Program, Workshops, & Events (Check back here for updates)
CONFERENCE THEMATIC SESSION
Tourism in the Caribbean: challenges for the management of fisheries and coral reef ecosystems of the region
The Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina (CORALINA) is sponsoring the thematic session entitled “Tourism in the Caribbean: challenges for the management of fisheries and coral reef ecosystems of the region”. While tourism provides considerable economic benefits for many countries, regions and communities, its rapid expansion can also be responsible for adverse environmental, as well as socio-cultural, impact. Two areas of environmental impact of tourism are pressure on natural resources and damage to ecosystems. Furthermore, it is now widely recognized that uncontrolled tourism expansion is likely to lead to environmental degradation and that in turn, poses a serious threat to tourism activities.
The session aims to enhance our understanding of: (a) the concepts of ocean economy and related linkages to tourism; (b) tourism and related coastal management and policies; (c) conservation strategies and sustainable management of aquatic systems, (e.g., environmental, tourism and recreation education), and (d) sustainable tourism as an essential economic sector for many Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
This session seeks to explore its concepts and objectives by bringing together the experts, academics, policymakers and managers, and relevant organizations interested in marine issues, natural resources and sustainable fisheries and tourism.
We encourage presentations on the following topics:
- Tourism as an industry alternative;
- Tourism in coastal areas,
- Tourism and security;
- Tourism in protected areas, national parks and forests;
- Small scale fisheries and Tourism, Fisher woman and Tourism,
- Targeted strategies for tourism management and
- Climate change and tourism among others
The conference program features multi-disciplinary sessions arranged in part by ecosystem type. The subject areas are consistent with previous GCFI conferences; each session may have a mix of natural and social science, management, and technology related to the ecosystem or fisheries. Papers and posters are solicited in the following areas (other subjects not listed below will also be considered):
- Governance, livelihoods, and organizations
- Reefs and associated ecosystems fisheries
- Shallow and deep reef fishes
- Snapper and grouper fisheries
- Fish spawning aggregations
- Lionfish and other invasive species
- Queen conch, spiny lobster, and other invertebrates
- Marine Protected Areas Science and Management
- Pelagic ecosystem and recreational fisheries
- Continental shelf ecosystem fisheries
- Habitats, climate change, and coastal management
- Essential fish habitats
- Integrated coastal management
- Climate change adaptation
- Marine Pollution and Debris
The poster session/reception will be on the evening of 6 November 2018. Poster space is limited. See the poster specification guidelines on the GCFI web site. The preferred poster size is Posters are limited to a space: 46″ high – by – 34″wide or 34″ high by 46″ wide, for either portrait or landscape orientation.
Special call for poster abstracts on “Gender in Fisheries”
GCFI is inviting poster presenters with an interest in gender in fisheries to participate in a special section of the poster session devoted to that topic. We are particularly interested in comparative analyses of women and men rather than analyses focused primarily on women. Topics of interest include: value chains, social networks, organizations, roles in science, equality and equity. Kindly submit your abstracts following GCFI instructions, but indicate Gender as your poster session preference. For further information contact Maria Pena ([email protected]) or Martha Prada ([email protected]).
- Hurricane Impacts on Fisheries and Marine Resources, Management Responses, and Planning for Future Storms in the Caribbean Region
Hurricanes Irma and Maria were two of the strongest hurricanes on record to impact the Caribbean. We are just beginning to piece together the devastating and potentially long–term impacts of the path of destruction of these two storms in the region. Many islands of the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico, Dominica, the Turks and Caicos Islands, USVI, BVI, and Saint Maarten), as well as the Florida Keys, suffered what have been described as highly significant impacts on marine resources and fisheries in their communities. Under climate change scenarios, forecasts are for increased intensity of such storms in the Caribbean region.
The goal of the session is to advance our understanding of the impacts of hurricanes on fisheries resources and management in the large marine ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. This session will be open to all participants. Contributions to the session will include, but not limited to:
- The bio-physical and socio-economic impacts or potential impacts of these storms on fisheries resources, marine resources, habitats, marine protected areas, and associated livelihoods across the region;
- The management responses, communications strategies, monitoring of impacts and recovery, and research priorities;
- Lessons learned about risks facing regional fisheries and marine resources, ecosystem resilience, opportunities for adaptation, and strategies for future preparedness.
We expect to produce a special publication on the impact and status of the fisheries and marine resources after one year of the passing of these storms. Participants accepted for presentation will be required to submit their manuscript for publication.
- Share the status of the impacted fisheries and marine resources throughout the region and provide examples of the potential impact of hurricanes on fisheries resources (including protected resources such as reef fishes, marine mammals, sea turtles, and corals) and the fisheries sector in the Caribbean region.
- Discuss how hurricanes may impact fish distribution, catch, socio-economics, data collection programs, and fisheries management.
- Identify and prioritize research, monitoring, restoration, and response needs related to hurricane impacts on fisheries in the region.
- Discuss forecasts for future storms under climate change scenarios and assess potential risks to regional fisheries.
- Discuss fisheries management planning in the face of possible future devastating storms.
- Assess past management responses to hurricanes and identify common management needs across the region
- Discuss strategies for applying collaborative research across geographies and disciplines to best inform and implement adaptive management and guide hurricane response and restoration.
- Learn from others working on the links between fisheries and hurricanes.
Session duration: half day
Organizers: Gulf Caribbean Fisheries Institute and FAO, Conveners: Alejandro Acosta, PhD ([email protected]), Leroy Creswell, and Iris Monnereau, PhD.
- Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems in a Changing Climate in the Framework of the 2018 Third International Year of the Reef”.
