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<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>INTERNATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION
CONGRESS (20-24 May 2009)<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>CALL FOR PAPERS<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold;
mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>SCOPE:<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></p>

<p class=CM2 style='line-height:13.8pt'><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>The Marine Section of
the Society for Conservation Biology will be hosting its first stand-alone
meeting, the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC), from 20-24 May
2009 at </span></font><st1:place><st1:PlaceName><font size=2 color=black
  face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>George</span></font></st1:PlaceName><font
 size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
 color:black'> </span></font><st1:PlaceName><font size=2 color=black
  face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>Mason</span></font></st1:PlaceName><font
 size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
 color:black'> </span></font><st1:PlaceName><font size=2 color=black
  face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>University</span></font></st1:PlaceName></st1:place><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'> near </span></font><st1:place><st1:City><font size=2 color=black
  face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>Washington</span></font></st1:City><font
 size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
 color:black'> </span></font><st1:State><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span
  style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>D.C.</span></font></st1:State></st1:place><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'> This will be an interdisciplinary meeting that will engage
natural and social scientists, managers, policy-makers, and the public. The
goal of the IMCC is to put conservation science into practice through public
and media outreach and the development concrete products (e.g., policy briefs,
blue ribbon position papers) that will be used to drive policy change and
implementation. This meeting will encompass the 2nd International Marine
Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC1 was held in </span></font><st1:place><st1:City><font
  size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
  color:black'>Geelong</span></font></st1:City><font size=2 color=black
 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>, </span></font><st1:country-region><font
  size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
  color:black'>Australia</span></font></st1:country-region></st1:place><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'> in October 2005).<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>The
IMPAC2 component will consist of an organized cross cutting issue within the
IMCC addressing MPAs though the full range of posters, papers, workshops and
symposia.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=CM2 style='line-height:13.8pt'><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>IMCC encourages authors to submit papers that apply to the
major themes and tracks below, describing original work, including methods,
techniques, applications, tools, issues, reporting research results and/or
indicating future directions.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=CM2 style='line-height:13.8pt'><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=CM2 style='line-height:13.8pt'><u><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>Major themes that will
be addressed include:<o:p></o:p></span></font></u></p>

<p class=CM2 style='margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.25in;line-height:13.8pt;
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style='mso-list:Ignore'>·<font size=1 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>        
</span></font></span></span></font><![endif]><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>Global
Climate Change,<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=CM2 style='margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.25in;line-height:13.8pt;
mso-list:l6 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list .5in'><![if !supportLists]><font size=2
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</span></font></span></span></font><![endif]><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>the
Land-Sea Interface,<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=CM2 style='margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.25in;line-height:13.8pt;
mso-list:l6 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list .5in'><![if !supportLists]><font size=2
color=black face=Symbol><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Symbol;
mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:black'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>·<font size=1 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>        
</span></font></span></span></font><![endif]><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>Ecosystem-based
</span></font><st1:PersonName><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span
 style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>Management</span></font></st1:PersonName><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'>, and<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=CM2 style='margin-left:.5in;text-indent:-.25in;line-height:13.8pt;
mso-list:l6 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list .5in'><![if !supportLists]><font size=2
color=black face=Symbol><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Symbol;
mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:black'><span
style='mso-list:Ignore'>·<font size=1 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>        
</span></font></span></span></font><![endif]><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>Poverty
and Globalization<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Cross-cutting issues encompass topics of global relevance
and importance to marine conservation that relate to the major themes.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><u><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Cross cutting issues include:<o:p></o:p></span></font></u></p>

<ul style='mso-margin-top-alt:0in' type=disc>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-list:l5 level1 lfo5;tab-stops:list .5in'><font
     size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Marine
     Protected Areas<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-list:l5 level1 lfo5;tab-stops:list .5in'><font
     size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Education,
     Outreach and </span></font><st1:place><st1:PlaceName><font size=2
       face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Capacity</span></font></st1:PlaceName><font
      size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> </span></font><st1:PlaceType><font
       size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Building</span></font></st1:PlaceType></st1:place><font
     size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-list:l5 level1 lfo5;tab-stops:list .5in'><font
     size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Governance
     Arrangements<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-list:l5 level1 lfo5;tab-stops:list .5in'><font
     size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Fisheries
     and Aquaculture<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-list:l5 level1 lfo5;tab-stops:list .5in'><font
     size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Economics<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
</ul>

