[Coral-List] Reminder -- ICRS Session 80: Offshore Coral Reefs in the South China Sea: Science, Problems and Solutions

John Mcmanus jmcmanus at rsmas.miami.edu
Tue Jan 12 18:26:35 EST 2016

Just a reminder for anyone who has done work concerning the offshore reefs of the South China Sea to submit your abstracts by January 15. Note that although the session is listed up "CATEGORY T - Policy and Governance", we are interested in hearing about any research done in any field concerning those reefs. This is our chance to compare notes and advance understanding of these unique systems.

Session 80: Offshore Coral Reefs in the South China Sea: Science, Problems and Solutions

Organizers: John W. McManus and Kwang-Tsao Shao

Session Page: https://www.sgmeet.com/icrs2016/sessionschedule.asp?SessionID=80
Abstract Submissions: https://www.sgmeet.com/icrs2016/abstractinfo.asp

Abstract: Coral reefs of the South China Sea beyond 50 km from major land masses include many highly speciose ecosystems. They are ecologically highly interconnected, due to complex current patterns driven by reversing monsoons. Most consist of partial or fully-formed atolls. Some support coral islands with diverse vegetation which form stepping stones for migratory birds and nesting grounds for sea turtles. Most of these reefs are subject to between two and four overlapping national jurisdictional claims. Several of the more than 50 military outposts in the region are undergoing expansion. Recent large-scale dredging and filling operations have raised concerns that important fishery and biodiversity resources are being degraded, as well as the abilities of the wave-breaking reef crests to keep up with rising sea levels. Early suggestions for a freeze on claims and claim-supportive activities, coupled with coordinated environmental management, have lately been reconsidered by policy-makers as ways to promote peace and resource security. This session will bring together recent studies of biological and physical aspects of these ecosystems, and of relevant policy, economic and social issues. The specific focus will be on the consideration of various options for ensuring an environmentally sustainable and peaceful future for these important ecosystems.

Feel free to contact me for further information.

See you in Hawaii!!


John W. McManus, PhD.
Professor, Marine Biology and Ecology
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS)
University of Miami.
Website: http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/people/faculty-index/?p=john-mcmanus
NCORE Website: http://ncore.rsmas.miami.edu/
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