ReefBase Alert for May 2008

Posted on May 20, 2008 By : Admin Ragamagz

For You interest in MArine Ecosystem, specially concerning to Reef Management and Marine Ecology Work, and Marine GIS and Remote sensing relate to that field, it's good for you to read following info;

 1. 11th ICRS ReefBase Involvement

Yet again, this is the year for the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) after its previous one in Okinawa, Japan in 2004. Held every four years since 1969 in India, the 11th ICRS will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this July 7th -11th and will be anticipating about 2000 participants in what is claimed to be the world's major coral reef meeting.

The ReefBase team will be participating in several presentations which include an exhibition booth, a poster presentations and a plenary session about coral reef management. Below are further details of the presentations:
Lessons Learned and Best Practices in the Management of Coral Reefs
Tuesday July 8, 2008 6:30-9:30 PM
Mark Tupper ( (By Invitation or Contact Only)

ReefBase: Information Systems Focused on Coral Reef Resources & Management
Thursday, July 10, 2008 12:00-12:30PM, as part of that day's program, "Coral Reef Conservation"
Moi Khim Tan and Pip Cohen
Venue: Education Center

Exhibition booth at Education Center
Booth no: E1
The exhibit will display brochures, posters, and database products (CD and DVD formats) from four information systems (ReefBase, GEF Lessons Learned, ReefBase Pacific and FishBase) as well as general information on the activities of WorldFish Center relating to tropical based, small-scale fisheries.
Poster presentation (ReefBase: Information Systems Focused on Coral Reef Resources & Management) Category: 23. Reef management

2. Knowledgebase for Lessons Learned and Best Practices in the Management of Coral Reefs (GEF Lessons Learned) Mailing List

The GEF Lessons Learned and Best Practices Toolkit (GEF LL Toolkit) is a place to find information about how to design and implement coral reef management strategies. The tools provided on this website are also available through an interactive CD-ROM. This toolkit is a "living knowledgebase" - as our knowledge of the issues surrounding coral reef management and how best to approach them improves, revisions of this information can be anticipated.

The GEF LL Toolkit is available on-line at, and updates will be provided on a quarterly basis to provide the latest information available on coral reef management issues. Also available online are an email mailing list () and a blog space for coral reef managers and scientists to discuss their ideas and experiences. I would grateful if you would subscribe to the mailing list and add your input, particularly in terms of commentary on the information contained in the toolkit. Feel free to suggest any changes or additions you feel would be valuable. Please note that the Lessons Learned mailing list is not intended to compete with this Coral list. Instead it is meant to be a supplemental list where coral managers and researchers can discuss their experiences with management issues.

Project Leader, Dr. Mark Tupper

3. Launching of the ReefBase Pacific DVD Version 1.0

The ReefBase team is pleased to announce the launch of the ReefBase Pacific DVD Version 1.0. This is the first of many information products of the ReefBase Pacific project that will improve quality and accessibility of data and information for reef fisheries and coral reef research, management, conservation, and education in the Pacific region.

ReefBase Pacific DVD version 1.0 contains a large collection of reef resource information relating to the Pacific. The major content of the current database are outlined below. A variety of search options allow the user to easily identify, locate and access this information. The current database includes:
2507 Publications (2163 English, 308 French, 1212 in full text PDFs), 1232 Images, 694 Monitoring Sites, 77 Project Details, 176 People, 85 Organizations, 2021 Species Profiles, 22 Country profiles

For more information, visit ReefBase Pacific project page.

4. Halmahera Expedition
A team of top marine scientists is embarking on a month-long journey to uncharted waters on the outer edge of the Coral Triangle, a region renowned for its incredible marine biodiversity. Reefs here harbor an astounding 76 percent of the world's coral species. The expedition will be leaving aboard the Seven Seas on April 12th 2008, returning a month later, on May 12th after circumnavigating the main island and adjoining islets.

What they will find during this expedition may well be the richest treasure trove of marine life on Earth. "We call the Coral Triangle the 'epicenter of coral reef diversity'," says Dr. Rod Salm, director of the Conservancy's Tropical Marine Conservation Program in the Asia Pacific Region. "This could be the epicenter of the epicenter."

The expedition, which is co-sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International (CI), includes 16 experts from these organizations as well as Indonesian partners and the World Wildlife Fund. These web pages contain information and discoveries from the expedition, and allow you to follow the team as it explores this paradise on Earth.  Select "Blog" to read the exciting notes from the expedition members.

Follow the live update of the exciting expedition on their website:

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