NOAA and the Department
of the Interior are jointly hosting the first meeting of the
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force next
week in Florida. The Task Force was formed in response to President
Clinton's June 1998 Executive Order to coordinate and address
critical problems in the protection and restoration of coral
reef ecosystems in U.S., commonwealth and territorial waters
and to work in partnership internationally to reduce significant
threats to coral reefs worldwide.
The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force
will meet in Biscayne National Park, Florida on October 19th
and 20th. Media can attend the whole two day session. Due to
the size of the room, all discussions are being broadcast in
a press tent outside the Visitor's Center but access to the room
will be available as space allows. Events include:
Monday, October 19:
9:00 a.m.- 11:15 a.m.: Reef briefing, inspection and snorkel
trip with Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and Commerce Deputy
Secretary Robert Mallett and scientists in Biscayne National
Park. The boat will depart from docks behind the Convoy Point
Visitors Center at Park headquarters, 9700 SW 328th Street in
Homestead (305/230-1144 x 3002).
11:30 a.m.: Media availability with Interior Secretary Babbitt
and Commerce Deputy Secretary Mallett at Park boat dock.
1:00 p.m.: Opening statements at U.S. Coral Reef Task Force given
by Secretary Babbitt and Deputy Secretary Mallett Task Force
will work until approximately 5:00 p.m.
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8:00 a.m. - noon: Task Force meeting
12:00 p.m.: Co-chairman Secretary Babbitt and either Deputy Commerce
Secretary Robert Mallett or Under Secretary and NOAA Administrator
Dr. D. James Baker summarize Task Force decisions and next steps.
12:30 p.m. Media availability with scientists and Task Force
Co-Chairmen in media tent.
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Boat field trip and site visit, and snorkeling
on critical reef habitats in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Interior Secretary Babbitt and Under Secretary Baker will be
aboard. Media wishing to join this boat trip should contact Alyson
Matley (NOAA) at
305/292-0311. The boat will leave from the boat ramp at Homestead
Waterfront Park with shuttle service to be provided from Biscayne
For more information contact John Robinson at (202) 482-6090
or Stephanie Hanna, Department
of the Interior, at (202) 501-4633.
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