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, [log in to unmask]
Tauna Rankin, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program & Office of Habitat Conservation, tauna.rankin@noa
For information regarding AFS 2017 meeting in Tampa, FL please visit http:// http://afsannualmeetin
g.fisheries.org/.--______________________________ __________Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D.Fish Ecology Investigations/NCRMP - Unit LeadProtected Resources and Biodiversity DivisionNOAA - NMFS75 Virginia Beach Dr.Miami, FL 33149Phone: (305) 361-4213