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Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)

For the week of 20 June 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 14 July for a webinar on Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium.

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), being held from June 19-24, 2016, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. ICRS will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from 70 different nations to present the latest research findings, case histories, and management activities and discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability. This 13th iteration of ICRS expands outside its traditional science realm to also include policy and management with the overall theme of "Bridging Science to Policy." Alongside the symposium, a concurrent Leadership Forum with heads of state from the Pacific is convening to talk about the most pressing issues their local reefs are facing. The presentation will share outcomes from the Leadership Forum as well as high-level scientific findings from the conference, drawing direct links to management and policy.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar91.

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

Thursday: Alternative Livelihood Opportunities for Coastal Communities in the Eastern Caribbean

For the week of 13 June 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 23 June for a webinar on Alternative Livelihood Opportunities for Coastal Communities in the Eastern Caribbean.

To relieve fishing pressure and provide supplementary income to coastal communities surrounding MPAs, the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network (ECMMAN) is implementing sustainable, alternative livelihood projects on six islands. Supported by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), small livelihood grants were made available to qualified applicants selected by a regional committee. Projects range from eco-tourism cooperatives, agriculture projects, mooring sites, and training a network of fishers and vendors to catch and market invasive lionfish. The projects have effectively equipped displaced fishers and community members with the skills and investment needed to launch micro-enterprises. In this webinar we will hear about the Livelihood Support Fund concept and implementation, as well as from the facilitators of two national projects.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar90.

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

Demonstration of SituMap Multi-User Mapping Application

For the week of 6 June 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, 20 July for a webinar on a Demonstration of SituMap Multi-User Mapping Application presented by Seneca Holland of Texas A&M University.

SituMap is a multi-user, multi-touch mapping application that cultivates participation, collaboration and conversation. SituMap can be installed on a touch screen device like a Microsoft surface tablet (although keyboard and mouse functionality is also supported) and allows for users to quickly (with very minimal training) map out a situation or identify spatially features that are important to them. All the line work that is drawn in SituMap is spatially defined and can be exported (no digitalizing of hardcopy maps) to a desktop GIS environment for future spatial analysis later. Maps can also be sent out to collaborators via a QR code or email.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar89.

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

Using InVEST for Coastal Zone Management in Belize

For the week of 30 May 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, 7 June for a webinar on Using InVEST for Coastal Zone Management in Belize presented by Katie Arkema of Stanford University, Chantalle Clarke-Samuels of the Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, and Gregg Verutes of WWF.

In 2010, Belize’s Coastal Zone Management Authority (CZMAI) partnered with WWF and NatCap to answer the question, “Where should we site coastal and ocean uses to reduce risk to marine ecosystems and enhance benefits they provide to people?” The project team used a risk assessment tool in InVEST to assess how threats to marine ecosystems posed by humans and other factors can modify ecosystem condition and function. They then applied a suite of other models within InVEST to map and measure key ecosystem services – annual production of spiny lobster, tourism and recreation, and coastal protection in this case – and changes in value under different management scenarios.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar88.

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

Draft US Northeast Regional Ocean Plan now available for public comment

For the week of 23 May 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The first US Regional Ocean Plan has been published in draft form. Congratulations to all involved for getting this far!

Public comments are due by 25 July 2016, and everyone (even non-US residents and those outside the NE planning region) is/are encouraged to provide input. Comments may be submitted via an online comment form on each chapter's landing page (like this one), by sending an email to comment [at] neoceanplanning.org, at an in-person public comment meeting, or via snail-mail. Go send a comment now! We'll be waiting to give you a virtual high-five when you're done. (We know...best incentive you've ever imagined)

For more information, please visit https://oct.to/NEPlan.

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

A Methodology for Assessing the Vulnerability of Fish and Invertebrates to Climate Change

For the weeks of 9 and 16 May 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 2 June for a webinar on A Methodology for Assessing the Vulnerability of Fish and Invertebrates to Climate Change.

