***CalCOFI Conference: Final Announcement and CALL FOR PAPERS ***
Verbal and poster presentations are welcome related to the biology, physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology, politics or economics of the California Current System, its adjacent waters, and Eastern Boundary Currents.
All information regarding the conference, including housing, registration forms and deadlines, is available at the CalCOFI conference website at:
The Symposium of the Conference: Forage in the California Current Ecosystem
Forage is eaten by predators, including fish, invertebrates, maring mammals and seabirds. It consists of small pelagic fish (e.g., anchovy, sardine, jack mackerel), mesopelagic fish, and pelagic invertebrates (e.g., krill, squid). Fisheries exists for some forage stocks, e.g., small pelagic fish and squid, and may in the future occur fo others, e.g., euphausiids and midwater fish. Forage stocks fluctuate naturally and, when exploited, are affected by fisheries. A challenge of ecosystem-based fishery management is to balance the needs of the ecosystem and the fisheries. This symposium will focus on all aspects of forage in the California Current System. Presentations on forage in other systems are also welcome.
The CalCOFI Symposium will be convened by: Ralf Goericke and David Checkley, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
1. Abstracts for verbal presentations and poster titles are due Nov 10. Sample abstract format is shown below.
2. Please register and pay the registration fee by Nov. 24. The form is available on the conference website. You can use a credit or debit card, PayPal account, or personal check (US only).
3. Please make your hotel reservations early. We hope to see you in December
|Conference-related communications should be addressed to:||Symposium questions should be addressed to:|
|John Heine||Dr. David Checkley|
|CalCOFI Conference Coordinator||CalCOFI Coordinator, Scripps Institution of Oceanography|
|Scripps Institution of Oceanography||Telephone: (858) 534-4228|
|Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 USA|
|Telephone: (904) 521-3526|
Sample Abstract Format: Times New Roman font, size 12, center justify title, authors, and affiliations, full justify text.
The advent of mooring and glider programs in the southern California Current System has made it possible to resolve ‘event-scale’ perturbations in the upper ocean, a significant advance over the coarse temporal and spatial resolution of the past. The detection and resolution of high-frequency phenomena is important because these events are thought to play a disproportionate role in determining nutrient fluxes, organism exposure to acidified waters and hypoxia, larval fish feeding success, and carbon export. We will illustrate examples of both temporal and spatial ‘events’ that have significant ecosystem impacts. Moored observations resolve upwelling event-triggered blooms, causing low pH, undersaturated conditions that first augment, then draw down pCO2. Such observations also permit us to measure nitrate consumption and relate it to phytoplankton abundance and rapid changes of f-ratios. Echotag acoustic sensors on the moorings resolve zooplankton and fish, permitting detection of responses to changes in habitat conditions. Spray glider-based observations have revealed the importance of biophysical frontal systems, which are typically regions of abrupt changes (and often local increases) in phytoplankton Chl-a and zooplankton acoustic backscatter. Glider studies have also uncovered regions of locally elevated mixing that may affect nutrient availability.