FLORIDA MARINE MAMMAL
H
EALTH CONFERENCE III

April 22 – 25, 2008

Visit the site for the upcoming 2012 Florida Marine Mammal Health Conference IV

UF College of Veterinary Medicine Logo

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience l Marineland, Florida
St. Augustine Beach, Florida

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Conference Objective

The purpose of this conference is to address issues bearing on the health and well being of the four principal species of wild marine mammals found in Florida waters: manatees, bottlenose dolphins, pygmy sperm whales and Northern right whales, as well as captive marine mammals at theme parks, aquariums, and zoos. This conference will provide a forum for people working on issues affecting these and other marine mammal species, and provide an opportunity to review their current health status, discuss future directions of investigation, and determine actions likely to produce benefits to their health and survival.

The last FMMHC was held in April 2005, and was attended by more than 200 veterinarians, veterinary students, graduate students, veterinary technicians, academic scientists, field biologists, and wildlife managers and we invite you to join us in 2008 as we investigate ways to reduce state and federal resources spent on marine mammal health issues by developing better preventative practices.

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Conference Purpose

The conference is designed to bring together scientists, veterinarians, managers, policy makers, planners and partners who are actively involved in and/or affected by all aspects of marine mammal health and welfare. Participants will interact in an interdisciplinary setting to summarize and review state-of-the-art science, healthcare, and management activities, and to formulate goals and strategies for improvements. Attendees will have ample opportunities to share information regarding issues that affect marine mammals during topical discussion periods, poster sessions and networking functions.

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Who Will Attend?

 

• Veterinarians

• Veterinary Students and Technicians

• Marine Biologists

• Aquarists & Aquarium Keepers

• Zoo Managers and Zoo Veterinarians

• Animal Curators

• Conservation Biologists and Zoologists

• Academic Faculty and Researchers

• Graduate Students

• Policy makers

• Wildlife Managers

• Government Agency Representatives

• Boating Management Specialists

• Population Managers

• Species Survival Managers

• Marine Mammal Stranding Volunteers and Coordinators

• Marine Industry Consultants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CEUs for Veterinarians

If you are a licensed veterinarian or if you maintain a professional license issued by a society, an association, an occupational licensing board or a department of professional regulation within your state, you may be eligible to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for your participation in this conference. Be sure to contact the appropriate authority who manages your professional certification to verify this conference program meets your state's licensing requirements, and to confirm what documentation is required to earn CEUs.

A Record of Attendance Log will be maintained at the conference where you can sign in and sign out each day and create a record verifying your daily attendance. Within 30 days upon conclusion of the conference, we will mail you a formal "Certificate of Attendance" indicating the actual number of contact hours you accrued based on your participation hours recorded in the attendance log. It is your responsibility to compile all necessary paperwork and provide it to the appropriate licensing board or professional organization with whom you are certified, and to confirm this program content is acceptable based on their individual standards.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Veterinary doctor’s credit hours will be based on one hour credit for each “contact” hour (no less than 50 minutes) of attendance. The preliminary agenda for this conference entails 9.5 contact hours.

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Graduate Students Awards

Two prizes of $1000 each will be awarded at the conference. The Reep-Bonde Prize will be awarded to the graduate student presenting research that furthers our knowledge of fundamental manatee biology. The Bonde-Reep Prize will be awarded to a student whose research contributes to manatee health or conservation. These awards are made possible compliments of proceeds from the sale of The Florida Manatee Biology and Conservation, a book co-authored by Roger Reep and Bob Bonde.

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Call for Abstracts
 

Abstract Submission is now Closed.


The program will consist of invited speakers, as well as oral and poster presentations selected from abstract submissions.  You are invited to submit abstracts on all topics relevant to marine mammal health and your results and experiences.

Programmatic Topics:

• Virology

• Pathology

• Parasitology

• Histology

• Toxicology

• Genetics

• Emerging Diseases

• Environmental Hazards

• Veterinary Medicine

• Care and Management

• Marine Mammal Transport

• Marine Mammal Stranding

• Biotoxins

• Right Whales

• Power plants and manatees

All abstracts, both oral and poster, will be published in the conference book of abstracts. As with oral presentations, posters provide a valuable opportunity for scientific interaction and discussion of issues affecting marine mammal health. Abstracts are due no later than February 1, 2008 and must be submitted electronically via the online submission form. Detailed instructions are provided below. Please be sure to follow them carefully to ensure your submission is received and recorded.

 

Abstract Submission is now Closed.

