Upcoming Events

Demonstration of the DigitalGlobe InsightExplorer Marine Mapping Program and its IUU Fishing Applications

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Alyson Kauffman and Vipul Prasad of DigitalGlobe.

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. Read about some of DigitalGlobe’s work helping to find slave boats in the South Pacific at http://www.ap.org/explore/seafood-from-slaves/ap-tracks-slave-boats-to-papua-new-guinea.html.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

Adaptive Management of Marine Protected Areas: Predicting Responses to MPA Implementation for Comparison to Monitoring Data

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Louis Botsford of the University of California, Davis.

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. Output from the simulations has provided insights on how soon managers should expect to see increases in fish population abundances and when and why there may be time lags in some species’ responses, given factors such as pre-MPA fishing pressure and pre-MPA fish population abundance. The models also offer predictions for how much individual fish sizes might be expected to increase over time. Yet other computational modeling focused on determining "spill-over" distances for MPAs and their implications for siting monitoring reference sites. The scientists report that simply comparing sites inside and outside MPAs can produce misleading results and that consistent evaluation of each over time is more important for accurate assessments of MPA performance than comparing inside and outside MPAs at a set time. This group is working collaboratively with state wildlife managers to develop the science necessary to monitor and adaptively manage the state’s new MPAs.

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

Facilitating Collaborative Public Decisions: A Video-Based Training Tool

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be 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. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

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

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be 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.

This webinar will be useful to government stormwater and solid waste management practioners, restaurant owners, and aquatic resource managers.

Webinar cosponsored by the West Coast Marine Debris Alliance, the EBM Tools Network (coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org), and MarineDebris.Info.