[Coral-List] Call for Abstracts: AFS 2017

Tauna Rankin - NOAA Federal tauna.rankin at noaa.gov
Wed Jan 18 08:32:43 EST 2017

Apologies for cross-posting: We would like to draw your attention to a
coral reef ecosystem-focused symposium at the American Fisheries Society’s
2017 meeting August 20-24 in Tampa, FL:

Symposium Title: Ridges-to-Reefs:  Large-scale Approaches to Sustainable
Coral Reef Ecosystem Management


Coral reefs and the ecosystem components (e.g. fisheries, tourism,
biodiversity, ecosystem services, etc.) that depend upon them are
inextricably tied to the surrounding coastal and marine habitats as well as
local upland watersheds, and thus, affected by land use practices or
fishing behaviors. Additionally, coral reef ecosystems are complex and the
natural and human-induced stressors they face, along with the management
jurisdictions responsible for them, operate over a multitude of scales.
Thus, effective management and conservation of reef ecosystems requires a
more holistic approach to managing the “up-stream” linkages and the
“down-stream” consequences. Dealing with these interactions among often
competing interests is one of the most daunting tasks that managers must
deal with when balancing the need to optimize benefits among a diverse set
of societal goals while balancing the risks to coral reef ecosystems. Given
the focus on ecosystem management during the past decade, examples of
successful management techniques have emerged where this holistic and
interdisciplinary approach to research and management has positively
impacted coral reef ecosystems. This symposium will provide the opportunity
to share different ecosystem-based approaches or information gained while
implementing the components necessary to move towards a large-scale
approach to coral reef management. This may include advancements and
lessons learned from management actions and research related to habitat,
ecosystem modeling, vulnerability and resilience assessments, MPA networks,
place-based conservation initiatives, etc.

If you are interested in presenting as part of this symposium, please
contact one of the chairs:

Matthew Johnson, NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center,
matthew.johnson at noaa.gov

Tauna Rankin, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program & Office of Habitat
Conservation, tauna.rankin at noaa.gov

General information:

For information regarding AFS 2017 meeting in Tampa, FL please visit http://


Tauna Rankin, Ph.D.

Coral Reef Conservation Program

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Office of Habitat Conservation

Habitat Protection Division

1315 East West Highway

Room 14148

Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282

(301)427-8645 phone

(301)713-4305 fax

Tauna.Rankin at noaa.gov

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