Collaborations abound as data collection continues
Annual reports are now available for Year 2 of the North Coast MPA Baseline Program. Click on the project of interest in the right column to get an overview of what researchers have been up to in this region.
NEW PARTNERSHIPS TO COLLECT BASELINE DATA
Scientists, fishermen, tribal governments, and citizen groups from 31 organizations are working together to develop a baseline of ocean conditions and human uses, inside and outside MPAs in this region.
From fishing surveys to underwater video, human use surveys to traditional knowledge, project leaders from across the region began their work in 2014 and will collect data through 2016.
Goin’ Fishin’: Scientists, Anglers and Charter Boat Captains are Teaming Up on Collaborative Fisheries Research Project
KELP FORESTS, DEEP REEFS, BEACHES, HUMAN USES AND MORE: A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE NORTH COAST
Projects are monitoring coastal and nearshore habitats (e.g. kelp forests, rocky shores and beaches), commercially important fish populations, and iconic seabirds. Projects are also documenting human uses and the socioeconomic dimensions of MPAs, including fishing patterns and recreational uses, and examining oceanographic conditions across the whole region.
Long-term monitoring in the North Coast will begin after the first five-year MPA management review of the regional MPA network in 2017.
Ocean Science Trust, in partnership with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, will begin planning for long-term monitoring in 2016.