Upcoming Events

Status and Trends of Coral Reefs of the Pacific

Event Date: 
Monday, January 7, 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC

Join us Monday, January 7, 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Status and Trends of Coral Reefs of the Pacific.

The September 2018 report, Status and Trends of Coral Reefs of the Pacific, is the first of its kind for the Pacific and is the third in a series of Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) reports dedicated to describing the status and trends of the world’s coral reefs. From nearly 20,000 surveys in 128 islands, this report reveals that Pacific reefs are changing, but local management actions can help to mitigate the effects of global change, at least in the near future. Join Serge Planes, one of the report’s authors and Director of Research at the French National Center of Scientifique Research, and the Director of France’s Laboratory of Excellence (LabEx) CORAIL, who will discuss the report, key findings, and what the results mean for improving the management of Pacific reefs.

This webinar is co-sponsored by the International Coral Reef Initiative, the Reef Resilience Network and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Unmanned Systems (UxS): Transforming How We Study and Manage the Marine Environment

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 10, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC

Join us Thursday, January 10, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC for a webinar on Unmanned Systems (UxS): Transforming How We Study and Manage the Marine Environment.

Presented by: John McDonough of NOAA.

Unmanned Systems (UxS) are transforming how we study and manage the marine environment. This presentation will provide an overview of unmanned aerial systems, unmanned surface vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, buoyancy gliders, and remotely operated vehicles. Emphasis will be placed on their contributions to establishing and managing marine protected areas.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe). 

Not all those who wander are lost – Fishers communities’ responses to shifts in the distribution and abundance of fish resources

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 11 am US EST/8 am US PST/4 pm UTC

Join us Thursday, January 31, 11 am US EST/8 am US PST/4 pm UTC for a webinar on Not all those who wander are lost – Fishers communities’ responses to shifts in the distribution and abundance of fish resources. 

Presented by: Eva Papaioannou of the University of Dundee and Rebecca Selden of Rutgers University

Fish resources in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US are sensitive to the impacts of climate change, with marked shifts in species’ distribution already taking place. Fishing communities’ response strategies to change are frequently neglected within policy, compromising the effectiveness of management schemes. This presentation will describe: 1) how fishing communities in these regions are responding to changes in the abundance and distribution of major commercial species and 2) how key characteristics of the fisheries (e.g., species diversity, gear diversity, vessel mobility, quota and permitting systems, proximity to fishing grounds) and fishing communities shape their choice of response strategies (e.g., changes in fishing effort, port of landing, and target species). This presentation will draw from research on New England lobster fisheries and mid-Atlantic Bight trawl fisheries. Results from these types of studies are critical for the development of climate-ready fisheries management and community adaptation plans. 

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Principles for Investment in Sustainable Wild-Caught Fisheries

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC

Join us Thursday, February 6, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC for a webinar on Principles for Investment in Sustainable Wild-Caught Fisheries.

Presented by: Tim Fitzgerald of EDF. 

Although billions of public and private dollars are invested in fisheries every year, more often than not, sustainability is neither the driver nor the intended outcome of those investment dollars. These Principles were created to help change that dynamic. Launched at the World Ocean Summit 2018, the Principles provide investors with certainty about the specific challenges and enabling conditions in wild-caught fisheries, while also generating confidence that building environmental and social sustainability into fisheries will yield a strong return on their investment. Since their release earlier this year, the Principles have garnered commitments from more than two dozen investors, project developers, philanthropies and conservation organizations, and we are eager to continue to grow this network of influential actors to help spur global sustainability for fisheries and fishing communities. The Principles cover everything from data-poor fisheries to human rights  and food security. They align with IFC Performance Standards and UN Principles of Responsible Investment and are designed to help advance at least five of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information, you can access the Principles here: http://www.fisheriesprinciples.org.

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Learning from others: The new global conservation planning database

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 28, 3 pm US EST/Noon US PST/8 pm UTC

Join us Thursday, February 28 3 pm US EST/Noon US PST/8 pm UTC for a webinar on Learning from others: The new global conservation planning database

Presented by: Jorge Álvarez-Romero, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

Creating a new marine conservation or management plan? Learn what others have done in the past – build on their research and experiences and how they addressed challenges – using the new Conservation Planning Database. The database recently launched with 163 peer-reviewed papers on 155 marine systematic conservation planning exercises from around the world. The database will help planners find relevant conservation plans from all over the world including their local area, scientists study trends in conservation planning, and donors and NGOs identify regions where little conservation planning has been done. Join this webinar to learn more about the database, what it reveals about that current state of marine systematic conservation planning, how you can add to it, and how developers are planning to make it even more useful.

Co-sponsored by: EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)