Exploring the future of our coral reefs

The current condition and future prospects of Australia’s coral reefs will be in the spotlight at a gathering of leading marine scientists in Townsville on 10th-11th October, 2013.

The Coral Reefs in the 21st Century symposium will present the latest research, management and policy developments in coral reef systems in Australia, our region, and globally.

Hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, the symposium will feature talks by more than 30 eminent coral reef and fish scientists on the future of these vital marine ecosystems and the industries and communities which depend on them.

A highlight will be a public forum hosted by TV personality Paul McDermott and featuring five of the nation’s stars of coral reef science at the Rydges Southbank, Townsville at 5.30pm on Thursday, October 10. This will be of vital interest to all whose livelihoods are linked to the GBR.

Key issues to be discussed at the Symposium include:

  • How marine protected areas help boost fisheries management
  • What governs coral health and how we can enhance it on the Great Barrier Reef?
  • Effects of ocean acidification on corals
  • Climate change in the oceans – the big picture
  • The surprising impact of man-made sound on coral fishes
  • Planning how to save the Coral Triangle
  • Role of consumers in protecting the world’s coral reefs.

Media are welcome to attend the symposium and public forum, which are being held at the Rydges Southbank, Townsville on Thursday 10th October and Friday 11th October. Symposium Program details at: http://www.coralcoe.org.au/news-events/symposia/coral-reefs-in-the-21st-century-townsville/symposium-program-coral-reefs-in-the-21st-century

Public Forum: http://www.coralcoe.org.au/news-events/symposia/coral-reefs-in-the-21st-century-townsville/public-forum-coral-reefs-in-the-21st-century-townsville

More information:

Jenny Lappin, CoECRS, +61 (0)7 4781 4222
Jim O’Brien, James Cook University Media Office, +61 (0)7 4781 4822 or 0418 892449

http://www.coralcoe.org.au/

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