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With generous support from the Moore Family Foundation, an inaugural conference was held May 2001. The goal of the conference was to identify priorities in the study of marine biodiversity and conservation, announce the establishment of the Center, and solicit ideas for its future development. Invited participants and guests hailed from a diversity of disciplines and institutions from the social, physical and biological sciences, national and local academic institutions, national and international governmental institutions, NGO's, and industry.
Several themes emerged for which there was universal agreement.
In conclusion, the participants viewed CMBC as a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the study and conservation of marine biodiversity, by using good, interdisciplinary science as an essential tool to understand and conserve marine biodiversity, and by training the future (first) generation of scientists with broad expertise in marine biodiversity and conservation as well as effective communication skills.
* Convened four major international and interdisciplinary marine conferences
* Created new 4 unit course in policy, law and economics
California Coastal Conservation
CMBC was established at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in May 2001 to meet the challenges of marine conservation.