The United Nations Environment Programme, through the Caribbean Environment Programme (UN-Environment–CEP) and its Regional Activity Center for the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol (SPAW–RAC) of the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention), is pleased to host a technical session on “Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems in a Changing Climate”, to be held at the 71st GCFI Annual Meeting. The session will be considered as a regional Caribbean contribution to the world wide activities 2018 Third International Year of the Reef.
The goal of this technical session is to share with the GCFI community the latest coral reef research results and conservation practices in the Caribbean and will serve as a forum to:
- Share information among decision-makers, scientists, managers, educators, resource users, and students on the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated ecosystems;
- Promote partnerships among government agencies, the private sector, academia, and the civil society on coral reefs value;
- Identify and support the implementation of effective management strategies for conservation, increased resiliency, and sustainable use of these ecosystems; and
- Promote best practices and sharing of lessons learned.
The technical session will focus on the following themes:
- Monitoring and research on coral reefs biophysical and socioeconomics features, including the work of the Caribbean Node of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN-Caribbean) which aims to strengthen the dissemination and exchange of the best available scientific information on the status and trends of coral reef ecosystems and research needs for their improved conservation and management;
- Restoration, including the work of the Coral Restoration Consortium (CRC) and particularly the results of an increasing amount of coral restorations initiatives, especially in the context of responding to the impacts of natural disasters;
- The socioeconomic context of coral reefs, including the work of the Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative for Coastal Management (SocMon) working on a better understanding of human interactions with and dependence on coastal resources, including the impact of land-based sources of pollution;
- Coral Reefs for a sustainable economy, including the valuation of coral reefs ecosystem services in the framework of developing ecosystem-based management approaches and tools, as well as maintaining and promoting livelihoods associated with healthy coral reefs.
Session duration: half day
Organizers: UN Environment-CEP, SPAW-RAC and Gulf Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Conveners: Ms. Lucie Labbouz (SPAW-RAC); ([email protected]); Ms. Ileana Lopez (UN Environment-CEP). This session is sponsored by UN Environment-CEP, SPAW-RAC, and GCFI.
- Recent Advances in the Integration of Optic and Acoustic Technologies for Improving Reef Fish Ecosystem Surveys.
The goal of this session is to inform scientists, managers, and stakeholders on the state of the science, best practices, and applications for utilizing optic and acoustic technologies to enhance reef fish research and survey operations. Case studies are encouraged to examine the feasibility of deployment and operational simplicity of integrating optic and acoustic tools to improve monitoring programs, and to expand accessibility and use to a broader range of researchers and citizen scientists. In addition, the case studies will help to identify the challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations in building scientific capacity with these sampling technologies to improve the quality and timeliness of scientific information for the sustainability of living marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. This session is a complement of the training workshop on the integration of optical and acoustic technologies for improving reef fish ecosystem surveys.
Session duration: quarter day
Organizers: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Gulf Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Conveners: William L. Michaels, ([email protected]) NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology; and Christopher Taylor; NOAA/NOS.
Abstracts submission are due August 15, 2018. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by early September 2018. Time limitations necessitate that not all submissions for the oral competition will be accepted for oral slots. Submissions intended for the oral competition not granted an oral slot will automatically be entered in the poster competition.
WORKSHOPS AT THE 71st GCFI
- Workshop for Conducting Integrated Optic-Acoustic Reef Fish Survey Operations (three-day workshop on November 3-4, and 3rd day during the conference to be determined).
A three-day workshop will provide training on data processing and analysis of data collected from integrated optical (stereo cameras) and acoustic (scientific echosounders) sampling operations in reef fish habitats. Instructors will provide an overview on the technical aspects of integrated optic-acoustic studies of reef fish and their habitats (day one); and hands-on training with software to analyze optical and acoustical data for the estimations of species compositions, abundance, fish lengths, acoustic target strengths, and the spatial-temporal matching of optic-acoustic detections (day two). The third day will include: presentations of case studies by the experts and workshop results by the students; a panel discussion; and opportunity for expert consultation on equipment and methods for conducting optic-acoustic surveys for quantitative estimates of reef fish abundances for stock assessments and habitat mapping.
Participation in the workshop requires conference registration. The first two days of workshop during November 3-4, 2018 is limited to 20 participants who need technical training with stereo camera and acoustic operations. The third day of the workshop is open to wider participation of scientists, program leaders, managers and stakeholders to discuss the application of optical and acoustical technologies to enhance research and survey operations. If you would like to participate in this workshop, please send a brief statement of background and interest to attend the three-day workshop, or only the third day. Please send your statement of interest to [email protected] on or before the registration deadline of August 30, 2018.
Furthermore, sponsors of this workshop will provide scholarships up to $2,000 US to be awarded to selected participants who submit a request for scholarship consideration with justification of need and how this training will advance ongoing research and survey operations. Request for scholarship consideration should be sent to [email protected] on or before the registration deadline of August 30, 2018; and the workshop steering committee will notify the applicants of the award decisions by September 7, 2018.
FISHERS FORUM AND FIELD TRIP
The Fishers Forum comprises a themed session in the main conference ending in the presentation of the Gladding Memorial Award (Monday, 5th) and a field trip especially for fishers (Tuesday, 6th ). The theme for the 71st GCFI is “Fisherman’s Perspective on Managing Fisheries for Sustainability”. Fishers and other GCFI participants with experience of fisheries exchanges who are interested in sharing information in the Fishers Forum should contact Will Heyman ([email protected]) or Mitchell Lay ([email protected]) by 31 August 2018. Details of the Forum session and field trip will be in the second GCFI announcement.
FIELD TRIP AND TOURS
On the afternoon of Wednesday, 7 November, choose from different activities and tour of the City and island attractions that have been specially designed with you in mind. A contribution to each tour will be required from each participant. Please check back for updates on tours.