 

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Sponsor Recognition & Opportunities


The University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine and the Whitney Laboratory of Marine Bioscience are organizing the Florida Marine Mammal Health Conference as a collaborative effort - and we invite you to join us.

Marine mammals are a vital part of our global environment, and your attendance and sponsorship of the Florida Marine Mammal Health Conference will identify you as a leader in promoting the health and welfare of these magnificent animals. The conference will also provide you with a valuable opportunity to exchange vital information with top experts from around the world about the care and management of marine mammals, marine mammal transport, marine mammal strandings, emerging diseases, environmental hazards and numerous issues affecting their health and safety and survival of the species.

Demonstrate your organization’s ongoing commitment to promote the well-being of marine mammals and join us in the effort. As a participating sponsor of this conference, you will. . .

  1. Learn about the latest advances in marine mammal health issues.

  2. Learn about new technical approaches to marine mammal biology.

  3. Network with colleagues from around the world and share your knowledge, experiences and information.

  4. Establish connections and form collaborations with other companies as well as educational, scientific and governmental institutions represented by conference attendees.

  5. Be involved in discussions to set priorities promoting the health and welfare of marine mammals around the world.

  6. Meet potential clients and forge new business relationships with specialists in marine mammal health care.

  7. Increase brand recognition, generate exposure and enhance awareness of your company’s product on an international level.

  8. Reinforce your organization’s visibility in the marine mammal health care arena as a featured sponsor on the conference web site with a link to your organization’s home page.

Education is the greatest tool available to protect marine mammals and their ocean homes from future damage, and to engage the next generation of global citizens. Communicate your organization’s interests in these worthwhile objectives by supporting this conference and advances in marine mammal health.

Click here

to print information on how to become one of the
diverse institutions sponsoring this endeavor.

Questions about becoming a sponsor? Contact Beth Miller-Tipton at: bmt@ufl.edu

A Special Thank You to the Following Organizations for Supporting our Efforts
to Improve Marine Mammal Health Care:

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Program Agenda (As of 4-10-08)   [Printable Program Agenda]

Available speaker presentations may be viewed from the Program Agenda

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

4:00pm-7:00pm

Conference Registration at Holiday Inn St. Augustine and Poolside Networking Social

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

7:00am

Morning Refreshments at Holiday Inn

8:00am-8:15am

Arrive at Whitney Laboratory and Assemble in Auditorium

Marine Mammal Genetics – Peter McGuire

8:15am-8:30am

Roger Reep – Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30am-9:00am

Robert Bonde – US Geological Survey Sirenia Project and University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Population Genetics of the Florida Manatee                  

9:00am-9:30am

Margaret Kellogg – University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Population Genetics of the West Indian Manatee

9:30am-10:00am

Janet M. Lanyon – School of Integrative Biology, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Mark-recapture Modeling of a Wild Dugong Population  

10:00am-10:30am

Howard C. Rosenbaum – Wildlife Conservation Society

Illuminating Species Differences, Population Structure, and Migration Patterns among Large Whales: Insights and Lessons Learned

10:30am-11:00am

Coffee Break

General Session I

11:00am-11:20am

Michelle Davis – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

This Won’t Hurt a Bit: New Molecular Tools for Population Assessment of the Florida Manatee  

11:20am-11:40am

Erin Pulster – Mote Marine Laboratory

Concentrations of Persistent Organic Pollutants in an Endangered Species, the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus Manatus), Sampled in Southeastern Mexico                                                     

11:40am-12:00pm

Carla Phillips – University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Brevetoxin-Induced DNA Damage in Neoplastic Human Respiratory Epithelial Cells

12:00pm-12:20pm

Larry Dunn – Mystic Aquarium

Marine Mammal Associated Brucella Exposure Celisa Serosurveys

12:30pm-1:30pm

Group Lunch

1:30pm-3:30pm

Poster Session I

Algal Biotoxins – Hendrik Nollens

3:30pm-4:00pm

Fran Van Dolah – NOAA

Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms on Marine Mammals 

4:00pm-4:30pm

Damon Gannon – Mote Marine Laboratory

Effects of Karenia brevis Harmful Algal Blooms on Bottlenose Dolphins and Their Prey                                  

4:30pm-5:00pm

Felicia Nutter – The Marine Mammal Center

Changing Epidemiology and Symptomatology of Domoic Acid Toxicosis in California Sea Lions                        

5:00pm-5:30pm

Spencer E. Fire Marine Biotoxins Program, Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research at Charleston, NOAA/National Ocean Service, Charleston, SC

