ISRS members represent a unique source of substantial expertise and information about coral reefs, many facets of which relate to issues that bear on a much wider community. Examples are consequences of bleaching, impacts of fishing, roles of marine protected areas, and fossil carbon in ancient reefs. Managers (industry, government, NGOs etc) are typically making difficult decisions in relation to these issues on the basis of slender information. Good judgment and objectivity and quality of information are badly needed, and in its subject area, the ISRS is in the strongest position internationally to furnish it. Consequently, the ISRS has developed a Briefing Papers (BP) series on key issues and to communicate in a way that general lay-people can understand and use. In this way the ISRS has broadened its reputation as a source of good judgments on complex and awkward topics.
ISRS members are welcome to propose further issues for Briefing Papers. Proposed items should be emailed to Rupert Ormond.