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Please mark your calendar for July 7-11, 2008
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
11th International Coral Reef Symposium
11th International Coral Reef Symposium

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,
·         Encourage multidisciplinary research,
·         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. 

  Thank you.

We would like to invite you to the Deepsea coral symposium 2008 (4th 
International Symposium on Deepsea Corals).

December 1-5, 2008
Victoria University of Wellington
Function Room Venue
New Zealand
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 them. 
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 and 
invertebrate association)
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:


Sincerely yours,

Juan Sanchez
International Committee member

Juan Armando Sanchez M., Ph.D.
Profesor Asociado
Director - Laboratorio de Biología Molecular Marina (BIOMMAR)
Departamento Ciencias Biológicas
Universidad de los Andes
Carrera 1E No 18A - 10 (J 409/ J 309 lab)
P.O.Box 4976
Santafé de Bogotá D.C.,COLOMBIA


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

Dear Colleague,

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 abstract.

For more information on the symposium, call for abstract or registration please check the website www.coralhusbandry.org


orth East Reef Aquarium Conference

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
-       species studied: Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis (broadcast spawners), and 2 brooding species in order to provide knowledge on both reproductive modes
-       lectures on coral biology, techniques and activities to be performed, also on gamete and larvae cryopreservation
-       techniques trained: gamete collection, ex situ fertilization, larval collection, larval settlement, transportation of larvae and primary polyps
-       applied 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
-       European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)
-       Association of Zoos and Aquaria (AZA)
-       U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

-       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 workshop goals.
-       All participants must provide proof of their dive qualifications and medical check.
-       All 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 others).
- 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 workshops.

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 Organisms

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 participants.

Coral Tissue Slide Reading Workshop - presented by Dr. Peters (August 8-10, 2007)

Coral Restoration Workshop - presented by Dr. Cuba (August 8-10, 2007)



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