Domoic Acid in Cetaceans on the East Coast and its Possible Associations with Strandings  

6:00pm-8:30pm

Networking Social at Marineland

 

Thursday, April 24, 2008

7:00am

Morning Refreshments at Holiday Inn

8:00am-8:15am

Arrive at Whitney Laboratory and Assemble in Auditorium

General Session II

8:30am-9:00am

Chip Deutsch – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Fine-scale Winter Movements and Attendance Patterns of Florida Manatees at Power Plants in Tampa Bay                 

9:00am-9:30am

Gordon Bauer – New College of Florida

Sensory Processes and Cognition in the Florida Manatee, Trichechus Manatus Latirostris                                                           

9:30am-10:00am

Edmund Gerstein – Florida Atlantic University

Of Manatees and Men, Masking, Boats and Alarms     

10:00am-10:30am

Coffee Break

Power Plants and Manatees – Pat Rose

10:30am-10:55am

John E. ReynoldsMote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL

Manatee Use at FPL Power Plants

10:55am-11:20am

David W. Laist – Marine Mammal Commission

Effects of Power Plant Shut-Downs on Florida Manatees and Possible Mitigation Measures  

11:20am-11:45am

Ron Mezich – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Manatee Warm-Water Habitat - Back to the Future               

11:45am-12:10pm

Graham A. J. Worthy – University of Central Florida and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

Manatees and Cold: Why Isn’t Florida Warm Enough?  

12:10pm-12:30pm

Patrick M. Rose, Executive Director – Save the Manatee Club

Florida Manatees: An Overview of their Status and Future Risks

12:30pm-1:30pm

Group Luncheon

1:30pm-3:30pm

Poster Session II

Right Whales – Scott Kraus

3:30pm-4:00pm

William McLellan – Biology and Marine Biology, UNC Wilmington

Northern Right Whale Necropsy Response: Size Certainly Matters

4:00pm-4:30pm

Rosalind M. Rolland – New England Aquarium

Integrated Health Assessment of North Atlantic Right Whales Using Fecal Samples                                                    

4:30pm-5:00pm

Leslie Ward – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Overview of Risk of Vessel Strikes to North Atlantic Right Whales in the Southeastern U.S.: Assessment of North Atlantic Right Whale Habitat and Characterization of Vessel Traffic                            

5:00pm-5:30pm

Scott D. Kraus – New England Aquarium

The Urban Life of the North Atlantic Right Whale: The Cumulative Effects of Traffic, Noise, Pollution, and Disease in the Coastal Zone of North America

6:30pm-10:00pm

Poolside Cookout at Holiday Inn St. Augustine Beach

 

Musical entertainment by: 
                  Linser and Lowe of Paradox

 

Friday, April 25, 2008

7:00am-7:45am

Morning Refreshments at Holiday Inn

8:00am-8:15am

Arrive at Whitney Laboratory and Assemble in Auditorium

Health Assessments – Mike Walsh

8:30am-9:00am

Janet Whaley – National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program

An Overview of Marine Mammal Health Assessment Programs

9:00am-9:30am

Hendrik Nollens – University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Novel and Traditional Diagnostic Techniques in Aquatic Animal Health Assessment

9:30am-10:00am

Greg Bossart – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, FAU

The Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) as a Sentinel for Environmental and Human Health, Veterinary Assessment Findings from the Indian River Lagoon, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina  

10:00am-10:30am

Jamison Smith – Large Whale Disentanglement Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries

At Sea Assessment of Large Whale Species for Determination and Classification of Human Induced Trauma and Potential for Human and Medical Intervention

10:30am-11:00am

Coffee Break

General Session III

11:00am-11:20am

Juli Goldstein – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, FAU

Ongoing Investigations of the Etiopathogenesis of Kogia Spp. Cardiomyopathy

11:20am-11:40am

Katie Tripp – University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine

Assessment of Manatee Corpora Lutea Function via Steroidogenic Acute Regulatory Protein (Star) Immunohistochemistry, Morphometry, and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

11:40am-12:00pm

Ann Weaver – Argosy University

Physical Anomalies in John's Pass Bottlenose Dolphins

12:00pm-12:20pm

Eric Montie – University of South Florida

Magnetic Resonance Imaging: New Approaches to Study Marine Mammal Health  

12:20pm

Roger Reep – Closing Remarks

12:30pm

Conference Concludes

 

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Poster Directory  [Printable Poster Directory]

 

