Please help fight for the future of our coral reefs!


I love my reefs and I hope that shows in my daily musings. Today I received an email about a workshop in Dania Beach and also an online petition that takes about 30 seconds to be heard. I have put a link here and also in my sidebar. PLEASE if you love Earth’s fragile coral reefs, take just a moment to send your letter.
Help save our reefs
Below you will also find details about the session. One is in Dania Beach here in Florida and one is in Hawaii.

Learn About, Speak Up for Corals: Public Meetings on Protecting 82 Corals
Dania Beach, Florida, and Honolulu, Hawaii
June 2012

Honolulu Science Workshop
When: June 18, 8:30 a.m.
Where: East-West Center; Jefferson Hall (Imin Conference Center), University of Hawaii campus, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI; telephone: (808) 983–5303

Honolulu Listening Session
When: June 25, 6 p.m.
Where: Pagoda Hotel; 1525 Rycroft Street; Honolulu, HI; telephone: (808) 941–6611

Dania Beach Science Workshop
When: June 27, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Nova Southeastern University, Oceanographic Center, Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems Science, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL; telephone: (954) 262–3600

Dania Beach Listening Session
When: June 28, 4 p.m.
Where: Nova Southeastern University, Oceanographic Center, Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems Science, 8000 North Ocean Drive; Dania Beach, FL; telephone: (954) 262–3600

If you’re planning to attend any of these events, please email the Center’s Oceans Director Miyoko Sakashita.

I have also added a link in my side bar for you to send am online petition. Takes about 30 seconds to be heard.
Regulatory Branch Chief
National Marine Fisheries Service
ATTN: 82 Coral Species
1601 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1110
Honolulu, HI 96814
US
Assistant Regional Administrator
National Marine Fisheries Service
ATTN: 82 Coral Species
263 13th Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
US

The world’s corals and coral reef ecosystems are in crisis. In just a few decades, scientists warn, these “rainforests of the sea” and all their rich biodiversity could disappear completely. While corals face numerous dangers, the overarching threats of global warming and ocean acidification are the greatest, and they’re accelerating the decline of corals around the world.

To save 82 of our most endangered coral species, in 2009 the Center petitioned to protect them under the Endangered Species Act. In response, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration has issued a study that offers a dim outlook. Multifaceted threats like climate change, ocean acidification and overfishing are driving these corals to extinction. More than two-thirds could disappear completely before century’s end.

The good news is that they’re now advancing toward greater protections under the Endangered Species Act. Over the next few months, the National Marine Fisheries Service will be evaluating whether to classify these 82 corals as threatened or endangered.

Until July 31, the public has a chance to give the federal government input on protecting these corals — and the Fisheries Service wants you to be as informed as possible. If you’ll be in Honolulu, Hawaii, or Dania Beach, Florida, this June, learn all you can about the coral extinction crisis at one of the agency’s “listening sessions,” and get the science behind their decline at a special science workshop.

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