Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network (EMB) Webinars (several)

The EBM Tools Network is pleased to announce that it will co-host:

 

Webinar: Designing and Managing MPAs for Sharks and Rays

Presented by: Andy Cornish of WWF

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 4, 10 am US EDT/7 am PDT/2 pm UTC

Description: Overfishing is a major threat to the world’s 1,200+ species of sharks and rays, and many elasmobranch populations are in decline. Spatial protection in combination with other forms of management is a potent but underutilized tool for protecting them. WWF and James Cook University recently produced A Practical Guide to the Effective Design and Management of MPAs for Sharks and Rays following an extensive review of the effectiveness of existing MPAs for sharks and elasmobranch movement studies. The guide covers the use of spatial protection in coastal and offshore fisheries to reduce fisheries mortality of sharks to sustainable levels and to recover depleted populations. It is targeted at fisheries managers, academics, and NGOs alike. Dr Andy Cornish, leader of WWF’s global shark program and co-author of the MPA guide, will introduce the tool and interactive case studies as well as a companion guide, the Rapid Assessment Toolkit for Sharks and Rays.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nnJg9-s3TEWdjI8gTOKLSA

Upcoming EBM Tools Network events:

Webinar: Management and evolution give hope to coral reefs facing the effects of climate change

Presented by: Madhavi Colton of the Coral Reef Alliance and Tim Walsworth of Utah State University

Date/Time: Thursday, August 1, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Description: A new study just published in Nature Climate Change shows that management that takes evolution and adaptation into account can help rescue coral reefs from the effects of climate change. The results indicate that managing reefs to facilitate evolution today and in the future can enhance their prospects for long-term survival. Key to successful evolution is management that improves local conditions for reefs by effectively reducing local stressors, such as overfishing and water pollution. Contrary to approaches that are popular today, such as focusing protection on reefs in cooler water, the study shows that protecting diverse reef habitat types across a spectrum of ocean conditions is key to helping corals adapt to climate change. This means creating managed area networks that contain a diversity of coral types and habitats and that effectively reduce local stressors. You can read the paper online at https://go.nature.com/2J0e8XU or download

it at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0518-5.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pJqz1gSQRYGuYvia1nVlHg

 

 Webinar: New technologies to revolutionize sustainable fishing in the digital age: EDF’s Smart Boat Initiative

Presented by: Katie Westfall and Rod Fujita of EDF
Date/Time: 
Thursday, August 22, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Description: Pioneering technologies and new platforms can turn fishing vessels into “smart boats” and redefine fishing and how we manage fisheries – leading to greater efficiency, profitability, and sustainability. This webinar will explore EDF’s vision for revolutionizing sustainable fishing in the digital age, share experiences from testing technologies on the water, and provide a glimpse into the Smart Boat Initiative’s next steps. The webinar will also offer a deeper dive into some of the resources and tools available to fisheries practitioners as part of the Smart Boat initiative. EDF is excited to share updates and information on this exciting new initiative, and we look forward to hearing from participants about how they are using technology to solve sustainability challenges in their own fisheries.
Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Mv5oVZg1RzW5Y4lVoTfCEw

 

 

Webinar: Sargassum Watch System warns of incoming seaweed

Presented by: Chuanmin Hu of the University of South Florida

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 27, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Description: The Sargassum Watch System (SaWS) uses satellite data and numerical models to detect and track pelagic Sargassum in near-real time. Sargassum is a pelagic seaweed that floats on the ocean surface and is abundant in the Intra-Americas Sea, the Atlantic, and along the coast of Europe. In the ocean, it provides an important habitat for many marine animals. On shore, it serves as fertilizer for sand dunes and biomass for food and fuel. Excessive amounts of Sargassum on beaches in populated areas can cause problems, however. Sargassum decomposition on beaches smells bad, attracts insects, smothers turtle nesting sites, and causes fish kills, in addition to diminishing tourism. Annual Sargassum inundation events are currently occurring annually along the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean coasts. SaWS monitors Sargassum distribution and abundance in the ocean to aid the study of ocean ecology, help fisheries management, and forecast Sargassum beaching events.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rpcnS14jRjOfqdmI0Ke3AA

Webinar: EcoCast: A dynamic ocean management tool to reduce bycatch and support sustainable fisheries

Presented by: Elliott Hazen and Heather Welch of NOAA and the University of California Santa Cruz

Date/Time: Thursday, October 31, 1 pm US EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm UTC

Description: Dynamic ocean management (DOM) is emerging as a solution to the challenge of spatially managing species and human activities that are dynamic in space and time. DOM strategies use real-time data on environmental conditions to design management boundaries that rapidly adjust in response to the shifting nature of the ocean and its biodiversity. This webinar introduces the fisheries sustainability tool EcoCast and explores the process of building, validating, operationalizing, maintaining, and forecasting with a dynamic ocean management tool. Join this webinar to learn about some of the challenges, solutions, and considerations of applied dynamic ocean management.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rDZ7R2vfRRSwkyW-1oGxng

 

 
 

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