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Crowdsourcing small-scale fisheries data: A global initiative

For the weeks of 26 December 2016 & 2 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Crowdsourcing small-scale fisheries data: A global initiative, presented by Rodolphe Devillers of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF) is a web portal that is used to integrate, summarize, and communicate information on small-scale fisheries (SSF) globally. Based on a crowdsourcing approach, the data are all freely accessible, helping the global SSF community to better qualify and quantify SSF and their importance. The system provides diverse information, including people and organizations involved in this field, publications, and detailed profiles of SSF at specific locations.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar114.

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

Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter

For the week of 19 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 9am US EST / 2pm UTC / 3pm CET / 4pm EET for a webinar on Making Marine Ecosystem Services Matter, presented by Nicola Beaumont of PML, Esther Wolfs of Wolfs Company, and Samir Rosado of BCZMAI.

Blue Solutions provides a global knowledge network and capacity development platform to collate, share, and generate solutions for effective management and equitable governance of our planet’s marine and coastal living spaces, and to develop capacity for the ocean community on the initiative’s priority topics. For this webinar, presenters will showcase how marine ecosystem service information can be used in conservation and sustainable development decision making.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar113.

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

Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas

For the week of 12 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for US Marine Protected Areas, presented by Brian Baird of The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay, and Martha Honey of the Center for Responsible Travel.

MPAs require sustainable long-term funding for designation and management – including for education, outreach, monitoring, research, policy development, and enforcement. Recommendations from a new report produced by the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee will be discussed, along with a wide-range of approaches for obtaining external funding, important guidelines for success, and potential sources of external financing.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar112.

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

Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of MPAs

For the weeks of 5 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of MPAs, presented by Mark Carr of UCSC.

The US Marine Protected Area (MPA) Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) has a Connectivity Subcommittee charged with understanding how knowledge about ecological spatial connectivity and climate climate change can be incorporated into the design, use, and management of effective MPAs and MPA networks. The committee has summarized the current scientific understanding of: 1) different types and scales of connectivity and their ecological implications, 2) how connectivity processes create ecological linkages among marine areas, populations, communities, and ecosystems, and 3) how connectivity impacts conservation outcomes in MPAs. This webinar will summarize the work of the FAC on the implications of spatial ecological connectivity for the design and application of MPAs in a changing ocean. This work forms the basis of the FAC's recommendations to the US Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior for future US MPA management and policy.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar111.

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

Thursday: Webinar on Demonstrating Relevance: Applying Lessons on Management Effectiveness at Grays Reef NMS

For the weeks of 21 & 28 November 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Demonstrating Relevance: Applying Lessons on Management Effectiveness at Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary, presented by Sarah Fangman of NOAA.

While the sanctuary protects an abundance of marine life, very few people know about it, and even fewer visit. With few users and very little awareness the sanctuary even exists, sanctuary staff began an evaluation process to examine the MPA's relevance and how to move the site forward into the future. This webinar will describe how the site designed and completed an analysis of the sanctuary's education, outreach and resource protection programs and how staff are working to bring more awareness to a small, remote marine protected area and ensure management effectiveness.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar110.

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

December 1st: Update on Efforts to Establish MPAs in the Southern Ocean

For the week of 14 November 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on an Update on Efforts to Establish MPAs in the Southern Ocean, presented by Mi Ae Kim of NOAA.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has been working to establish marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, which would contribute to its objective – the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources. Two proposals have been under consideration since 2012, MPAs in the Ross Sea Region and East Antarctica. An overview and the latest updates on CCAMLR’s MPA efforts will be provided during the webinar.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar109.

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

Tuesday: Webinar on Microfibers: The Next Frontier of Plastic Pollution and the Search for a Solution

For the week of 7 November 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, November 15 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Microfibers: The Next Frontier of Plastic Pollution and the Search for a Solution, presented by Elissa Loughman (Patagonia), Bess Ruff (UCSB Bren School) and, Angela Howe (Surfrider Foundation).

Scientists are still beginning to understand the effects of plastic pollution on marine life who suffer injury and death through entanglement and ingestion of the synthetic material. Now we’ve discovered that there is a new microscopic form of plastic pollution entering our waterways from the washing of clothing that includes nylon, acrylic, and PET materials. The agitation and centrifuging occurring during the wash cycle releases micro- and nano plastic fibers into the wastewater stream that end up in sewers, rivers, and the ocean. This webinar will explore the cutting-edge science investigating microfibers from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management informing us about the nature and threat of microfibers. In addition, an industry perspective on this new development will be presented addressing possible responses and solutions to the problem.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar108.

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

Facilitating Collaborative Public Decisions: A Video-Based Training Tool

For the week of 31 October 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, November 10 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Facilitating Collaborative Public Decisions: A Video-Based Training Tool, presented by Steven Yaffee of the University of Michigan.

Whether you are a stakeholder, facilitator, agency official, or student, this tool can help you understand and facilitate real-world public decision making processes. Using multimedia examples drawn from the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, the tool enables users to explore strategies for facilitating the different stages of collaborative decision making. This tool was created to help a variety of users expand their expertise and increase their understanding of facilitation strategies, challenges, and steps in a collaborative process.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar107.

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

Join us for Adaptive Management of MPAs: Predicting Responses to MPA Implementation for Comparison to Monitoring Data

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 https://oct.to/OCWebinar105.

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

Tuesday: Webinar Demonstration of the DigitalGlobe InsightExplorer Marine Mapping Program & IUU Fishing Applications

For the week of 17 October 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us this coming Tuesday (25 October) at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a Webinar Demonstration of the DigitalGlobe InsightExplorer Marine Mapping Program and its IUU Fishing Applications.

The DigitalGlobe InsightExplorer platform is a marine mapping program that allows users to display multiple layers of information and allows for fish catch reporting. In addition to oceanographic data layers such as plankton and sea surface temperatures, users can also display satellite and terrestrial AIS data, as well as vessel positions from VMS. InsightExplorer combines synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and AIS technologies with advanced behavioral analytics to provide users with the most comprehensive viewing method for authorities to monitor and manage all maritime activities within their area of jurisdiction. For IUU fishing detection, DigitalGlobe helps monitoring agencies narrow search areas by providing fishing activity prediction capabilities, vessel behavior detection, zone infringement alerts (for EEZ’s, MPAs, etc.), and high-resolution satellite images of potentially illegal activity.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar104.

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

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