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Above: "Virgin Islands Fishes" poster by USGS scientists Ginger Garrison and William Smith-Vaniz (see Virgin Islands Fishes). [larger version]

The 57th annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institutes (GCFI) conference, cosponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), took place in St. Petersburg, FL, the week of November 8-12. Allen Brooks (USGS, Gainesville, FL), Rikki Dunsmore (USGS, Gainesville), and Randy Edwards (College of Marine Science, University of South Florida) attended the conference. Randy's presentation was entitled, "New Paradigms for Yellowfin Tuna Movements and Distributions-Implications for the Gulf and Caribbean Region." Kenneth Sulak (USGS, Gainesville) is a coauthor. Jennifer Oates (USGS, St. Petersburg, FL) staffed a booth and was available to answer questions. Exhibited were Hurricane Ivan images, articles, and USGS Open-File reports in English and Spanish. Poster topics included transcontinental African dust storms, the declining health of Florida corals, the effects of hurricane-induced conversion of mangroves to mudflats on fish and decapod crustacean assemblages in the Big Sable Creek complex of southwestern Florida, community structure and habitat use by fish assemblages in altered wetlands, Isla del Coco fishes, and Virgin Islands fishes.

Besides the USGS, other conference sponsors included the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the Government of Bermuda, the Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense, the Ocean Conservancy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA's National Ocean Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the University of South Florida, the Pier Aquarium, and Sea Grant College Programs of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

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