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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

Tuesday: Webinar on Characterizing the Lobster Fishery for Future Use in Ocean Planning

For the week of 10 October 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us this coming Tuesday (18 October) at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar with Nick Battista and Rebecca Clark Uchenna of the Island Institute on Characterizing the Lobster Fishery for Future Use in Ocean Planning.

The Island Institute recently published a report offering a non-spatial characterization of the Maine lobster fishery to inform the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning process. For this report, lobstermen from the seven Maine lobster management zones were interviewed about how they fish throughout the year, their perspectives on how lobster fishing has changed in the last 15 to 20 years, how they approach new ocean uses and ocean planning, and how they adapt to increased efforts in their fishing areas. This study provides a framework for providing key contextual information on fishermen’s concerns for other data poor industries, such as the tuna fishery.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar103.

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

Ocean Highlights from the IUCN World Conservation Congress is now archived

For the weeks of Sept 26 and Oct 3 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

We're back to our normal Weekly Update schedule! Apologies for the delay there. There are a number of webinars that are now archived from the previous two weeks. Also, we have two upcoming webinars this month I wanted to alert you all to:

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

PS: The next Literature Update will be sent out on Wednesday, October 12.

Ocean Highlights from the IUCN World Conservation Congress

For the week of 19 September 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us 4 October for a webinar on Ocean Highlights from the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

This webinar will features speakers: Lauren Wenzel, Director of the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center; Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme; and Dan Laffoley, IUCN Principal Advisor, Marine Science and Conservation for the Global Marine and Polar Programme, and Marine Vice-Chair for the World Commission on Protected Areas.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar102.

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

PS: I'm taking vacation, so expect the next two weeks to be quiet around here. Hoping to have the next Weekly Update out on October 7th. Until then, don't let anything major happen that I'll miss!

Challenges and opportunities of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean

For the week of 05 September 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us 27 September 2016 for a webinar on Challenges and opportunities of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean presented by Giuseppe di Carlo of WWF.

The webinar will address the current situation of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean, including challenges and opportunities. WWF has been supporting a number of Mediterranean MPAs in advancing towards effective management, coherent planning and capacity building for staff. WWF also founded MedPAN, the regional MPA network that today counts 100 members and partners from 18 countries. The webinar will present the complexity of the MPA system in the Mediterranean, highlight success stories and define immediate needs to achieve Aichi Target 11.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar100.

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

Join us 13 September for a webinar on Best Practices on Sustainable Shark and Ray Tourism

For the week of 29 August 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us 13 September 2016 for a webinar on Best Practices on Sustainable Shark and Ray Tourism presented by Isabel Ender of Manta Trust and Andy Cornish of WWF.

WWF, Manta Trust, and Project Aware have collaborated to produce a guide to sustainable shark and ray tourism operations and factsheets that describe three shark and ray tourism sites that utilize MPAs and innovative financing. The webinar will introduce the new guide which is due to be released in late 2016, opportunities to take part in training on the guide, and the factsheets.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar99.

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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