Re: World survey on status of coral reef fishes and habitat

Dr. Kenton Miller (kmiller at
Sun, 30 Jun 1996 16:24:25 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Dr. Almada Villela: thank you for this information. As you know, WRI's
Program in Biological Resources and Institutions, has a coastal/marine
program based in Manila, under the direction of Dr. Charles Barber. I would
be pleased if you would contact Dr. Barber directly, and work with him on
this study which is of considerable interest to us. I'm sure your are also
aware of the long standing cooperative program of activities we have enjoyed
with IUCN, especially in fields related to biodiversity. Also, please keep
my email address on your network, to keep us un in the loop. Regards.
Kenton Miller.

At 12:43 PM 6/18/96 -0700, Dr P Almada Villela wrote:
>Forwarded mail received from: CALVIN:DONNAW
> Date: 06/23/1996 09:32 pm (Sunday)
> From: Donna Wise
> To: Jonathan, Walt, Alan, Allen, Kenton, LauraLee, Shirley
> Subject: World survey on status of coral reef fis
>Forwarded mail received from:
>HOBBES:WRI:WRI.SMTP:"palmada at"
>Does this IUCN effort take the "wind from our sails" on our coral
>reefs indicators publication?
> Date: 06/18/1996 03:43 pm (Tuesday)
> From: Dr P Almada Villela <palmada at aq
> To: Fisheries Social Science Network <FISHFOLK at mitvma.
> Subject: World survey on status of coral reef fishes and habitat
>IUCN World Survey on Status of Coral Reef Fishes and Habitat
>Dear fish workers,
>For the last few years, the Coral Reef Fish Specialist Group (CRFSG) of
>the IUCN's Species Survival Commission has been carrying out a major
>review of the world's coral reef fish faunas, and will report its
>findings in a Status Report. This report will establish basic species
>lists including endemics (or species with restricted distribution),
>identify with GIS techniques hotspots for all species and areas under
>threat, and will examine the relationship between the marine aquarium
>industry, the coral reef fishes and their habitat.
>This survey is the component of the CRFSG programme that is assessing
>the conservation status of the coral fish faunas and habitats worldwide
>on a country per country basis. It is a fundamental part of the Status
>Report as it will provide unique baseline data on the status of species
>and habitats around the world. This information, together with other
>components of the Group's results, will ultimately result in its Action
>Plan for Conservation of Coral Reef Fishes. We are hoping that results
>from this project will provide essential guidelines for any future
>conservation, resource management and utilization activities worldwide.
>The CRFSG carries out most of its work on a voluntary basis and thus,
>the development of this project has been slower than expected. However,
>we have recently received a grant from the US Department of State which
>will allow us to finalise the first phase of our project. We are hoping
>to be able to do so by the end of 1996, so that our results may be
>disseminated during 1997, the International Year of the Reef.
>We are approaching you now to request your help with our efforts. Some
>time ago, we send approximately 700+ questionnaires to virtually all
>countries that have coral reefs, and a preliminary analysis of the
>survey is nearing completion. However, we still have many gaps in
>information and we feel that a great deal more could be achieved with
>your help. We would therefore be extremely grateful if you would let us
>know if you are able to assist us with this project. In the interest of
>those colleagues who have to pay higher fees for downloading extended
>messages, I will not send the questionnaire to the entire list but I
>would be happy to send it individually if I am contacted directly. The
>questionnaire is available in English and Spanish, please specify which
>version you would like to receive. Alternatively, if enough of you would
>like to see the questionnaires on the internet, I would be more than
>happy to send it in this way.
>We appreciate all the help that you may be able to give us with this
>important project. Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this
>post, I have sent it to a number of groups in order to get the widest
>coverage possible. Finally, I will be in Panama at the 8th International
>Coral Reef Congress from 23 to 30 June, if any of you attending have
>information I would be very interested in meeting you there.
>Yours sincerely,
>Patricia Almada-Villela
>Coral Reef Fish Specialist Group
>Dr P Almada-Villela Tel: (+44 01954) 260520
>Co-Chair, IUCN SSC Fax: (+44 01954) 202291
>Coral Reef Fish Specialist Group palmada at
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