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Mon 12 Apr 2004

ADEX Dive Conservation & Environment Seminar

Category : talks

Friday 16 April 2004: 1pm - 5pm. Please note that admission for all ADEX seminars is by registration, costing $15. There are four seminars in all. Price for any two seminars is $25, for three, $35 and for all four is $50. For seminar titles, see ADEX Seminars.

1.00pm Opening by the Chairman followed by "'Reef Watchers' - A way to learn and contribute to monitoring the health of our reefs". By Michael Aw, Chairman, OceanNEnvironment Australia Publisher, Asian Geographic Magazine, Scuba Diver Magazine. Five steps - 1. Appreciating coral reef habitats. 2. Awareness of reef life & reef fishes. 3. The patch reef dive - diversity & density, behaviour. 4. Monitoring - big fish sighting, - sharks, groupers, Napoleon wrasse. 5. Certificate of Appreciation / Award.

1.40pm: "Fin-ished business: An overview of the global trade in shark fins". By Victor Wu, Wildlife Campaigner, WildAid. This talk will examine the current scale of the global shark fin trade. It will give an insight of the complex trade mechanics from the producer to the consumer end. The talk will also look at the impact irresponsible fisheries has had on shark populations worldwide.

2.20 pm: Break

2. 40pm: "The reprieve of Chek Jawa - Lessons for marine conservation in Singapore". By N. Sivasothi, Research Officer, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore. A newly discovered jewel, Chek Jawa, motivated desperate biodiversity inventories, data submissions and public education efforts in 2001. As thousands were provided a last glimpse of this natural wonder, government granted a last minute, unprecedented reprieve. The complex process and its lessons for marine conservation issues in Singapore are discussed.

3.20pm: "Marine Protected Areas - Their importance for biodiversity protection, sustainable fisheries and eco-tourism development in Indonesia". By Dr Peter Mous, Science and Training Manager, The Nature Conservancy - Southeast Asia Center for Marine Protected Areas, Indonesia. In developing nations such as Indonesia, Marine Protected Areas are being established in partnership between communities, government agencies and non-governmental organisations. The Nature Conservancy in Indonesia supports the development of Marine Protected Area networks that provide commercial benefits for eco-tourism and fisheries, while protecting the biodiversity of the most diverse reefs on Earth.

4.00pm: Panel Discussion/Q&A: "How divers and diving operators can/should contribute EFFECTIVELY with measurable RESULTS to Marine Protected Areas, coral reefs conservation and the Say No to Shark Fins campaign?"

Moderator: David Strike, Associate Publisher/Editor, Nekton Magazine
Panelists: Michael Aw, Chairman, OceanNEnvironment Australia, Publisher, Asian Geographic Magazine, Scuba Diver Magazine; Dr Peter Mous, Science and Training Manager, The Nature Conservancy - Southeast Asia Center for Marine Protected Areas, Indonesia; N. Sivasothi, Research Officer, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore; Jos Hill, Director, Reef Check Australia (to be confirmed); Jeffrey Low, Chairman, Blue Water volunteers (to be confirmed).

5.00pm: End of session

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