pelletierOrganizers: Dominique Pelletier/Fraser Januchowski-Hartley/Pedro Henrique Cipresso Pereira
Affiliations: French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (FREMER), Labex CORAIL/University of Montpellier 2-IRD/Federal University of Pernambuco, Oceanography Department – Brazil
Lead contact: Dominique Pelletier

Description: This session will introduce the Coral Reef Working Group (CRWG) at the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), and identify priorities for coral reef fish conservation. The Indo-Pacific is the largest region with coral reef ecosystems; and their conservation, in particular that of reef fishes, is vital for many reasons including food security, ecosystem health and cultural heritage. The CRWG works toward integrating coral reef conservation science into policy and management actions, while engaging students and early career conservationists to build capacity in coral reef and reef fish conservation. Efficient communication of issues and science outreach with the different countries in the region is needed to maximize conservation outcomes.
The session will consist of oral presentations focused on conservation of coral reef fishes in the Indo-Pacific, ranging from regular format to short slideshow to foster participation and exchange of ideas, followed by an open discussion between participants about urgent conservation issues raised through presentations, and which science-based activities would help to address them. An important objective of the CRWG is to represent the diversity of practitioners (scientists, managers, NGO, education sector), through an adequate representation of languages and regions The CRWG is recently formed, and we are looking forward to discuss questions and activities that will be undertaken with a larger audience at the IPFC conference

Expected Audience: We believe that everyone is concerned with the issue of coral reef conservation, whatever the discipline, and the area of expertise. In particular, we expect the attendance of students and young scientists from the Indo-Pacific and other areas around the world, such as Caribbean and Brazil. We more than welcome the involvement of other scientists motivated by pluridisciplinary, collegial and participative approaches, and by the outreach of science.