All natural and social scientists who study coral reef ecosystems and the coastal and island communities which depend on them are urged to sign-on to the following scientists’ statement regarding the reauthorization of the
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SCIENTISTS’ STATEMENT ON THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES’ CORAL REEF CONSERVATION ACT
As natural and social scientists who study coral reef ecosystems and the coastal and island communities which depend on them, we are profoundly concerned about the threats these ecologically, economically and culturally valuable ecosystems face in the United States and around the world.
Although tropical coral reefs occupy less than 0.1% of the planet’s surface area, they are home to an estimated quarter of the world’s marine species. This extraordinary biological diversity, combined with the role reefs play in the protection of coastlines from violent storms, the natural storehouse of pharmaceutical compounds they provide, the traditional cultural practices they support, and the economic value they generate through tourism and fisheries, make these ecosystems exceptionally valuable targets for marine conservation.
However, due to the impacts of primarily anthropogenic stressors and threats, coral reefs in the
It is not too late to save these valuable marine ecosystems, and indeed there is much more that we can do to address the major threats. We commend the excellent work accomplished by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program and the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and the proactive steps taken in the reauthorization of the Coral Reef Conservation Act by Congress and the Administration.
We further urge Congress and the Administration to adopt the strongest possible language for the protection and conservation of coral reef ecosystems in the reauthorization of this important legislation. Such measures could include the following:
- The increased protection of coral reef ecosystems in all
- Increased funding for coral reef conservation, science, and management through NOAA and the Department of the Interior to address the threats
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- Increased coordination between federal agencies, States, Territories and Commonwealths to address coral reef threats on a national and regional basis; and
- Increased emphasis on “active” adaptive management for all
Please support a strong reauthorization of the Coral Reef Conservation Act. Thank You.
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HOW TO SIGN-ON:
Who can sign? All
The DEADLINE for your signature is June 18, 2007.
If you would like to sign-on, please send your information as listed below via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “CRCA Scientist Statement Sign-on” in the subject line:
Format: First name Last name, Qualification or credentials, Affiliation, City, State or territory
Ivan McKenzie, Ph.D., The
Affiliations are for identification only, and do not imply endorsement by signers’ institutions. There is not a conflict of interest if you receive federal grants, i.e. your signature on this statement does not count as lobbying on earmarks, etc. However, federal employees may not be able to sign-on (check with your supervisor). Signatures will be sorted alphabetically by state and then by last name. An initial signature list is listed following the Statement.
Additionally, you may want to contact your Senate or House representative directly by telephone and/or fax and express your views on coral reef conservation and this legislation. Mail is not recommended due to enhanced security measures. Contact from constituents on specific issues does count.
Feel free to pass this message to other interested parties and join the effort to conserve our coral reefs!
INITIAL SIGNATURES INCLUDE:
Richard B. Aronson, Ph.D.,
Andrew Baker, Ph.D., Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Don Olsen, Ph.D., Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Stephen Miller, Ph.D., Center for Marine Science,
Alan White, Ph.D., Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, The Nature Conservancy,
The reauthorization of the
Language being discussed for the reauthorization includes increasing appropriations for the Coral Reef Conservation Program (see: http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov/welcome.html), addressing the impacts of vessel groundings on shallow corals (including enforcement and liability provisions), broadening the Act to better include the Department of Interior, and much more.
Representative Eni Faleomavaega of