A major national forum on the future of the world ’s coral reefs will be held in Canberra from 18–19 October.
Issues to be covered include:
- the latest science on coral bleaching
- the rising plague of coral disease
- managing Australia’s coral reefs under climate change
- managing resilience in coral reefs
- the risks of ocean acidification
- protecting sea water quality from activities on land
- are ‘green zones’ helping to replenish fish stocks on the GBR?
- the plight of reef sharks and other top predators.
The conference is being held at the Shine Dome by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and is open to media, researchers, policy makers and interested members of the public.
The forum will also feature a free public discussion hosted by the ABC Science Show’s Dr Robyn Williams on coral reef science, conservation and management at 6 PM on Thursday, October 18, at the Shine Dome, Canberra. The forum is sponsored by CoECRS and the Australian Academy of Science.
The forum panel features five scientific experts with international standing in their field who will each present a topic of critical importance to the future of coral reefs. The meeting is open to public discussion.
WHO: Janice Lough, Garry Russ, Glenn Almany, Sean Connolly & David Bellwood
WHEN: Thursday 18 October, refreshments from 5.15 pm. Panel discussion 6-7.15 pm
WHERE: Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra ACT (entry free).
Louise Taylor, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Ph: +61 7 4781 4000 Fax: +61 7 4781 6722
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