POSTER SESSION ONE - Wednesday, April 23, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Crassicauda sp. Infection in Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps), on Ceará state, NE of Brazil − Bianca Altieri, Centro de Especialidades Veterinárias, Ceara, Brazil

Strandings Records of Cetaceans (Order Cetacea) in Coast Alagoas, Pernambuco and Paraiba States - Brazil in the Period from 2003 to 2007 − Fernanda Attademo, Fundação Mamíferos Aquáticos, Pernambuco, Brazil

Boat-based Anthropogenic Impacts on Dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida − Sarah Bechdel, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, United States

Selenium and Mercury Concentrations in Liver of Stranded Pygmy Sperm Whales (Kogia breviceps) Affected by Cardiomyopathy − Colleen Bryan, NIST, United States

Comparisons of Fecal Cortisol Levels in Wild and Captive West Indian Manatees (Trichechus manatus): Who's More Stressed?  − Kyle Donnelly, University of Florida,College of Veterinary Medicine, United States

Hematological, Biochemical and Immunological Findings in Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) with Orogenital Papillomas − Juli Goldstein, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Inst., United States

Use of Photo-analysis of Dolphin Mother-Calf Pairs to Determine Reproductive Rates in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. − Elisabeth Howells, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, United States

Environmental Correlates with Kogia Strandings from the Southeastern United States − Edward Keith, Nova Southeastern University, United States

Home Ranges of Bottlenose Dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida: Environmental Correlates and Implications for the Interpretation of Health Status − Marilyn Mazzoil, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, United States

Photo-identification for Estimation of Prevalence, Spatial Distribution and Temporal Trends of Lobomycosis in Bottlenose Dolphins from the Indian River Lagoon, Florida − Elizabeth Murdoch, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, United States

Viral Metagenomics Reveals a Novel Anellovirus from a Mortality Event of Three Captive Sea Lions − Terry Fei Fan Ng, University of South Florida, United States

Circulating Retinol and Alpha-Tocopherol Levels Based on Artificial Formula Consumed in Rescued Neonatal Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina)Noel Takeuchi, University of Florida, United States

POSTER SESSION TWO - Thursday, April 24, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Ingestion of Plastic Debris by Marine Manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) Reintroduced on the Coast of Paraíba / Brazil: Case Report − Fernanda Attademo, Fundação Mamíferos Aquáticos, Pernambuco, Brazil

Manatees and Barges − Edmund Gerstein, Leviathan Legacy Inc., United States

Ship Strike Acoustics: In the Shadow of Death − Edmund Gerstein, Leviathan Legacy Inc., United States

Manatee Zones of Masking from Dredging Noise − Edmund Gerstein, Leviathan Legacy Inc., United States

CT and MRI Techniques for Analysis of Trauma and Disease in Marine Mammals − Darlene R. Ketten, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst., United States

Lower Annual Survival Rates Confirmed for Adult Manatees in Northwest Florida during a Red Tide Event − Catherine Langtimm, US Geological Survey, United States

Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) Development: Embryological and Fetal Anatomy and Staging − Iske Larkin, University of Florida, United States

The Effects of the Visiting Public on the Swimming Behavior of Captive Florida Manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) − Michelle Latham, Midwest Florida Manatee Research Project, United States

Teodolite Observations of the Gray Whale in the Region of the Construction Gas and Oil Extraction of Platform − Natalia Kryukova, Kamchatka Branch of Pacific Institute of Geograph, Russia

Morphological Description of Conjunctiva-Associated Lymphoid Tissue (CALT) in the Florida Manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostrisJennifer McGee, University of Florida, United States

Immunosuppression Cascade in the Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris)Katherine Moore, Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, United States

Genetic Studies of the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Mexico − Coralie Nourisson, ECOSUR, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Meeting Location Information

Aerial view of Whitney LabThe Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
PHONE: 904-461-4000 l FAX: 904-461-4052
Peter A. V. Anderson, Director

The FMMHC will be held at the Center for Marine Science (CMS) located at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience located in Marineland, FL, just south of St. Augustine. The eight-acre campus is situated on a narrow barrier island, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, both of which are just a few hundred feet away.

The 17,000 square foot, two-story building houses the rapidly growing educational/outreach programs and enables the Lab to offer courses and workshops for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students. For more information on the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, visit their web site at: www.whitney.ufl.edu/

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Registration Information

REGISTRATION FEE SCHEDULE All figures are in US dollars ($).

