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Please mark your calendar for July 7-11, 2008
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
11th International Coral Reef
The International Society for Reef Studies, the United States, and the
state of Florida are hosts for the 11th International Coral Reef
Symposium (11th ICRS) July 7-11, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Held
only every 4 years, the Symposium is the most important coral reef
meeting in the world, attended by international scientists, managers,
professionals, students, and others from the academic, management,
conservation, and government communities. Activities include a complete
science program, exhibits, and social events. Field trips will be
available before and after the Symposium to reef systems of the
Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Meso-America, and Eastern Pacific.
The 11th International Coral Reef Symposium central theme is REEFS FOR
THE FUTURE. Today's coral reefs have been shaped by past environmental
and biological processes that now control the ultimate health and fate
of tomorrow's reefs. The science program will be a series of concurrent
and question driven mini-symposia (sessions), addressing specific
issues of past, contemporary, and future coral reefs. Biological,
geological, ecological, and socio-economic topics will include reef
disturbance, resilience, climate change, adaptation, bleaching,
baselines, connectivity, form and function, eco-processes, human
dimensions, physiology, assessment, disease, biodiversity, monitoring,
restoration, management, and conservation.
Goals of the 11th ICRS include:
· Provide a
scientific basis for coral reef ecosystem management and conservation,
· Articulate the
state of the science with respect to current and emerging stressors,
· Improve the
understanding of reef condition, function, and productivity,
· Expand and
advance coral reef ecosystem science,
· Facilitate the
exchange of ideas.
The Symposium website at www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs has
current information and is periodically updated on the evolving
science program, registration, travel, visas, abstract and presentation
submissions, exhibits, and field trips.
We would like to invite you to the Deepsea coral symposium 2008
International Symposium on Deepsea Corals).
December 1-5, 2008
Victoria University of Wellington
Function Room Venue
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, NIWA
(Biodiversity & Biosecurity; Fisheries & Aquaculture)
Understanding the ecosystem role, function and value of deepsea corals
and associated fauna has become a priority topic for many national
governments and international regional resource management bodies.
Continuing with the tradition of the 1st Symposium in Halifax, Canada
(2000), the 2nd Symposium in Erlangen, Germany (2003), the 3rd
Symposium in Miami, USA (2005), the 4th International Symposium on
Deepsea Corals in Wellington, New Zealand (2008), will facilitate
global exchange of the current scientific knowledge of deepsea corals
and associated fauna and discuss management measures and options to
conserve and protect deepsea habitat.
This symposium is designed to bring together scientists, resource
managers, students, and policy-makers from around the world who are
actively involved in research and management of deepsea corals and
other deepsea habitats as well as the animals associated with
It will provide attendees with an opportunity to share their research
results and discuss collaborative opportunities and personnel
exchanges, identify information gaps, and discuss deepsea coral
protection and the statutory means available to do so.
Systematics and Biogeography (genetics, taxonomy, larval dispersal)
Sampling methods and mapping
Coral ecosystems and habitats, seamounts
Geology and Palaeontology (palaeo-climate)
Climate Change (ocean acidification)
Biology: Feeding, Growth, and Reproduction
Ecology and species associations (biodiversity, microbial, fish
Management decisions and policy for corals
Conservation and human impacts
Di Tracey and Helen Neil, NIWA
Co-Convenors of the Deepsea Coral
Symposium 2008, 4th ISDSC
More information at:
International Committee member
Juan Armando Sanchez M., Ph.D.
Director - Laboratorio de Biología Molecular Marina (BIOMMAR)
Departamento Ciencias Biológicas
Universidad de los Andes
Carrera 1E No 18A - 10 (J 409/ J 309 lab)
Santafé de Bogotá D.C.,COLOMBIA
MAJOR RESEARCH CENTER DISCOVERS
The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by
investigators at a major research center.
The element, tentatively named Administratium, has no protons or
electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0. However, it does
have 1 neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons, and 111
assistant vice neutrons. This gives it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by a force that involves the
continuous exchange of meson-like particles called morons.
Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it
can be detected chemically as it impedes every reaction it comes in
contact with. According to the discoverers, a minute amount of
Administratium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete
when it would have normally occurred in less than one second.
Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years, at
which time it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in
which assistant neutrons, vice neutrons, and assistant vice neutrons
exchange places. Some studies have shown that the atomic mass actually
increases after each reorganization.
Research at other laboratories indicates that Administratium occurs
naturally in the atmosphere. It tends to concentrate at certain points
such as government agencies, large corporations, and
universities. It can usually be found in the newest, best
appointed, and best maintained buildings.
Scientists point out that Administratium is known to be toxic at any
level of concentration and can easily destroy any productive reaction
where it is allowed to accumulate. Attempts are being made to
determine how Administratium can be controlled to prevent irreversible
damage, but results to date are not promising.
Past events are moved here in order to provide contact info if you want
to ask for published papers, proceedings, future similar events, etc
1st International Symposium of Coral Husbandry in Public Aquaria
For those that have missed the first announcement on the 1st International Symposium of Coral
Husbandry in Public Aquaria, Burgers' Zoo the Netherlands from
16-21 April 2007 please note that the final date of early registration
is coming on soon. Please keep in mind that registration is including
hotel, all meals and all transportation. So the cost when you arrive in
the Netherlands can be very limited.
