For all GCFI Scientists, Managers, Students, and Researchers:

Here is a great opportunity to bring together folks involved (or
interested) in Coral Reef Ecosystem Management at a scale that extends
beyond the reef.  We (NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center [SEFSC] and
the Coral Reef Conservation Program [CRCP]) have proposed this symposium at
the upcoming American Fisheries Society (AFS) meeting in Tampa, FL from
August 20-24, 2017. If you are interested, please let us know.  We need to
provide a confirmed list of presenters by March 10th and Abstracts by March
17th.  There is some great work going on across the Gulf and Caribbean, so
lets get it out to others as a team.  Sorry for any cross postings with
other list-serves.

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 W. Johnson, NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center,
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Tauna Rankin, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program & Office of Habitat
Conservation, [log in to unmask]

General information:

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

Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D.
Fish Ecology Investigations/NCRMP - Unit Lead
Protected Resources and Biodiversity Division
75 Virginia Beach Dr.
Miami, FL 33149
Phone: (305) 361-4213

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