Webinar Archives

This webinar originally aired on: 15 November 2016

This webinar was 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.

This webinar originally aired on: 10 November 2016

This webinar was 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).

This webinar originally aired on: 03 November 2016

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).

This webinar originally aired on: 25 October 2016

This webinar was 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.

This webinar originally aired on: 18 October 2016

This webinar was presented by Nick Battista and Rebecca Clark Uchenna of the Island Institute.

The Island Institute recently published a report offering a non-spatial characterization of the Maine lobster fishery to inform the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning process. The lobster fishery is the fourth largest fishery in the US, and 90% of the domestic lobster catch comes from Maine waters. Currently, understanding of how the lobster fishery uses New England’s ocean waters is incomplete because of limited mapping at various scales. For this report, lobstermen from the seven Maine lobster management zones were interviewed about how they fish throughout the year, their perspectives on how lobster fishing has changed in the last 15 to 20 years, how they approach new ocean uses and ocean planning, and how they adapt to increased efforts in their fishing areas. This study provides a framework for providing key contextual information on fishermen’s concerns for other data poor industries, such as the tuna fishery. The full report is available at http://www.islandinstitute.org/resource/lobster-and-ocean-planning.

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

This webinar originally aired on: 04 October 2016

This webinar featured speakers: Lauren Wenzel, Director of the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center; Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme; and Dan Laffoley, IUCN Principal Advisor, Marine Science and Conservation for the Global Marine and Polar Programme, and Marine Vice-Chair for the World Commission on Protected Areas.

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

This webinar originally aired on: 29 September 2016

This webinar was presented by Souha EL ASMI, Programme Officer at the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA – UNEP/MAP).

Advancing marine conservation, particularly through Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has been an important priority agenda in the Mediterranean, particularly for the past two decades. The Barcelona Convention in particular played a convening role and an important umbrella for a multitude of MPA initiatives in the region, with several actors increasing their efforts to support the achievement of the global 2012 MPA target and the subsequent Aichi Target. In this regard, its Contracting Parties have adopted in 2009 a “Regional Working Programme for the Coastal and Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean Sea including the High Sea”, and in 2016 a “Roadmap for a Comprehensive Coherent network of Well-Managed MPAs to Achieve Aichi Target 11 in the Mediterranean”.

The webinar will introduce these regional strategies and tools and highlight the efforts made in terms of marine and coastal protected areas establishment and management in the Mediterranean region.

This webinar originally aired on: 27 September 2016

This webinar was presented by Giuseppe di Carlo of WWF.

The webinar will address the current situation of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean, including challenges and opportunities. WWF has been supporting a number of Mediterranean MPAs in advancing towards effective management, coherent planning and capacity building for staff. WWF also founded MedPAN, the regional MPA network that today counts 100 members and partners from 18 countries. The webinar will present the complexity of the MPA system in the Mediterranean, highlight success stories and define immediate needs to achieve Aichi Target 11. 

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

This webinar originally aired on: 20 September 2016

This webinar was presented by Jonathan Clough and Marco Propato of Warren Pinnacle Consulting.

Conservation planning and management under accelerated sea level rise can be complicated by the numerous data sets available and the many needs, sometimes conflicting, that policymakers need to accommodate. Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc. with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has created a decision-support tool to assist policymakers in planning and prioritizing coastal marsh areas for adaptation and conservation. This tool accounts for environmental and socio-economic factors, protection of developed areas, and projections generated using the Sea-level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) along with their inherent uncertainty. A key feature of the tool is that stakeholders set the values that guide it. Stakeholders define the ranking and values of various wetland ecosystem services (qualitative and quantitative). These values are integrated with SLAMM predictions and applied to the parcels of currently existing and predicted future marsh lands. This presentation will focus on the development and an example application of the tool. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

This webinar originally aired on: 13 September 2016

This webinar was presented by Isabel Ender of Manta Trust and Andy Cornish of WWF.

WWF, Manta Trust, and Project Aware have collaborated to produce a guide to sustainable shark and ray tourism operations and factsheets that describe three shark and ray tourism sites that utilize MPAs and innovative financing. The webinar will introduce the new guide which is due to be released in late 2016, opportunities to take part in training on the guide, and the factsheets.

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