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Shine Dome

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Canberra, ACT 2601

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The Coral Reef Futures symposium of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies will be held at the Shine Dome in Canberra on the 15th and 16th June, 2017.

Globally, more than 300 million people depend on the ecosystem services that coral reefs provide, for their livelihoods and food security. In Australia, the Great Barrier Reef alone generates $6 billion per annum in income from tourism and fisheries, yet coral reefs are rapidly degrading due to multiple pressures such as climate change, overfishing and pollution.

Coral bleaching due to record breaking temperatures during the 2015/2016 El Niño event affected the world’s coral reefs. Australia was one of the worst affected regions, and the science and reef management community responded on an unprecedented scale. Just 12 months later, in April 2017, scientists again recorded severe coral bleaching across huge tracts of the Great Barrier Reef.

There has never been a greater or more urgent need for trans-disciplinary and policy-relevant coral reef research. Returning coral reef systems to their former composition is not possible. The objective is for research to inform and support reef governance and management to navigate the transition to new ecosystems that will maintain biodiversity, biological functions and support human wellbeing.

The Symposium will feature presentations from leading international marine scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence, Exeter University, WorldFish, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Two events are scheduled:

A 2-day symposium on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June with more than 30 presentations by leading scientists. The symposium is aimed at a general audience of scientists in related fields, natural resource managers, conservationists, and policy makers. The symposium will be held at The Shine Dome Canberra.

A Public Forum commencing at 6.00pm (refreshments from 5.30pm), Thursday 15th June. Hosted by Dr Karl, popular Australian science communicator, broadcaster extraordinaire, and author, this event is for everyone: the general public, teachers and school children (older than about 10) as well as scientists, resource managers and policy-makers.

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The future of coral reefs

Fisheries and fish

Global change

Ecology and evolution

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Canberra, ACT 2601

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