Prominent marine scientists from across the globe will gather for two days next week in Canberra to discuss the future of coral reefs worldwide.
The ‘Future of Coral Reefs’ symposium, hosted by the newly funded ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE), features talks from more than 30 eminent local and international coral reef scientists, managers, and policy makers. The topics will cover fostering the sustainable use, adaptive governance and effective management of the world’s coral reefs. This includes:
• Great Barrier Reef: in danger
• Why marine reserves are important for coral reef ecosystems
• The critical issue of fisheries management
• Climate change implications for coral reefs
• Can fish survive in a warmer, more acidic ocean?
The Symposium also coincides with the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the GBR Marine Park Zoning Plan, which enhances the level of protection for the GBR through the most comprehensive and innovative conservation and biodiversity program ever to occur in marine conservation.
Presenters at the ‘Future of Coral Reefs’ include:
- Professor Jeremy Jackson (aka. Dr Death), from the IUCN, Professor of Oceanography Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Professor Terry Hughes, world leading coral reef ecologist, Director of Coral CoE and an Australian Laureate Fellow
- Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, contributing lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change first chapter on oceans
And for the public, an evening forum hosted by media personality Ruben Meerman, aka. ‘The Surfing Scientist’, will feature five internationally renowned coral reef science ‘stars’. This event provides a great opportunity for delegates and the public to engage in discussion on the future of coral reefs.
Media are invited to attend the symposium on Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th July as well as the Thursday public forum starting at 5:30pm. Venue is the Shine Dome.
Aidan Byrne, the CEO of the ARC will be launching the Symposium in his opening address at 9.00am on Thursday morning.
• Symposium program: https://www.coralcoe.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/A4-Program.pdf
• Public Forum: https://www.coralcoe.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Public-Forum-Flyer.pdf
• Jenny Lappin, Coral CoE, +61 (0)417 741 638, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Melissa Lyne, media liaison, +61 (0)415 514 328, Melissa.email@example.com
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