<p class=MsoNormal><u><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p><span style='text-decoration:none'> </span></o:p></span></font></u></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>We anticipate that cross-cut issues will result in proposals
on a variety of sub-topics.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> 
</span>Potential topics include but are not limited to:<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>networks and system development, MPA and
MPA network monitoring and evaluation, high seas impacts, ocean resource use
and planning, international instruments and trans-boundary relations,
human/animal impacts, ecological impacts of ocean acidification, technology,
stakeholder involvement, indigenous issues, improving public ocean knowledge,
incorporating traditional and local knowledge into decision making, and valuing
marine ecosystem services.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=CM2><font size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;color:black'>In an attempt to tackle the most pressing issues
currently facing marine conservation, IMCC will host exciting plenary talks and
solicit creative submissions for interactive symposia and workshops. The
conservation community will be challenged to go beyond the typical communication
of data and propose symposia and/or workshops where talks will be followed by
lively, participatory discussions to address a controversial topic or develop
innovative solutions to a current conservation challenge.<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span></span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Individuals are limited to presenting
only one symposium, workshop, oral, speed, or poster presentation. If your name
appears on more than one abstract, make sure you are listed as the presenter
for only one of them.<font color=black><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></font></span></font></p>

<p class=CM2 style='line-height:13.8pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black;font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></b></p>

<p class=CM2 style='line-height:13.8pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black;font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>SYMPOSIA ORGANIZERS</span></font></b><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'> will be encouraged to invite a select group of speakers and to
devise creative ways to facilitate discussion both within invited group and the
audience.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=CM2><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></b></p>

<p class=CM2><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>WORKSHOPS</span></font></b><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> will be held to bring together
people with diverse expertise with the goal of developing a list of
recommendations, outlining a publication, co-writing a policy briefing or white
paper on a specific topic. Workshops can be held for up to 4 consecutive days.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><strong><b><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
Arial'>ORAL PRESENTATIONS </span></font></b></strong><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>will be limited to </span></font><st1:time
Hour="15" Minute="0"><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
 font-family:Arial'>15 minutes: 12</span></font></st1:time><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> minutes for
presentation<strong><b><font face=Arial><span style='font-family:Arial'> </span></font></b></strong>and
3 minutes for questions<strong><b><font face=Arial><span style='font-family:
Arial'>.  </span></font></b></strong>Contributed oral presentations will
be grouped by theme and topic. Please choose from the list of themes and
general topic areas below.  This will assist us in selecting an
appropriate session for your presentation.  If your abstract is accepted
but cannot be accommodated as an oral presentation, we may offer you the
opportunity to present a poster.  <b><u><span style='font-weight:bold'><br>
<br>
</span></u><strong><b><font face=Arial><span style='font-family:Arial'>POSTER
PRESENTATIONS</span></font></b></strong></b><br>
Poster presenters will receive general instructions on poster format in the
email notification of acceptance. Posters will be displayed prominently and for
the entire meeting; special sessions dedicated to posters will allow in-depth
discussion between authors and attendees.<br>
<b><u><span style='font-weight:bold'><br>
</span></u><strong><b><font face=Arial><span style='font-family:Arial'>SPEED
PRESENTATIONS</span></font></b></strong></b><br>
If your paper topic would be of interest to a wide range of people and you
would like your presentation to lead to an extended conversation with
colleagues who are specifically interested in your work, you may wish to submit
an abstract for a speed presentation. In the first hour of a speed presentation
session, 15 speakers will be given four (4) minutes each to present their key ideas
and results. In the second hour, presenters will station themselves at separate
tables where they can interact with people who are interested in learning more
about their work.<br style='mso-special-character:line-break'>
<![if !supportLineBreakNewLine]><br style='mso-special-character:line-break'>
<![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>PLENARY SPEAKERS<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Dr. Daniel
Pauly, Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Dr. Rod Fujita, Dorothy Childers and Alexandra
Cousteau.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none'><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Dr. Callum
Roberts will be giving the Dr. Ransom A. Myers Memorial Lecture at the evening
banquet on May 24th.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold;
mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURES</span></font></b><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Please go to <a href="http://www.conbio.org/IMCC">www.conbio.org/IMCC</a><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold;
mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>IMPORTANT DATES</span></font></b><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<h4><b><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>1st
Call for symposia and workshops:<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></h4>