FEES:

EARLY
If register by Feb. 22, 2008

REGULAR
If register by Mar. 14, 2008

LATE/ONSITE
If register after Mar. 14, 2008

Conference Attendee $295 $345 $395
Student Attendee* $125 $175 $195
Guest (ages 12 & above) $95 $125 $125
*Photocopy of valid student ID required. The student fee does not apply to post-docs.
The Guest Fee is not for use by co-workers.

Fee payments must accompany all registrations by the deadline to qualify for the applicable discount.

What Does the Registration Fee Include?

Meeting & Student Attendees: The registration fee provides full participation in the conference including registration materials and an abstract book. The fee also includes a Welcome Social on Tuesday evening, a Networking Social at Marineland on Wednesday and a poolside cookout on Thursday evening. A group lunch will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday, and morning, mid-day and afternoon refreshment breaks will be provided each day. 

Guest Fee: The Marine Mammal guest fee allows guests 12 years of age and older to attend all three evening events.

Refund Policy: All refund requests must be received in writing by April 1, 2008. A processing fee of $125.00 will be deducted from all meeting participant refunds and $25.00 from all guest and student refunds.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 21 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by FAX at 1-352-392-9734, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within the State of Florida.
 

We are delighted you wish to register for this event.
Advanced registration is closed, however, we will be happy to register you onsite and look forward to your participation.

THANK YOU!

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Host Hotel Information

 

Holiday Inn St. Augustine Beach
860 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 USA
HOTEL FRONT DESK: 1-904-471-2555 l HOTEL FAX: 1-904-461-8450

Participants of the 2008 FMMHC will stay at the beautiful oceanfront Holiday Inn in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Despite the fact it is winter and peak season in Florida, the Holiday Inn is offering us a very special reduced rate for standard guest rooms of $121.00 a night. This rate is a net, non-commissionable rate, and applies to 1 - 4 persons per room, per night and is subject to St. Johns County sales tax and Tourism Development Tax. (Currently combined to equal 9%). Based on availability, rollaway beds are $10.00 + tax per night, cribs are free.

Group discounts apply to partial view rooms only. Oceanfront rooms cannot be blocked and are based solely on availability at $169.00 per night + tax. In order for a guest to have their phone turned on, and the ability to charge incidentals to their room, a credit card guarantee is required at check-in.

RESERVATION PROCEDURES

Individual reservations may be made by calling 1-800-626-7263 and identifying oneself as being with the Florida Marine Mammal Health Conference [Group Code MMC]. Reservations can also be made online connecting to www.holidayinn.com/staugustine. On the left hand side of the screen, enter the arrival and departure dates and Group Code MMC. Reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card by March 7th, 2008, six weeks prior to arrival.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The deadline to make your hotel reservation and still receive the discounted group rate HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO Friday, March 14, 2008. After this date, guestrooms may no longer be available and the discounted group rate may no longer apply. Our welcome reception on Tuesday and the poolside cookout on Thursday will be held at the Holiday Inn, so we hope you plan to stay there and enjoy the evening activities without the hassle of commuting to another property.

- CHECK-IN TIME: 4:00PM

- CHECK-OUT TIME: 11:00AM
 
(Please be advised that due to the high volume of turnover during the peak season, the hotel will hold strongly to
   the 11:00AM check – out time.)
 

Share-a-room Information
This service is to assist individuals in locating others interested in sharing accommodations for the conference. It is the individual's responsibility to make contact with other interested parties. Once a roommate has been located, you may request removal of your email contact.
CLICK HERE to view those wishing to share a hotel room.
Click here to submit your information for posting on the share a hotel room page (Email submissions will be posted within 5 working days).
  • This service will require that your name, gender, email address, affiliation, originating country and smoking preference be posted on a web page accessible to the public.
     
  • After locating a roommate, be sure to reserve your hotel room specifying two double beds as soon as possible. Double rooms tend to fill first and may not be available if you wait.

Click here to have your contact information removed from the list of those wishing to share a hotel room.
If you are sharing a guest room with another participant, be sure to communicate the following information when making your hotel reservation.
  1. The full names of all sharing the guest room. If a person is not listed on the room, they will not be allowed to check into the guest room upon arrival.

  2. How the deposit is to be paid and by whom. If the deposit is to be paid by more than one person, then the full information and payment arrangements need to be included in the communication. (NOTE: A deposit is required by the hotel in order to reserve a guest room.)

  3. How the remaining room charges are to be paid. The hotel will need method of payment for each person responsible for the charges. This information will be reiterated at check-in.

