[Coral-List] October 8 Coral Collaboration Seminar - A Conservation Adventure Story

Robin Garcia - NOAA Affiliate robin.garcia at noaa.gov
Mon Sep 28 15:37:06 UTC 2020

Hello everyone,

The next NOAA Coral Collaboration seminar is *Thursday, October 8th, 2020
from 4:00-5:00pm ET.*

Beth Firchau, Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project Coordinator for the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and Steve Olson, Senior Vice President
of Government Affairs for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, will
present the following:

*The Great Collaboration: A Conservation Adventure Story from the
Frontlines of Coral Rescue**: *The story of the stony coral tissue loss
disease response and planned coral rescue taking place to save the Florida
Reef Tract has all the ingredients of a great adventure story: an exotic
location, an evil villain, and a cast of colorful, charismatic characters.
What makes this story even more compelling and significant is the story’s
cast of heroes and heroines. A band of capable, same-souled, fearless
individuals who, against all odds, even a global human pandemic, are
bringing hope to Florida’s Coral Reef.

Since November 2019, in response to the environmental emergency taking
place on the largest coral reef in the continental United States, and
by invitation from NOAA Fisheries and the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, this band of coral conservation crusaders from
Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ accredited facilities have chosen action
over complacency. Together, with Federal and Florida State agencies,
academic centers, commercial industry leaders, and non-profits, they have
built a coral hope network. Today, nearly 2000 Florida coral reef-ugees are
in safe keeping at 18 AZA accredited facilities in 12 states and the
investment in coral conservation is being measured in the millions of
dollars. The moral of this coral conservation adventure story is that
collaboration works.

Working together, we will help ensure a future for one of our nation’s most
fragile natural treasures.

Meeting Details:
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 4-5 pm Eastern Time
Location:  Online (See AdobeConnect information below)

*AdobeConnect information: *

1. To join the meeting: http://noaacsc.adobeconnect.com/coralscollab/
2. Click the microphone at the top of the screen to connect audio

*Robin Garcia*
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*The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program's mission is to protect,
conserve, and restore coral reef resources by maintaining healthy ecosystem

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