida, providing an opportunity for local input on reef issues of importance to the region and the nation. The 26th meeting of the Task Force will be held on October 18‐21, 2011, at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in conjunction with the 2nd Reef Resilience Conference. The theme of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting will be "Integrating Management of the Florida Reef Tract,” and it will specifically address coastal and marine spatial planning, water management and coral reef restoration.

The 2nd Reef Resilience Conference on October 18 and 19 will be the official workshop of the Task Force meeting. “Planning for Resilience” in the Florida, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico coral reef context will be the focus of the conference which will combine presentations on biological and social science research conducted in Florida, statements from fishermen and divers who depend upon coral reefs and small group discussions that will generate input for the Task Force meeting. The conference, and public portions of the Task Force meeting are open to all interested parties. .

The USCRTF was established in 1998 by Presidential Executive Order to lead U.S. efforts to preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. The USCRTF includes leaders of 12 Federal agencies, seven U.S. States, Territories, Commonwealths, and three Freely Associated States. The purpose of the USCRTF and meetings is to help build partnerships, strategies, and support for on-the-ground action to conserve coral reefs.

The meeting is being organized by a local planning committee of more than four dozen local scientists, managers and conservationists. These partners have come together from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, The Nature Conservancy, the Department of Interior, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Mote Marine Lab, University of Miami, NOVA’s National Coral Reef Institute, Reef Relief of Broward and Palm Beach counties, as well as the Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resources Management.

It is anticipated that the meeting will be attended by local scientists, students, environmentalists and business leaders who depend upon coral reefs for their livelihoods. Staff and members of the seven jurisdictions which include: American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will be participating as well. For more information on this meeting, visit http://www.coralreef.gov/meetings.html.

Christopher Boykin
Consultant, Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Coral Reef Conservation Program
305.795.1222 / 305.795.3470 fax
1277 NE 79 St. Cswy, Miami, FL 33138

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