By Brad Barr, brad.barr [at] noaa.gov
In these times of limited resources, enlisting the assistance of partners has become essential to acquire the knowledge needed to establish and manage MPAs effectively. There are few more valuable to us in this regard than our colleagues in the academic community.
Colleges and universities are centers for research, creativity, and innovation. Their raison d’etre is to think deeply about important stuff we don’t generally have the time to, to train the next generation of managers and scientists who will come to join our community of practice or collaborate with us in the future, and to seek out opportunities to make this education meaningful.