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Webinar: Science to Support Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management of Coral Reef Ecosystems Across the US Pacific Islands.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 3:00

 

Wednesday April 11, 2018. 3:00 PM.   Webinar: Science to Support Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management of Coral Reef Ecosystems Across the US Pacific Islands. Rusy Brinard, PIFSC. Sponsored by  NOAA. More details here.

 

To provide the scientific underpinnings supporting implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM), the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program of NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center conducts interdisciplinary monitoring and applied research of coral reef ecosystems across >40 U.S. Pacific islands and atolls. Since 2000, we have collected integrated observations to investigate spatial patterns, temporal trends, trophic, biogeochemical, and climate processes, and human interactions influencing the coral reef ecosystems and fisheries to better inform fisheries management and conservation. Integrated ecosystem observations include: benthic habitat mapping, ecological surveys of the diversity, abundance, size, and distribution of reef fishes, corals, other invertebrates, algae, and microbial communities, and physical and chemical oceanographic measurements local reefs to archipelagic scales. Along with fisheries-dependent and socio-economic data, multivariate analyses of these interdisciplinary data streams and on-going development of end-to-end ecosystem models are used to inform archipelagic fisheries ecosystem plans by NOAA, the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council and State, Territorial, and NGO partners. Specifically, we will discuss how the ecosystem observations and models are being used to generate annual catch limits, ecosystem components, stock and integrated ecosystem assessments, essential fish and critical habitat designations, listing and recovery decisions, and development of climate and ecosystem considerations and indicators.

About the Speaker: Dr. Rusty Brainard has served NOAA for the past 36 years, including his present role leading the Habitat and Living Marine Resources Program of the Ecosystem Sciences Division at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Dr. Brainard completed a BS in Marine Science from Texas A&M (1981), and MS in Oceanography (1986) and PhD in Physical Oceanography (1994) from the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2000, he founded the PIFSC Coral Reef Ecosystem Program, an interdisciplinary, ecosystem-based research program that conducts integrated ecosystem observations, long-term monitoring and assessment, and applied research of coral reefs to support ecosystem-based management and conservation. His team monitors the distribution, abundance, diversity, and condition of fish, corals, other invertebrates, algae, and microbes in the context of their diverse benthic habitats, human pressures, and changing ocean conditions.

 

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