[Coral-List] Reminder: Call for Abstracts ICRS Session 77 - Corals and the U.S. Endangered Species Act: Bridging the gap between science, management, and conservation action

Jennifer Moore - NOAA Federal jennifer.moore at noaa.gov
Tue Jan 12 09:25:37 EST 2016

We would like to invite you to submit abstracts for presentations to the
Session 77 at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu,
Hawaii, June 2016: “Corals and the U.S. Endangered Species Act: Bridging
the gap between science, management, and conservation action<

Abstract submission is already open and submission overview can be found

Deadline: 15 January 2016

Goal: The main goal of the session is to provide comprehensive information
to scientists, managers, non-governmental organizations, and the public on
the benefits that the U.S. Endangered Species Act have on protecting corals
and promoting the recovery of coral reefs.

Session Description: Reef-building corals, the main foundation species of
coral reefs, are dying at accelerated pace due to climate change and other
anthropogenic threats, resulting in negative effects for ecosystem function
and services. Although the science on the causes and consequences of coral
loss is comprehensive, conservation actions have been largely insufficient
to actively reverse coral decline. The Endangered Species Act (ESA), one of
the world’s strongest biodiversity protection laws, has prevented the
extinction of 99 percent of species under its care and has effectively
promoted recovery. Currently, 22 coral species are listed as threatened
under the ESA. However, some reef scientists and managers may not be aware
of the conservation benefits that the ESA may have on coral reef recovery.
This session will host an interdisciplinary panel with expertise in coral
reef science, environmental policy, and restoration, to bridge the gap
between science, management, and conservation. We will discuss how the ESA
provides tools for conservation and promotes the recovery of listed corals
and coral reefs. The coral listing is a unique opportunity for academia,
non-governmental organizations, federal agencies, and the public to provide
the necessary science to implement management actions. The session will be
interactive with ample opportunity for participation.

Session format: The session format will combine talks and a facilitated
panel discussion among scientists, federal government, and non-governmental

We look forward to your submissions. Feel free to contact us for questions.

The session organizers

Abel Valdivia, Center for Biological Diversity <
avaldivia at biologicaldiversity.org<mailto:avaldivia at biologicaldiversity.org>>

John Bruno, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
<jbruno at unc.edu<mailto:jbruno at unc.edu>>

Jennifer Moore, NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office <
jennifer.moore at noaa.gov<mailto:jennifer.moore at noaa.gov>>

Bernardo Vargas-Angel , NOAA Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Fisheries
Science Center <bernardo.vargasangel at noaa.gov<mailto:
bernardo.vargasangel at noaa.gov>>


*Jennifer Moore*

*Protected Coral Coordinator*

*NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office*

*Protected Resources Division*

*jennifer.moore at noaa.gov <jennifer.moore at noaa.gov> *

*To those who sacrificed careers of adventure in the wide-open spaces
to wrestle for conservation in the policy arena.*

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