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A summary of the Guam Coral Reef Ecosystem Model Workshop and discussions, Guam, November 14-20, 2012
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    "The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Regional Office hosted the Guam Coral Reef Ecosystem Model Workshop at the historic Lujan House in Hagåtñ̃a and held additional meetings at various institutes in Guam during November 14-20, 2012. Twenty-six people from 13 organization participated in the workshop and meetings (Appendix I). The workshop and meetings were held to introduce local and federal resource managers to the use of a coral reef ecosystem model as a tool for management strategy evaluations and to develop a broad consensus on the coral reef ecosystem, including human elements, identifying the information available to simulate the system in a model, defining ecosystem services and indicators, and agreeing on goals for management. Resource managers are confronted with a range of challenges in their mission to sustain and restore coral reef services that humans desire. Restrictions of human activities needed to achieve desired ecosystem states and Tecosystem services may potentially have important cultural, economic, and social implications for the residents of Guam. Hence, resource managers and users can benefit from forecasts of the ecological, economic, and social impacts of the current threats to Guam's reefs. The objective of the collaborative project is to create a model for Guam's coral reef ecosystem that can aid management decisions by making these forecasts and enabling the evaluation of ecological and socioeconomic tradeoffs of alternative management strategies"--Introduction (Page 1).

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