Upcoming Events

Management on the Move: Making EBM and MSP More Dynamic

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 3pm US EDT / 12pm US PDT / 7pm UTC

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. This dynamic approach has the potential to narrow the spatial and temporal scope of regulations and thus reduce the social impacts of regulations (e.g., managers would close a portion of a fishing ground rather than an entire fishery to avoid exceeding bycatch limits). Most applications of dynamic ocean management to date have involved the fishing and shipping industries. But there is the potential to expand the approach to regulation of alternative energy sources (including wind, solar, and tidal energy), oil and gas production, military operations, and even mobile marine protected areas. This webinar will provide an overview of DOM, specific examples of existing DOM measures, and a management strategy evaluation of static vs dynamic management measures. Learn more about this new management approach and tools that enable it.

Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Project Eyes on the Seas

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Mark Young of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Illegal fishing is a global concern that threatens the long-term health of our oceans, worsens the impact of overfishing on critical marine ecosystems, and costs up to an estimated $23.5 billion annually. It accounts for 1 of every 5 fish taken from the world’s seas and jeopardizes the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who depend on the oceans’ resources. The Pew Charitable Trusts has partnered with the Satellite Applications Catapult to pioneer Project Eyes on the Seas. This cutting-edge technology platform combines satellite monitoring and imagery data with other information, such as fishing vessel databases and oceanographic data, to help authorities detect suspicious fishing activity. Learn more at http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/video/2015/project-eyes-on-the-seas.

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

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

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. (Read about this effort in the Nature Communications journal article “Catch reconstructions reveal that global marine fisheries catches are higher than reported and declining”.)

In this webinar, we will present our scientific approach, results from several countries illustrating the issues and problems, and the global results as presented in our recent paper. All materials and data for all maritime countries in the world (plus a wide variety of additional data and information items) are freely available for download at www.seaaroundus.org. We always welcome communications and feedback on our work and the data we present.

Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

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

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

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. NOAA scientists recently applied this new methodology to 82 fish and invertebrate species occurring on the US Northeast Shelf to assess the relative vulnerability of these species to climate change. They are in the process of expanding the assessment to additional regions including the US West Coast and Alaska. 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.

Learn more about the methodology at https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/Assets/ecosystems/climate/documents/TM%20OSF3.pdf and http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0146756.

Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Using InVEST for Coastal Zone Management in Belize

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Katie Arkema of Stanford University, Chantalle Clarke-Samuels of the Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, and Gregg Verutes of WWF.

Ocean planning requires balancing numerous competing uses such as recreation and commercial fisheries, tourism, and renewable and nonrenewable energy production. To help meet the demand for information on how human actions affect ecosystems and the benefits that ecosystems provide to people, the Natural Capital Project (NatCap) developed the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) toolkit.

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. This work informed Belize’s first National Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan which was recently endorsed by the Belize government. Read more about the project at https://www.openchannels.org/node/12032.

Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Alternative Livelihood Opportunities for Coastal Communities in the Eastern Caribbean

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

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.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Engaging the Public in Marine Reserves and Protected Areas: The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Lisa DeBruyckere of The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership. In 2012, the US state of Oregon designated a total of five marine reserve sites (Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, Redfish Rocks) and nine associated marine protected areas as part of an overall strategy to manage Oregon’s marine waters and submerged lands using an ecosystem-based approach. The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership (OMRP) is a consortium of nonprofit organizations dedicated to implementing and maintaining Oregon’s marine reserves and protected areas for all Oregonians by supporting scientific research, community engagement, and effective communications among all stakeholders. OMRP is raising awareness, support, and appreciation of Oregon’s system of marine reserves through engaging, informative, and effective outreach and education initiatives using a suite of techniques and approaches that leverages resources, engages underrepresented stakeholders, and builds an ocean stewardship ethic. Learn more about the partnership at http://www.oregonmarinereserves.org.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.