The Symposium of the Conference
What can animal telemetry tell us about fisheries, MPAs and nearshore
oceanography in the California Current
Co-chairs: Dr. Julia Coates and Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett
The movement patterns of marine species in the nearshore have broad implications for fisheries, reproduction, habitat use, and adaptation to disturbance or long-term climate change. Recent advances in tracking animal movements now make it possible to identify critical habitats, spawning aggregations and oceanographic features. Movement also has implications for the efficacy of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The amount of protection afforded by MPAs to fished species will vary with the frequency they cross protected borders. Promotion of ecosystem integrity through protection of whole communities may be compromised by variable protection afforded to the component species. Tracking the movements of nearshore species however, presents particular challenges relative to studies of species in more open pelagic habitats. Presentations for the 2015 CalCOFI symposium will explore the movement patterns of nearshore species of southern California, their uncertainty, and the mechanisms driving these patterns as well as discuss their implications for ecosystem based management, MPA function and learning about the nearshore physical environment.
El Nino Workshop Dec 16, 2015 (In addition to the symposium)
CalCOFI and the Center for Ocean Solutions will be co-hosting a science workshop to discuss the 2015 El Nino and the potential impacts this event might have on the California Current, California Fisheries and the wider Pacific Ecosystem. This workshop is intended as a venue to share information, plan for the collection of critical data and discuss implications for marine life management. We hope to see you at the workshop at MBARI, 7700 Sandholdt Rd., Moss Landing, CA on Wed. Dec 16, 2015 from 9am to 2 pm.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) Moss Landing, CA 14-16 December, 2015. Directions
Registration is closed.
Limited financial assistance will be available to graduate students who are presenting. Requests for financial aid will be considered in the order that they are received and requests should be made no later than 1 November to the attention of the Conference Coordinator (John Heine).
Call for Papers
Verbal Presentations - A limited number of 15 minute contributed verbal presentations (~16) will be accepted, related to the symposium topic or the biology, physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology, politics or economics of the California Current System, its adjacent waters, and Eastern Boundary Currents. Abstracts of papers for verbal presentations must be received by the Conference Coordinator (John Heine: firstname.lastname@example.org) by 6 November, 2015. These abstracts will be reviewed by a selection committee and authors will be notified of the acceptance of their submission soon thereafter.
Poster presentations - It is not anticipated that poster presentations will be limited in number. In order for poster titles to be included in the conference program, they should be received by the Coordinator by 6 November.
Summary of Important Dates
|1 November||Deadline for financial aid requests|
|6 November||Final Abstract due for both verbal presentations and posters (in English, in electronic format)|
|1 December||Registration fees due|
|14 December||1300-1700 Opening of the Conference - Status of the California Current and its Fisheries, and Contributed Papers|
|15 December||0800 CalCOFI Symposium, and Contributed Papers
1700-1900 Poster session at Moss Landing Marine Labs
0900 El Niño Workshop: CalCOFI and the Center for Ocean Solutions will be co-hosting a science workshop to discuss the 2015 El Nino and the potential impacts this event might have on the California Current, California Fisheries and the wider Pacific Ecosystem. This workshop is intended as a venue to share information, plan for the collection of critical data and discuss implications for marine life management.
1400 Conclusion of CalCOFI Conference
Dress, Climate, and Facilities
In December, the weather can be cool, so appropriate dress should be considered. Dress for conference sessions is casual. For your convenience we have obtained special conference rates from the Hyatt Regency Monterey, The Inns of Monterey, and the Best Western Seacliff Inn. Ask for the CalCOFI Conference rate when you make your reservation.
The nearest airports are Monterey (about 20 miles) or San Jose (about 60 miles). Ground transportation is limited. Parking at MBARI is limited, and it is recommended that you carpool from your hotel.
Hyatt Regency Monterey ( Approx. 18 miles south of Moss Landing )
1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA 93940
(888) 421-1442 or (402) 592-6464
A dedicated website is now available for booking hotel rooms online
Reservations can be made starting 09-Oct-2015 at this web address:
Conference rate $139/nt., single or double occupancy.
Government rates may be lower. Cut-off date is 11/13/15.
Inns of Monterey: Casa Munras Hotel ( Approx. 18 miles south of Moss Landing )
Best Western Seacliff Inn ( Approx. 18 miles north of Moss Landing, towards Santa Cruz )
7500 Old Dominion Ct Aptos, California, 95003-3807
(800) 367-2003 or (831) 688-7300
Mention "CalCOFI Conference" for the conference rate of $110.
Government rates may be lower.
CommunicationsConference related communications should be addressed to:
CalCOFI Conference Coordinator
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
566 Plaza Rd.
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 USA
Telephone: (904) 521-3526
Symposium questions should be addressed to:
Telephone: (707) 875-2035