This webinar originally aired on: 14 January 2021
Presented by: Anna Ruth Robuck of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and NOAA Marine Protected Areas Center
Marine debris encompasses a wide range of materials of diverse origin, including derelict vessels, fishing gear, plastic debris, and microplastics. Different types of marine debris have been documented to impact every level of biological organization, and many uncertainties about impact remain. The complex and often harmful nature of the problem translates to management and conservation challenges within protected areas, and a “one size fits all” approach to marine debris generally fails to incorporate local needs and nuance. This webinar synthesizes recommendations for protected area managers seeking to reduce marine debris. The recommendations are based upon review of research, case studies, and experience from government, academia, and non-profits. This webinar will also provide some suggested actions and current examples from protected areas addressing marine debris in the US and beyond.
This webinar originally aired on: 08 December 2020
Presented by: John Bohorquez of Stony Brook University
Lack of financial resources and staff capacity may limit the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in meeting their conservation objectives. We are developing a replicable framework to assess the sustainability of MPA financial strategies and identify potential solutions to identified risks, including improving the efficiency and allocation of available resources, expanding or improving in-place financial mechanisms, and developing alternative financial mechanisms. The framework development and assessment is supported by real-world case studies from Colombia, the Caribbean Netherlands, Belize, and Mexico.
This webinar originally aired on: 01 December 2020
Presented by: Annie Brett, University of Florida Levin School of Law
Ocean management is often undermined by a lack of data on human activity and on the waters themselves. Pirate fishers plunder the high seas with impunity, knowing they cannot be traced. Crew members on legitimate fishing boats are tortured and even murdered, out of sight. Stocks are overfished because most quotas are set only annually, using last year’s data. New technology platforms are beginning to change this. Data from satellites, autonomous underwater vehicles, and other platforms are coming together with emerging data streams from social media, smartphones, and low-cost distributed sensors to create a ‘data tsunami’. More data were collected on the oceans in 2018 alone than in the entire twentieth century. Ocean data management has not kept pace with this precipitous growth, however, and limits our ability to use this new ocean data to address ocean threats. In this webinar, we will present ways we need to revolutionize the collection, sharing, and accessibility of ocean data to address climate change, overfishing, and pollution.
This webinar originally aired on: 20 October 2020
Research shows that 80% of the plastic waste that ends up in the ocean comes from land, with rivers acting as one of the major pathways. Therefore, rivers provide a high-impact opportunity for intercepting plastic waste before it reaches the ocean. The Clean Currents Coalition is a global network of 9 teams combatting the flow of plastic waste from river systems to the ocean. The Coalition are piloting technologies for physical capture of plastic waste in polluted rivers and catalyzing policy-based, infrastructural, and societal change to reduce plastic waste leakage into those rivers. Join the webinar to learn more about the solutions championed by Coalition member teams in their river systems, the plastic-intercepting technologies they are piloting, and the strategies for creating behavior change in these communities.
Presented by: Molly Morse and Valeria Tamayo-Canadas from the Benioff Ocean Initiative
This webinar originally aired on: 14 October 2020
Presented by: Gary Tabor of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Barbara Lausche of Mote Marine Laboratory, Zachary Cannizzo of NOAA, and J. Wilson White of Oregon State University
The interconnectedness of the ocean is one of its defining characteristics. This ability of species and processes to move and flow from place-to-place, called ecological connectivity, is increasingly recognized as a key aspect of successful marine conservation. Two recent reports highlight the importance of both protecting and leveraging connectivity conservation for successful MPA management. Both the IUCN “Guidelines for conserving connectivity through ecological networks and corridors” and the National MPA Center brief “Ecological Connectivity for Marine Protected Areas” make the case for ecological connectivity and provide practical recommendations for moving marine conservation forward by increasing consideration and application of fundamental ecological connectivity processes. This webinar will provide an overview of these reports and serve to stimulate discussions and actions that lead to greater protection of ecological connectivity as part of marine conservation.
