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REEF RESILIENCE CONFERENCE 2008

"Coping with Climate Change"

In April of 2008, the Florida Reef Resilience Program sponsored a meeting in Key Largo to report on progress and develop strategies to achieve the FRRP vision:

 Marine resource managers and users have new tools that enhance their ability to identify and map the health and status of coral reefs, understand the underlying factors that lead to and maintain resilience, and recognize the economic values associated with reefs.  Empowered with this knowledge, managers and users jointly develop, implement, and support management strategies that improve ecological conditions and economic sustainability. 

 

The first day of the conference focused on discussion of coral reef resilience principles and research that FRRP partners have completed to help answer some of the critical questions about resilience.  Presentations and other relevant materials regarding these projects can be accessed here.

 

As a transition to discussions about what we can do, Paul Marshall, Director of Climate Change for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, took us 'From Vulnerability Assessment to Action Plan to Management for Resilience at the Great Barrier Reef.'

 

The morning of day two of the conference focused on tools and information available for managing coral reefs for resilience.  These presentations can be found here.

 

On the final afternoon of the conference, coral reef managers from 12 marine managed areas in South Florida and around the Caribbean Sea discussed some of the challenges of coral reef management.

 

The final session of the conference involved participants working in small groups to develop ideas that coral reef managers and users could employ to protect the region's reefs from the threats of climate change. Each of six groups discussed a set of strategies and ranked those they considered most useful. A summary of those discussions is included as is the total list and rankings of all the strategies.  We hope this list of strategies, developed by reef managers, anglers, conservationists, dive operators, students and public officials will broaden the discussion about how to protect our reefs.

 

 The Nature Conservancy is grateful to Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises Ocean Fund and the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation for providing financial support for hosting the conference and making it accessible to local reef users and international participants.  World Wildlife Fund is grateful to the Batchelor Foundation for providing financial support for hosting the conference and making it accessible to local reef users.

IYOR

    

    International Year Of the Reef 2008
 

 

Conference Schedule & Links to presentations, notes and results

Tuesday April 22:

An Introduction to Reef Resilience

9:00–9:10 am

Welcome Jeff Danter, Florida State Director, The Nature Conservancy and Debra Harrison, Director, Florida Program, World Wildlife Fund 9:10–10:05 am

Coral Reef Resilience in the face of Global Climate Change: a conceptual framework for the application of resilience principles to coral reef conservation.

Dr. Rob Van Woesik, Florida Institute of Technology, introduced by Dr. Billy Causey, National Marine Sanctuaries Program Southeast Regional Superintendent

10:05–10:25 am

Introduction to the Florida Reef Resilience Program Chris Bergh, Florida Keys Program Director, The Nature Conservancy.

10:25–10:55 am

Coral Reefs from Martin County to the Dry Tortugas, an Overview.

Dr. Brian Keller, National Marine Sanctuaries Program Southeast Regional Science Coordinator, William Precht, FKNMS Damage Assessment and Restoration Program Manager 10:55–11:10 am

Break

11:10–12:00 noon

A Spatial Framework for Quantifying Reef Resilience and Response to Disturbances in Florida.

Dr. Philip Kramer, Caribbean Director, The Nature Conservancy

12:00–12:30 pm

The Role of Environmental Variables in Coral Reef Resilience in Florida.Dan Wagner, Florida Institute of Technology, Eric Mielbrecht, Emerald Coast Environmental Consulting and, Florida Program, World Wildlife Fund 12:30–1:30 pm

Lunch Provided

1:30–2:40 pm

The Human Dimensions of Reef Resilience Part One: Reef User Perspectives: SCUBA divers, snorkelers, recreational anglers and commercial fishers.

Jeff Torode, President, South Florida Diving Headquarters Inc.; Terry Gibson, Managing Editor, Shallow Water Angler Magazine and Projects Editor, Florida Sportsman Magazine; Peter Cone, Commercial Spiny Lobster Diver; Bob Holston, Director, Keys Association of Dive Operators; Capt. Tad Burke, Commodore, Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association; Scott Zimmerman, Executive Director, Florida Keys Commercial Fisherman's Association. 2:40–3:00 pm

Break

3:00–4:30 pm

The Human Dimensions of Reef Resilience Part Two: Social Science Perspectives

Human Dimensions of Coral Reef Management

Non-Resident SCUBA Divers and Anglers: Social Considerations for Resilience Management in the Florida Keys

Economics of Coral Reef Ecosystems

Fishing, diving and other uses in the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) region: A characterization study

Dr. Manoj Shivlani, University of Miami, Dr. David Loomis, University of Massachusetts, Dr. Bob Leeworthy, NOAA

4:30–4:45 pm

Break

4:45–5:45 pm

From Vulnerability Assessment to Action Plan to Management for Resilience at the Great Barrier Reef.

Dr. Paul Marshall, Director, Climate Change Group, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

6:15–7:30 pm

Cocktail Reception sponsored by World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy

7:30 pm

Dinner at the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort

Wednesday April 23:

Actions, Tools, Strategies

9:00–9:20 am

Climate Change: Linking Environmental Analysis to Decision Support Using GIS.

Eric Mielbrecht, Emerald Coast Environmental Consulting and Florida Program, World Wildlife Fund 9:20–9:40 am

R2 Toolkit, Resources for Managers.

Stephanie Wear, Marine Protected Area Specialist, The Nature Conservancy 9:40–10:00 am

A Reef Manager's Guide to Coral Bleaching -- and Beyond.

Dr. Mark Eakin, NOAA Coral Reef Watch 10:00–10:20 am

Resilience and Restoration of Acropora cervicornis Meaghan Johnson, Marine Program Coordinator and Dr. Philip Kramer, Caribbean Director, The Nature Conservancy

10:20–10:40 am

Mote Marine Lab/Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary BleachWatch Partnership.

Cory Walter, Staff Biologist, Mote Marine Laboratory and Lauri McLaughlin, Resource Manager, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

10:40–11:00 am

Break

11:00–12:30 pm

Managers Roundtable: Coral Reef Managers from the Caribbean, Florida, and Australia talk about the challenges of managing for resilience.

Moderated by Jody Thomas, Director, Southern Florida Conservation Region, The Nature Conservancy 12:30–1:30 pm

Lunch provided

1:30–2:00 pm

Summary of Resilience Strategies: Sharing strategy recommendations from the Florida Reef Resilience Program Steering Committee and recap of other strategies discussed earlier to inform discussion that follows.

Alessandra Score, Marine Specialist, Florida Program, World Wildlife Fund 2:00–4:00 pm

Conference participants discuss reef use and management strategies that make sense for Florida in small group format.

Small groups facilitated by FRRP Steering Committee Members. 4:15–4:45 pm

Break

4:45–5:30 pm

Report small group discussion results

 

DINNER BREAK

 

7:00–9:00 pm

FREE and Open to the General Public

“Tourism Industry Confronts Climate Change on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef”.

Dr. Paul Marshall, Director, Climate Change Group, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

David Orgill, District Manager (Gladstone) Central Region, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Alan Wallish, Managing Director, Passions of Paradise – Great Barrier Reef Tour Operator

 

Thursday April 24:

Optional field trips to reefs located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

     

 

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