Coral Health and Disease in the Pacific: Vision for Action
Recognizing the need for a strategic plan of action to combat a health crisis for Pacific Reefs, the Coral Disease and Health Consortium (CDHC) convened a workshop to help organize and coordinate a scientific effort focused specifically on coral health issues in the Pacific. The goal was to develop an action plan that would enable regional scientific efforts to detect, identify, characterize, and manage coral diseases in the Pacific. This report documents the proceedings of this workshop: Coral Health and Disease in the Pacific: Vision for Action. The goals of the workshop were to: synthesize the state of knowledge of Pacific coral diseases; discuss the concepts and principles of disease, their use in investigating causation and how this can be applied to corals; characterize the difficulties in identifying, defining and managing disease in coral; and develop a Strategic Research Plan.
Citation: Galloway, S.B., Bruckner, A.W. and Woodley, C.M. (eds.), 2009. Coral Health and Disease in the Pacific: Vision for Action. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 97 and CRCP 7. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD 314pp.
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