Upcoming Events

The Marine Social Science Network: Promoting understanding of people’s relationship with the sea

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 20 at noon US EDT / 9am US PDT / 4pm UTC

Presented by: Emma McKinley of Cardiff University

The marine social sciences provide us with a diverse range of lenses to explore and understand people’s relationships with the sea. In addition, the expertise, skills, knowledge, and insight that can be gathered through marine social sciences are critical to effectively supporting sustainable ocean use and governance now and in the future. Launched in September 2018, the Marine Social Sciences Network (MarSocSci) is an international, interdisciplinary network to build community among and facilitate knowledge exchange between diverse stakeholders in the marine and coastal sector. MarSocSci provides a monthly newsletter, webinars, blogs, book clubs, and regional and thematic chapters. The network welcomes anyone with an interest in marine social sciences, including natural and physical scientists who want to know more about marine social sciences and are looking for collaboration opportunities. This webinar will discuss the importance of the marine social sciences, how the marine social sciences are being applied in different contexts, and ways the MarSocSci network supports the practice and application of the marine social sciences.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (EBM Tools Network, The Skimmer, OpenChannels, MPA News, MarineDebris.info)

[If you are unable to access Zoom, you can view a livestream here at the time of the webinar]

The "Why" Behind 30x30: The State of the Science on Marine Protected Area Benefits

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 29 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

Presented by: Sara Maxwell of University of Washington, Juan Mayorga of University of California at Santa Barbara and National Geographic Pristine Seas, Anne Guerry of Natural Capital Project, Stanford University, and Lauren Wenzel of NOAA

Marine protected areas (MPAs – areas of ocean that are protected for the long-term conservation of nature – are important tools for biodiversity protection, climate resilience, fisheries enhancement, and provide many benefits and services that people depend upon. In the face of the accelerating impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss, and increasing human pressures on the ocean, nations around the world have adopted a goal to protect at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030 through representative and effective networks of MPAs. In this webinar, speakers will provide an overview of the state of the science on MPA benefits, highlighting what we know about these important ocean conservation tools and the “why” behind the 30x30 goal. This webinar will help set the stage for a series of webinars focused on how the goal is being addressed in the United States, and speakers will highlight U.S.-based evidence and case studies where possible.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center, and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

Planning for 30x30 in the US: Assessing Protection in US Waters

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 6 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

Presented by: Mimi D’Iorio of NOAA, Kirsten Grorud-Colvert of Oregon State University, Jennifer Sletten of the Anthropocene Institute, Jenna Sullivan-Stack of Oregon State University, and Lauren Wenzel of NOAA

The 30x30 international marine conservation commitment aims to protect at least 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030 through representative and effective networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) that are fully or highly protected. Achieving this target would benefit marine biodiversity and the people who depend on healthy oceans as well as build ocean resilience to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Accurate reporting on progress toward 30x30 is vital and requires current and reliable information on protected area boundaries and regulations. This presentation is the first in a series focused on how the goal is being addressed in the United States. Speakers will provide background and context for the 30x30 initiative and highlight complementary efforts underway to catalog and classify MPAs. The MPA Guide provides clarity on what the term “protected” in MPAs really means, and ProtectedSeas’ Marine Managed Area data provides spatial data on regulations, allowing analysis of the cumulative contributions of different management authorities to the same ocean space. These efforts contribute to a more complete picture of the quality and quantity of US MPAs to help move the dial towards effective ocean protection in US waters.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

Identifying Important Areas for Conservation: A Gap Analysis of US Marine Biodiversity Protection and Knowledge

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 26 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

Presented by: Emmett Duffy of the Smithsonian Institution, Daniel Dunn of the University of Queensland, and Pat Halpin of Duke University

The Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States spans 24 ecoregions across three oceans and habitats ranging from oceanic coral reefs to glacial bays to deep-sea abyssal plains and vent ecosystems. This expansive territory hosts a similarly great diversity of marine life. Yet there has never been a systematic inventory of US living marine resources. Such information is an essential scientific foundation as the US and other nations embark on an expanded initiative to protect marine life and habitats. The Marine Biodiversity Dialogues project, sponsored by the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation and Lenfest Ocean Program, is conducting an initial, time-bound gap analysis of existing data to identify: 1) limits to existing knowledge of marine biodiversity and its distribution across the expansive US EEZ, and 2) key regions whose biodiversity is not well represented in existing marine protected areas (MPAs). This webinar will summarize findings of this gap analysis and discuss how the emerging science foundation can inform strategic prioritization for protection of marine habitats and regions in the US EEZ.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)

The PescaData app: Mobilizing knowledge and creating a more just digital economy for small-scale fishers

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 22 at 3pm US EDT / Noon US PDT / 7pm UTC

Presented by: Stuart Fulton of COBI

We were all shocked in 2020 when Microsoft introduced Productivity Score which collects workplace data on employees. Nobody likes to feel that their telephone or computer is spying on them. Yet we often design technology for fisheries where data collected by a fisher disappears into the cloud, never to be seen by the fisher again. Now is the time to create a more just digital economy where all participants reap the benefits of their actions. In this webinar we present Innovación Azul, a digital ecosystem that connects 300,000 small-scale fishers in Mexico and mobilizes knowledge, innovation, and solutions that can be adopted in Mexico, Latin America, and beyond. Innovación Azul includes PescaData, a free and interactive mobile application that helps fishers and fishing organizations offer their products and services in the marketplace; share knowledge and seek solutions to common problems; and record catch, fishing effort, expenses, product prices, and more. We will also discuss the principles of data sovereignty in small-scale fisheries; how data could be used for management, research, and value creation; and the benefits - and challenges - of designing technology for small-scale fishers.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (EBM Tools Network, The Skimmer, OpenChannels, MPA News, MarineDebris.info)

If you are unable to access Zoom, you can view a livestream here at the time of the webinar]

How to use diverse incentives to promote effective and equitable MPA governance: New case studies and practical guidance

Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 7 at 1pm US EDT/ 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

Presented by: Peter Jones of University College London

MPA governance is the modification of human behavior (e.g., fishing, tourism, coastal development activities) through an appropriate combination of incentives – including economic, legal, participation, communication, and knowledge incentives. Previous research on MPA governance case studies has developed and explored the hypothesis that the use of diverse incentives is critical to developing MPA governance that is both effective (i.e., they achieve conservation objectives and are not “paper parks) and equitable (i.e., local customs and traditional ways of life are conserved, participation of local people is provided for, the costs and benefits of conservation are fairly shared). This webinar presents 28 new case studies (including a case study of the emerging policy framework for MPAs beyond national jurisdiction) to test this hypothesis and develop practical guidance for MPA managers and policy practitioners on how to combine a diversity of governance incentives to promote effectiveness and equity. Our research found that while many MPAs already employ a diversity of incentives, many of the incentives needed to be strengthened and others needed to be introduced.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)