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For the week of 24 October 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, November 3 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Adaptive Management of Marine Protected Areas: Predicting Responses to MPA Implementation for Comparison to Monitoring Data.

The state of California established a statewide network of marine protected areas through the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process. Managers and scientists must now figure out how to employ adaptive management of these MPAs (i.e., to compare outcomes to predicted effects, a requirement of the act). The first step was to initiate baseline monitoring of sites inside the new MPAs and at select reference sites outside of them. Next, with support from California Sea Grant, researchers developed computer models for adaptive management of Central California's MPAs for commercially and recreationally important species such as blue rockfish, black rockfish, lingcod, and cabezon. The spatial population models incorporated what is known about species' larval dispersals, adult movement patterns, and key species interactions to simulate how fish populations might respond to spatial closures and other factors, such as fishing pressure outside the no-fishing zones.

For more information and to register, please visit

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

*News Update — 14 new posts this week*

  • The Northeast Regional Planning Body has submitted its final Ocean Plan to the National Ocean Council. It could be approved as early as November 18, 2016 –

  • San Diego County, California, is starting a pilot marine spatial planning effort. The State Lands Commission and the San Diego Unified Port District will be collaborating on the pilot —

  • Cebu, Philippines, is building an outpost to monitor a marine sanctuary, thanks to a donated 200-square meter islet –

  • Public consultation is now open for 20 proposed sites for Marine Protection in New Zealand –

  • MESP is hosting an upcoming webinar on A "Sustainability Dashboard" for the Seafood Industry –

*Literature Update — 17 new titles this week*
PLOS ONE has published, Optimising Land-Sea Management for Inshore Coral Reefs –

*Webinar Update — 1 new archived webinar this week*
Tuesday's webinar, Demonstration of the DigitalGlobe InsightExplorer Marine Mapping Program and its IUU Fishing Applications, is now archived –

*Job Listings Update — 9 new jobs this week*
Sea Education Association (SEA) is hiring an Assistant/Associate Biological Oceanographer –