June 17, 2008

Leading International Coral Reef Experts to Unveil Latest Science at First U.S. Gathering in 30 Years


Contact: Julia Roberson (UK, BST), +44(0)77-04-54-83-92, [email protected]; Cindy Yeast (US, EDT), +1-202-236-5413, [email protected]; or Corinne Knutson (US, PDT), +1-808-497-3360, [email protected], all for the International Coral Reef Symposium

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The worlds leading coral reef science conference, the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), begins Monday, July 7 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Held once every four years, the ICRS brings more than 2,500 international scientists, policy makers, managers, and conservationists together to present the latest findings on coral reef science and management. Reports will be announced on topics including the emerging link between climate change, ocean acidification and coral reef health; diseases affecting coral reefs around the world; recovery of coral reef ecosystems following bleaching episodes; and the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas.

What:The International Coral Reef Symposium http://www.nova.edu/ ncri/11icrs/

-- Sanctioned by the International Society for Reef Studies, the largest society focused on coral reefs worldwide.

-- Hosted by the US Coral Reef Task Force and the state of

Florida. Chair organization by Hidden List Nova Southeastern

University of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, home of the United States

National Coral Reef Institute.

-- Occurs during the 2008 International Year of the Reef.

When:Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11, 2008

For a detailed schedule: http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/ sciprogram_schedule.html

Where:Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard at the northern end of Port Everglades. Security checkpoints require valid government-issued identification. For directions:http://www.ftlauderdalecc.com/broward-directions.htm

Who:Experts on coral reefs and climate change, coral reef fisheries, ocean acidification, coral reef diseases, and reef management will be available for media interviews. Only registered and paid attendees and the news media can attend. Credentialed members of the news media, please register at: http://www.nova.edu/ ncri/11icrs/media_newsroom.html. An Exhibits and Education Center will be open to the public.

For Members of the News Media:Daily media briefings and interview opportunities will feature prominent researchers discussing their findings. A fully equipped pressroom will be available. Relevant research will be available starting June 17 in the ICRS newsroom. Embargoed press releases will be available on EurekAlert! from Wednesday, July 2. Beginning July 7, interviews with scientists participating in the daily news briefings, plus overviews, B-roll, photos, and graphics, will be available online: http://www.nova.edu/ ncri/11icrs/media_newsroom.html

SOURCE The International Coral Reef Symposium

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