2015 Summit on Fibropapillomatosis

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First Announcement of the "2015 International Summit on Fibropapillomatosis of Marine Turtles: Global Status, Trends, and Population Impacts"
The aims of the Summit are:
·  To identify areas where substantial status and trend data exist for fibropapillomatosis (FP) in sea turtles.
·   Convene an expert working group to evaluate data and identify data gaps.

·   Identify priority regions where status and trends data would be desirable.
·  To exchange ideas, strengthen skills and share examples of good practice.

·   Develop recommendations for standardized monitoring of FP.
Date and Location
June 11-14, 2015
NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Steering Committee
George Balazs – Chair, NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Allen Foley – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Thierry Work – USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
Stacy Hargrove – NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Shandell Brunson – NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

Participants and Attendance

The Summit is open to those who have data on status and trends of FP.  This includes, but is not limited to, expert participants from five regions for which invitations already extended by the Summit Steering Committee have now been accepted.   In addition, participation may include representatives from other organizations that also promote and support research on FP.  The Summit is open to everyone to attend. However, pre-arrangements for both USA and non-USA citizens will be needed in order to enter the Pearl Harbor Naval Base.  A preliminary Agenda for the Summit will be sent out during late March 2015.
Products
Following the workshop, the Steering Committee in collaboration with invitational co-authors will draft a paper summarizing global trends of FP, its demographic impacts, future research needs, and guidelines for standardized monitoring of this disease.
For additional information please write to the Summit Steering Committee point of contact George.Balazs@noaa.gov

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