<p><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>1
April - </span></font><st1:date Month="6" Day="1" Year="2008"><font size=2
 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>1 June 2008</span></font></st1:date><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>, decisions
by </span></font><st1:date Month="7" Day="15" Year="2008"><font size=2
 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>15 July 2008</span></font></st1:date><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<h4><b><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>2nd
Call for 1500 word submissions:<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></h4>

<p><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>1
August - </span></font><st1:date Month="9" Day="15" Year="2008"><font size=2
 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>15 September 2008</span></font></st1:date><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>, decisions
by </span></font><st1:date Month="10" Day="30" Year="2008"><font size=2
 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>30 October 2008</span></font></st1:date><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<h4><b><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>1st
Call for oral presentations, speed presentations, and posters:<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></h4>

<p><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>1
September - </span></font><st1:date Month="10" Day="15" Year="2008"><font
 size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>15 October
 2008</span></font></st1:date><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>, decisions by </span></font><st1:date Month="11"
Day="30" Year="2008"><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
 font-family:Arial'>30 November 2008</span></font></st1:date><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<h4><b><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>2nd
Call for 1500 word submissions:<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></h4>

<p><st1:date Month="12" Day="1" Year="2008"><font size=2 face=Arial><span
 style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>1 December 2008</span></font></st1:date><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> - </span></font><st1:date
Month="1" Day="15" Year="2009"><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:
 10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>15 January 2009</span></font></st1:date><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>, decisions
by </span></font><st1:date Month="2" Day="1" Year="2009"><font size=2
 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>1 February 2009</span></font></st1:date><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<h4><b><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Early
bird registration:<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></h4>

<p><st1:date Month="11" Day="15" Year="2008"><font size=2 face=Arial><span
 style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>15 November 2008</span></font></st1:date><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> – </span></font><st1:date
Month="2" Day="15" Year="2009"><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:
 10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>15 February 2009</span></font></st1:date><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>CRITERIA FOR SELECTION<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></p>

<p><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>We
encourage proposals from individuals or groups involved in cutting edge
conservation science or practice who can demonstrate an alignment with the
goals of the Society for Conservation Biology and the SCB Marine Section, which
are:<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<ul type=disc>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
     mso-list:l1 level1 lfo8;tab-stops:list .5in'><strong><b><font size=2
     face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Conservation
     Science:</span></font></b></strong><font size=2 face=Arial><span
     style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> The scientific research and
     knowledge needed to understand and conserve biological diversity is
     identified, funded, completed, disseminated and applied to research,
     management and policy.<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
     mso-list:l1 level1 lfo8;tab-stops:list .5in'><strong><b><font size=2
     face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Conservation </span></font></b></strong><st1:PersonName><strong><b><font
      size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Management</span></font></b></strong></st1:PersonName><strong><b><font
     size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>:</span></font></b></strong><font
     size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>
     Conservation practitioners and managers are provided the scientific
     information and recommendations needed to conserve biological diversity at
     all scales.<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
     mso-list:l1 level1 lfo8;tab-stops:list .5in'><strong><b><font size=2
     face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Policy:</span></font></b></strong><font
     size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'> Policy
     decisions of major international conventions, governments, organizations,
     and foundations, are effectively informed and improved by the highest
     quality scientific counsel, analysis, and recommendations so as to advance
     the conservation of biological diversity.<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
     mso-list:l1 level1 lfo8;tab-stops:list .5in'><strong><b><font size=2
     face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Education:</span></font></b></strong><font
     size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>
     Education, training, and capacity building programs are identified,
     strengthened, and developed to inform the public, education leaders, and
     support current and future generations of conservation scientists and
     practitioners.<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
</ul>