This webinar will be presented by Wendy Morrison of NOAA. To prepare for and respond to current and future changes in climate and oceans, fisheries managers and scientists need tools to identify what fishery resources may be most vulnerable in a changing climate and why. The NOAA Fisheries Fish Species Climate Vulnerability Assessment Methodology uses information on species life history characteristics, species distributions and projected future climate and ocean conditions to estimate the relative vulnerability of fish species to changes in abundance or productivity (and to some extent distribution). The results help guide additional science to better understand possible climate impacts on fish species or stocks and assist fisheries decision makers in considering how to prepare for and respond to climate-related changes.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar87.

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

ReThink Disposable: a program to reduce the amount of marine debris-prone items used in the food service industry

For the week of 4 May 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, 18 May for a webinar on ReThink Disposable: a program to reduce the amount of marine debris-prone items used in the food service industry.

This webinar will be presented by Samantha Sommer, Waste Prevention Program Manager at Clean Water Fund/Clean Water Action. Learn about how Clean Water Fund developed Rethink Disposable in partnership with San Francisco Bay Area municipalities to engage local businesses and the public in implementing upstream solutions to reduce the amount of disposable take-out food packaging ending up in creeks and San Francisco Bay. In addition to preventing marine debris, the benefits of reducing and eliminating disposables include: conserving resources, reducing waste, preventing pollution, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the lifecycle of a single-use disposable product from extraction to disposal. Minimizing single-use disposable packaging can provide environmental and economic benefits to local governments and significant cost savings to businesses.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar86.

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

A Methodology for Assessing the Vulnerability of Fish and Invertebrates to Climate Change

For the week of 25 April 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 2 June for a webinar on A Methodology for Assessing the Vulnerability of Fish and Invertebrates to Climate Change.

This webinar will be presented by Wendy Morrison of NOAA. The NOAA Fisheries Fish Species Climate Vulnerability Assessment Methodology uses information on species life history characteristics, species distributions and projected future climate and ocean conditions to estimate the relative vulnerability of fish species to changes in abundance or productivity (and to some extent distribution). The results help guide additional science to better understand possible climate impacts on fish species or stocks and assist fisheries decision makers in considering how to prepare for and respond to climate-related changes. This webinar will introduce the methodology and use results from the US Northeast assessment to describe the type of information created and potential uses of the results.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar85.

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

The View Past Peak Catches: Global Catch Trends in Marine Fisheries

For the week of 18 April 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, 17 May for a webinar on The View Past Peak Catches: Global Catch Trends in Marine Fisheries.

This webinar will be presented by Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller of the Sea Around Us and the University of British Columbia. How much fish are we really catching from the world’s oceans? Catch data are important in fisheries research, but the availability of reliable and comprehensive catch data is often taken for granted. In a large number of countries, reliable catch data are not available, and the catch data these countries submit to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are incomplete and highly variable. Given the role of FAO in world fisheries, this means that many of the “big numbers” cited when talking or writing about global fisheries are erroneous. We present a “catch reconstruction” approach that we have applied to all maritime countries of the world to overcome this situation.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar84.

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

Management on the Move: Making EBM and MSP More Dynamic

For the week of 11 April 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 5 May for a webinar on Management on the Move: Making EBM and MSP More Dynamic.

This webinar will be presented by Daniel Dunn of Duke University, Sara Maxwell of Old Dominion University and Alistair Hobday of CSIRO. Ocean environments, ocean life, and ocean users are often highly mobile, but most ocean management techniques are not. This mismatch leads to ocean management that is, at times, ineffective, inefficient, or both. An emerging management approach – “dynamic ocean management” – could change that. Dynamic ocean management uses techniques that change in space and time, reflecting the actual or predicted movements of ocean life and ocean users rather than relying on traditional static measures such as fixed boundaries or seasons.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar83.

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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