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Area Information

St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's most charming. Known as the "Ancient City," St. Augustine is located between North East and Central East Florida and is convenient to Jacksonville, Orlando, and Daytona airports. North Florida boasts a year-round mild climate perfect for strolling Saint Augustine's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes, bars, unique shops and bed-and-breakfast inns. Experience the beauty of an early morning that slowly comes alive with locals and tourists setting out on foot to explore significant landmarks.

History buffs will enjoy the many museums in the area. The Lightner Museum is among the most unique, featuring an intriguing array of items, from shrunken heads and mummies to stunning collections of stained glass and crystal. If you love to golf or play tennis, then this is the place for you! There are many golf courses and tennis resorts located in the area. Ponte Vedra, home of The Players Association (PGA) and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), is a 20 minute drive from the Down Town historic district.

The many marinas dotted around the area make boating access ultra convenient by sea, river or Intracoastal Waterway. Fishing, diving, surfing, parasailing and other water sports are abundantly accommodated. The town also boasts 43 pristine miles of beaches. There's the right type of beach for everyone: some permit vehicles and dogs while others allow only pedestrians. Some of the area beaches produce abundant shelling opportunities, while others are covered only in luxurious fine, golden sand. From single vantage points in town, you can experience both the joy of the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean horizon and the peacefulness of the sun setting beyond the salt marsh along the Intracoastal Waterway.

For information about St. Augustine and/or to have information mailed to you, please call their Chamber of Commerce at (904) 829-5681 or visit www.staugustinechamber.com.

The Holiday Inn is just six miles from Downtown Historic St. Augustine. You will also find numerous nearby attractions, including the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Castillo de San Marcos, the Alligator Farm, Marineland, Anastasia State Park, the World Golf Hall of Fame & IMAX Theater, St. Augustine Outlet Malls, Ghostly Walking Tours in St. Augustine, Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum and the Lightner Museum. If you're a racing fan, the Daytona International Speedway is just 42 miles to the south on US-1.
 

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Travel & Airport Transportation Information

The two closest international airports to St. Augustine are the Daytona Beach International Airport in Daytona Beach (approximately 40 miles and 54 minutes from the Holiday Inn), and the Jacksonville International Airport (approximately 74.5 miles and 80 minutes from the Holiday Inn). 

AIRPORT LINKS

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)


DAYTONA BEACH AIRPORT TAXI & SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION

Shuttles:

• Daytona Shuttle (386) 255-2294

• Kings Transportation Shuttle (386) 238-1111 or (386) 255-5555

 

Taxis:

• American Taxi (386) 253-0303

• Beach Taxi (386) 258-8294

• Southern Comfort (386) 252-2222

• Yellow Cab* (386) 255-5555 [Advance reservation recommended] Contact: Jim (386) 451-9226
    * The only taxi company that accepts credit cards in Daytona Beach

 

JACKSONVILLE AIRPORT TAXI & SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION

• Bob's Limo provides airport transportation to and from the Jacksonville
  International Airport. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
  Call 1-800-849-4262.

   The cost for 1-3 people is $85 plus 20% tip (one way). If you arrive
   before 6am or after 9pm, the cost increases by $10. Additional people
   are $10 per person. Groups can be combined coming from the airport
   if they are on the same flight. They typically do not combine people
   from different flights in case of delays; however, you may want to
   inquire about the possibility if you have a friend or colleague flying in
   on the same date and time as yourself.

   For more information, visit their web site at: www.bobslimotravel.com

• Gator City Taxi Company is another company that is always at the airport and its cabs available on an as
   needed basis. Or, you can call them at 904-249-6289 to get the rates in advance.

 

CAR RENTAL INFORMATION

Avis is offering a special rate to attendees of the Marine Mammal Health Conference, click the logo to the left to make your reservations online or for more information about making a reservation by telephone.

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Conference Organizers

Roger Reep
Conference Chair
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine
EMAIL: reep@mbi.ufl.edu
Maggie Stoll
Conference Coordinator
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine
EMAIL: stollm@vetmed.ufl.edu
Beth Miller-Tipton
Conference Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
 
EMAIL: bmt@ufl.edu


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Conference Program Committee

Roger Reep, Conference Chair
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine

Scott Kraus
New England Aquarium

Peter McGuire
University of Florida
College of Medicine

Hendrik Nollens
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine

Pat Rose
Save the Manatee Club

Michael Walsh
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine

Click on committee members name to view biography


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For Further Information

Meeting Information

Beth Miller-Tipton, Conference Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
PHONE: 352-392-5930
FAX: 352-392-9734
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