This webinar originally aired on: 01 October 2020
As marine spatial planning (MSP) operates in a changing ocean, properly addressing and integrating climate effects is vital. However, few marine spatial plans properly or explicitly consider climate change. This is a complex topic, full of intricacies, dimensions, and challenges (scientific, socioeconomic, and political), and multiple solutions will be needed. We highlight ways forward, based on real examples around the globe, on how climate change can be integrated into MSP. Links with global ocean governance goals and sustainable development will be explored.
Presented by: Catarina Frazão Santos of the University of Lisbon and NOVA-SBE and Tundi Agardy of Sound Seas
This webinar originally aired on: 23 September 2020
Presented by: April Crow, Vice President of External Affairs & Investor Relations, Circulate Capital
Roughly 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year -- the equivalent of a garbage truck unloading every minute. Most of this plastic enters the ocean from just five countries in South and Southeast Asia. In 2018, Circulate Capital established the US$100M Circulate Capital Ocean Fund (CCOF), the world’s first investment fund dedicated to preventing ocean plastic. CCOF invests in companies and technologies that improve waste collection, waste sorting and processing, waste recycling, and plastic end use in South and Southeast Asia. Financing innovative local companies that are working to address these waste management challenges is a critical step to reducing the flow of ocean plastics and improving economic development and public health outcomes This webinar will examine what the investments could look like at the ground level, how improvements could be scaled, and how South and Southeast Asia could ultimately become a model for fighting plastic waste.
This webinar originally aired on: 09 September 2020
Presented by: Simon Hudson of the University of South Carolina
The COVID-19 pandemic has decreased international tourism by 60-80% this year. On this webinar, Simon Hudson, the author of the new book COVID-19 & travel: impacts, responses and outcomes will discuss the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on tourism, and on coastal and marine tourism in particular; how this has negatively impacted other coastal economic sectors and slowed down marine conservation; what those in the industry are doing – or should be doing – to survive; how coastal and marine tourists may have changed – forever; how the pandemic may benefit coastal and marine tourism in the long run; and what the future might look like for those dependent on marine tourism.
This webinar originally aired on: 02 September 2020
Presented by: Nicole Baker, Founder of Net Your Problem LLC
Despite gaps in knowledge about occurrence, sources, transport, and the spectrum of impacts of plastic in the environment, we know enough to know that the plastic pollution problem is serious and that we must seize opportunities to address it. Net Your Problem LLC is a solutions-oriented company, providing responsible disposal services (i.e., recycling) for fishing gear in Alaska and programs in development for all US coasts. Since 2017, we have recycled 881,000 lbs of fishing gear, made possible by working with what we call “unlikely partners”. Past partners have included not only a variety of stakeholders who have a financial interest in improving waste management in coastal communities - from the fishing industry to Native tribes and community groups to local, regional, and federal governments, even intergovernmental institutions, but also construction companies, breweries, and a fishing apparel company. If you are interested in collaborating with us to increase the amount of debris we can divert from landfills and incinerators and prevent from entering the environment, we would love to tell you more about our work and look forward to your attendance.
This webinar originally aired on: 28 July 2020
Understanding ocean areas is critical for natural resource management, offshore energy planning, navigation planning, and aquaculture siting as well as many other applications. OceanReports is a publicly available web-based application that allows users to select an Area-of-Interest (AOI) anywhere in the US Exclusive Economic Zone and instantly obtain over 70 unique infographics with analyses of the location. Infographics include the area’s energy and minerals, natural resources, transportation, infrastructure, oceanographic and biophysical conditions, and contribution to the local ocean economy. OceanReports allow users to explore pertinent ocean data through interactive pop-ups and visualizations, toggle map displays of each layer, share results by web link, and print custom reports to inform various permitting processes. Metadata, data download, background information, and the analysis rule-sets are also available. In this webinar, the tool will be explained and demonstrated with a question and answer period to follow. Use the tool at https://marinecadastre.gov/oceanreports.
Presented by: Christine Taylor of BOEM
Co-sponsors: OCTO (MarineDebris.info, OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network)