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Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Reef

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The 16th Annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference was held July 29-31, 2008 at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu. There were over 900 registered participants, 52 volunteers and 42 exhibitors. The theme, Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Reef, ran throughout the conference, particularly in the keynote and plenary presentations by Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Elliott Norse and the public lecture by Dr. Earle and Nainoa Thompson.

July 29-31, 2008
Hawai‘i Convention Center • Honolulu, HI

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  • Recycles paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum
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Conference Speakers

Sylvia Earle

Founder/Science Advisor Deep Ocean Exploration and Research


Elliott Norse

President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute


Peter Vitousek

Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies, Department of Biology, Stanford University


Bryan Harry

Director of the Pacific West Region (retired), National Park Service

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