All information regarding the conference, including housing, registration forms and deadlines, is available at the CalCOFI conference website at:
CalCOFI began regular surveys in 1951. The goals of the program have shifted to focus on the ecosystem, climate trends and variability rather than small pelagic fisheries, and a wealth of data, analyses and literature has been produced. It is timely, as we approach the 7th decade of the program, to review options for the future. Should CalCOFI continue in its current configuration? Should it remain a shipboard program, or should the balance between ships and other sensors (gliders, AUVs, moorings and satellites) change? How can CalCOFI optimize relevance to increasing frequency of extreme inter-annual variability as climate changes? Is CalCOFI providing the data, metrics and summaries relevant to ecosystem management in a changing environment? Can we provide a coherent vision of CalCOFI leading into the next seven decades that either justifies doing more of the same, and/or provides a path to a revitalized program that will be defensible, sustainable, and relevant in the expected funding framework for long-time series in the United States.
The CalCOFI Symposium will be convened by: Sam McClatchie, NOAA Fisheries, SWFSC