[Coral-List] The Chagos marine protected area and Oceanography-2015

Paul Sammarco psammarco at lumcon.edu
Mon Oct 27 14:03:50 EDT 2014

Dear Folks,

Just a heads up for 2015.  I will be organizing the Oceanography 2015
Conference, scheduled to be held in July 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
USA.  At this point, we will be having a symposium on "Conservation and
Protection of Coral Reefs".  Anyone interested in presenting is, of course,

Within that symposium, in response to the needs identified via the recent
discussion on MPAs, etc. on this site, there will be a session entitled
"What Works, What Doesn't Work, and Why".  If you are interested in making a
presentation or indeed assisting through chairing or co-chairing within that
session, please let me know.  

Many thanks for your interest.  

Best Wishes,


Paul W. Sammarco, Ph.D.
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)
8124 Hwy. 56
Chauvin, LA  70344-2110

1-985-851-2876 (tel)
1-985-851-2874 (FAX)
1-985-232-6575 (Cell)
psammarco at lumcon.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Sheppard,
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2014 5:14 AM
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: [Coral-List] The Chagos marine protected area

We have noted that on this and many other occasions Messrs Snoxall and Dunne
have disagreed with the view of CCT and the creation of the fully protected
marine reserve in Chagos.  

Our view along with very many others is that the marine reserve is an very
valuable asset to the conservation of marine life in the Indian Ocean and a
very valuable resource for science and ultimately for people. The claim that
the no-take policy is another barrier preventing the Chagossians from
returning to the islands is unfounded. The MPA declaration states that the
level of protection would be reviewed - in full consultation with the
Chagossians - in the case of resettlement. With the cleanest tested sea
water in the world, a staggering diversity of marine life, and a site of
resilience within a heavily over-exploited West Indian Ocean, Chagos is an
underwater sanctuary that deserves to be afforded the ultimate protection.  

We do not believe coral-listers want their website to be filled with long
explanations as to why "they" or "we" are wrong, we will therefore not be
responding further to their allegations, but will rely on the above
statement, but at anytime coral-listers can refer to our website at
www.chagos-trust..org .

Best wishes

Charles  Sheppard
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