Also we have lengthened the closing date for call for abstract to
January 21st . So you have still some time left to prepare your
For more information on the symposium, call for abstract or
registration please check the website www.coralhusbandry.org
East Reef Aquarium
MARCH 10th & 11th 2007
Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
431 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Announcement 3rd SECORE Workshop,
Puerto Rico, Aug 1 - 8, 2007
After the tremendous success of the 2nd SECORE Workshop 2006, we are
pleased to announce the 3rd SECORE Workshop to be held in Puerto Rico
during the annual mass spawning of the Elkhorn coral Acropora palmata
and the Staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis from Aug 1 - 8, 2007.
SECORE Workshops are aimed at providing knowledge and training in coral
breeding techniques primarily for aquarium professionals. Participants
will work 'hands on' with leading experts in the field and may be
provided with primary polyps and/or larvae for further outgrowth at
their home facilities (depending on the breeding success). Furthermore,
we will focus this workshop on the Caribbean Acroporids, which are
widely threatened throughout the Caribbean. The reefs around Puerto
Rico have reproducing A. palmata populations and major stands of A.
cervicornis, so the regional logistics favour a successful workshop.
However working with wild populations naturally have a risk of failure
due to delay or lack of spawning, or to natural or anthropogenic
disturbances. Nevertheless, the spawning events in and around Puerto
Rico have shown a great continuity and accuracy during the past years
offering the highest possible chance for collecting coral spawn. During
the 2nd SECORE Workshop, we managed to rear more than 900,000 larvae of
A. palmata of which 50% could be transported successfully to the
participating institutions. Between 10-30% of the larvae could be
settled and, 3 months after the workshop, a great portion of the
recruits are still developing in tanks.
A brief overview on the program:
- number of
participants: max. 20
studied: Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis (broadcast
spawners), and 2 brooding species in order to provide knowledge on both
- lectures on
coral biology, techniques and activities to be performed, also on
gamete and larvae cryopreservation
trained: gamete collection, ex situ fertilization, larval collection,
larval settlement, transportation of larvae and primary polyps
research in progress: cryopreservation of coral larvae
- diving during
collection nights (only for experienced divers) and other occasions
- it is likely
that many participants will be able to take back larvae and primary
polyps. This will depend upon success and institutional needs.
The workshop is supported by
- Dr. Andy
Bruckner, NOAA Fisheries
- Dr. Nilda
Aponte & Dr. Ernesto Weil, Dept. of Marine Sciences of the
University of Puerto Rico
- Dr. Alina
Szmant, University of North Carolina
Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)
of Zoos and Aquaria (AZA)
- U.S. Fish and
- The workshop
activities include night diving and 24-hour-shift work. Participants
must be in a good physical condition and willing to help reach the
participants must provide proof of their dive qualifications and
participants are obliged to monitor survival and growth of the
juveniles for at least 12 months after the workshop.
- Permission to
collect and to maintain the specimens in captivity is given by the
Ministry of Agriculture of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. No specimens may be given to third parties without the
permission of the SECORE coordinator.
The costs for the 8-day stay (accommodation, rental of facilities,
supplies) are about USD$1,500 per person, excl. airfare, food and
rental for dive equipment.
How to join:
- If you are interested to join the workshop, please send an e-mail to
Mike Brittsan for U.S. institutions and to Dirk Petersen for all
- Our workshops are primarily dedicated to SECORE members. If you are
not a member yet and want to join, please read the information on the
website www.secore.org on how to become a member.
- All candidates must submit a CV including a description of their
institution and their diving qualifications.
Participants will be chosen based on their qualifications. Candidates
who have not yet joined a previous workshop will be preferred; however,
4 to 5 spots will be reserved for returning participants of previous
The 3rd SECORE
Workshop will be hosted by
Dirk Petersen & Michael Laterveer, Rotterdam Zoo, The Netherlands
Mike Brittsan, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, USA
Mary Hagedorn, Smithsonian Institution, USA
Eric Borneman, University of Houston, USA
Diseases of Corals and Other Reef
The course "*Diseases of Corals and
Other Reef Organisms*" will be offered again this summer at Mote
Marine Laboratory's Tropical Research Laboratory on Summerland Key,
Florida. This 7-day course is for professional scientists and
graduate students, and will introduce participants to the field of
pathobiology of marine organisms.
The focus of lectures, dives, and laboratory sessions will be on
diseases affecting hard corals, but diseases of other reef organisms
will also be discussed.
_Dates_: August 11-18, 2007
Esther C. Peters, Ph.D., Tetra Tech, Inc.
Robert B. Jonas, Ph.D., George Mason University
Thomas R. Cuba, Ph.D., Delta-Seven, Inc. will assist.
Course Fee_: $850.00 includes all costs, including course
materials, meals, and housing.
For more information about the course and to download an application,
go to http://www.mote.org/Keys/disease_workshop.phtml
. This course is limited to 14 participants. In addition,
two related short courses will be held prior to the Coral Disease
Workshop. Each course costs $250.00, and each is limited to 6
Coral Tissue Slide Reading Workshop - presented by Dr. Peters (August
Coral Restoration Workshop - presented by Dr. Cuba (August 8-10, 2007)