U.S. Coral Reef Task Force to host biannual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

August 7, 2017
A colorful coral reef teeming with fish.

The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force will hold its biannual meeting August 7-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The meeting theme is Healthy Reefs for a Healthy Economy. Key discussion areas include: the economic value of Florida’s coral reefs, lessons learned from the recent coral disease outbreak in southeast Florida, and community engagement in coral reef management.  

The task force is co-chaired by the Department of Commerce through NOAA and the Department of the Interior. This meeting brings together personnel from 12 federal agencies, officials from seven state/territory governments, and representatives from Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. The 38th meeting is hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.       

WHAT:         38th Meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force

WHEN:        Public sessions Friday, August 11, 2017
8:45 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. EDT
                    1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT
                    Journalists are welcome. Meeting agenda is available online.

WHERE:       Harbor Beach Marriott Hotel
                    3030 Holiday Drive
                    Caribbean Salon (V-VIII)
                    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

WHO:          Nicole LeBoeuf, deputy assistant administrator,
                    NOAA’s National Ocean Service
                    Shawn Buckner, acting director,
                    Department of the Interior’s Office of Policy Analysis
                    Jennifer Koss, director,
                    NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program


Media contacts:
Keeley Belva, 240-533-0940
Alicia Clarke, 703-225-9067