<p><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Individuals
may submit more than one proposal; however, no individual may give more than one
presentation in the following categories: symposium, workshop, oral
presentation, speed presentation, or poster.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Reviewers
have access to the entire abstract except the names of the presenters. To
increase the probability that your abstract will be accepted, and in your
preferred format, please consider the following criteria carefully:<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<ol start=1 type=1>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
     mso-list:l3 level1 lfo11;tab-stops:list .5in'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
     style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>scientific merit<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
     mso-list:l3 level1 lfo11;tab-stops:list .5in'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
     style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>application to marine
     conservation/management<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
     mso-list:l3 level1 lfo11;tab-stops:list .5in'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
     style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>relevance to chosen
     theme/cross-cutting issue(s)<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
     mso-list:l3 level1 lfo11;tab-stops:list .5in'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
     style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>relevance to IMCC theme
     (“From science to management and policy”)<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
 <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;
     mso-list:l3 level1 lfo11;tab-stops:list .5in'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
     style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>clarity of presentation (e.g.
     abstract begins with a clear statement of an issue and ends with a
     substantive conclusion)<u><br>
     <br>
     </u>Please note:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>We do require
     that all presenters register for the IMCC by the end of early bird
     registration: </span></font><st1:date Month="2" Day="15" Year="2009"><font
      size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>15
      February 2009</span></font></st1:date><font size=2 face=Arial><span
     style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>.<o:p></o:p></span></font></li>
</ol>

<p><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>TRAVEL GRANTS<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></p>

<p><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>To
encourage international and student participation, we will offer the
opportunity to apply for grants to offset travel and other expenses.<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>Please monitor the website for further
information.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><strong><b><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
Arial'>MENTORING PROGRAM</span></font><o:p></o:p></b></strong></p>

<p><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>To encourage
participation of members whose first language is not English, we will offer a
mentoring service for participants who wish to submit abstracts for oral, speed
or poster presentations.<br>
If you want to take advantage of this mentoring program, simply submit an
abstract according to the standard guidelines; indicate that English is not
your first language, and that you would like your abstract to be mentored.<br>
Instructions will be sent to your email address after you submit your abstract
online. <br>
A mentor will contact you and provide guidance on grammar and clarity of
writing. The mentor also will ensure that the abstract meets the technical
criteria for submission. Note that it is NOT the role of the mentor to provide
scientific guidance, or to write the abstract.</span></font><o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>FOR FURTHER INFORMATION<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Please email <a href="mailto:IMCCprogram@conbio.org">IMCCprogram@conbio.org</a><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>Sincerely,<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>Sarah Wilson<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>IMCC Communciations Committee<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt;mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt;mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>Sarah Wilson<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>                                                            
</span></span></font><span style='mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>Ocean Institute<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'>                                              
</span></span></font><span style='mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>Manager, Cooperation in Research and
Education</span></font><span style='mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>(949) 496-2274 ext. 337</span></font><span
style='mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'><a href="http://www.ocean-institute.org/">www.ocean-institute.org</a></span></font><span
style='mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt;mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>and<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>Web Coordinator<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>Thank You Ocean Campaign<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'>sarahw-thankyouocean@hotmail.com<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'><a href="www.thankyouocean.org">www.thankyouocean.org</a><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=5 color=green face=Webdings><span
style='font-size:18.0pt;font-family:Webdings;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
color:green;mso-no-proof:yes'>P</span></font><font color=navy><span
style='color:navy;mso-no-proof:yes'> </span></font><font size=2 color=green
face=Verdana><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;mso-bidi-font-family:
Arial;color:green;mso-no-proof:yes'>Please consider the environment before
printing this e-mail</span></font><font color=navy><span style='color:navy;
mso-no-proof:yes'> </span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt;mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>

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