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1) GIBS is closely coordinating its marine conservation activities with Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI). MCBI website is www.mcbi.org

2) GIBS president visited with the Fisheries Center at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in October 2004 and is impressed by their work on models and status of world fisheries with emphasis om Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of all nations. Fisheries Center website provides a wealth of information on fisheries statistics. Visit:www.fisheries.ubc.ca/

3) GIBS president visited on Nov.8, 2004 the newly established PEW Institute for Oceans Science (PIOS) at the Rosenthiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) in Miami. PIOS is doing an extraordinary service in supporting all Conservation efforts t save the seas from human exploitations.PIOS website is: www.pewoceanscience.org

4) GIBS president met with conservation scientists of OCEANA in its head-quarters in Washington DC to discuss the scope of collaboration between GIBS and OCEANA in marine conservation activitieswith particular focus on deep-sea corals. OCEANA website is: www.oceana.org

5) GIBS president met with personnel of the World Conservation Union(IUCN) personnel at the Erlangen (Germany) conference on deep-sea corals in 2003 and now in correspondence with them for protecting the pelagic and seamount ecosystems in the High Seas. IUCN website is:iucn.org/themes/marine

6) GIBS is abundantly aware of the conservation goals of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Their website is: www.wwf.org
                                  
7) GIBS has conducted several conservation-oriented meeting with The Environmental Defense (E) office at Raleigh, North Carolina and recently sponsored jointly an international “Round-Table” at Howard University in Washington DC to define  “Integrated Ecosystem Management” with emphasis on Marine Ecosystems: Visit:www.environmentaldefense.org

8) GIBS president gave an invited talk at the Elizabeth City State
University (ECSU) in their November 18, 2004 ‘Distinguished Lecture Series and Partners Strategy Session. His talk was on“Conservation of coral reefs, shallow tropical and deep-sea”.GIBS is developing plans with ECSU provost to initiate collaboration and partnership with ECSU’s CERSER (Center for Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research). Visit:cerser.ecsu.edu

9) GIBS president’s research activities both in the Antarctic and in the deep-sea off Carolinas in the North West Atlantic Ocean were supported by US Nationa Science Foundation (NSF),Office of Polar Programs (OPP) and Biological Oceanography Program. Visit NSF website: nsf.gov./od/opp/arctic or www.geo.nsf.gov

10) GIBS is funded by the United States Geolgical Suvery (USGS) to conduct the 3rd International Deep-Sea Coral Symposium in  Miami (Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2005).Visit: www.usgs.gov

11) GIBS president serves on the deep-sea ecology (deep-sea coral) work-group of the International Council for Explorations of the Seas (ICES).Visit: www.ICES.org

12) GIBS is recently funded by US Mineral management Services (MMS) to plan and organize the 3rd international deep-sea coral symposium with 250 deep-sea coral scientists from more than 12 countries. See MMS  website:www.mms.gov

13) GIBS is co-organizer of the 3ed IDSCS (deep-sea coral symposium) in Miami 2005 with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  (NOAA). See NOAA website:www.noaa.gov

14) GIBS president is ‘Honorary Professor’ of marine biology at the  Kristineberg Marine Research Station (KMRS) in Fisckebackskil, Sweden.This world- renowned marine center of excellence is operated jointly by the Swedish Royal Academy Of Sciences (the one that gives Nobel Prizes) and Goteborg University. GIBS president conducts courses on arctic and subarctic marine biology for senior undergraduate and graduate students in the summers. Visit website of KMRS:www.kmf.gu.se/index_eng.html

15) GIBS president was founding president of North Carolina Fulbright Chapter  of the Fulbright Association and visited India, Russia and Romania as  Fulbright Professor. He now serves on the ‘Board of Governors” of the Fulbright Academy of Sciences (FAST):Visit website:www.fulbrighter.org

16) GIBS president was Whiteley Professor in Fall 2004 at the world famous Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) of the University of Washington. Learn about the wonderful services of Whiteley Center in bridging science with society. Website:http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/index.html

17) ‘Home’ and quite frankly “Oikos”, the Greek word meaning House’. Home of GIBS is strategically located 10 miles from Wrightsville Beach on the western coast of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.  GIBS head-quarters is precisely 10 minutes drive to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington –UNCW (website: www.uncw.edu) where GIBS president was Professor and taught Marine Biology and Deep-Sea Biology for 30 years (1972 – 2003) GIBS head-quarters at Lansdowne Estate (305 Yorkshire Lane,  Wilmington, NC 28409) is also 10 minutes from Fort Fischer Aquarium at Kure Beach www.ncaquariums.com where GIBS has developed working relationship to conduct public education  programs such as town-meetings, symposia, special seminars and super-speaker forum for high school students (our future leaders who will hopefully protect our environment  for the joy of enjoying the aesthetic beauty of nature for many future generations).