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Webinar: Sustaining Marine Protected Area Benefits In a Changing Ocean: A Call To Action from the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee
Thursday, 14 March 2019, 1:00
Thursday, March 14, 2019. 1:00PM. Webinar: Sustaining Marine Protected Area Benefits In a Changing Ocean: A Call To Action from the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. Brian Baird, Coastal States Stewardship Foundation; Samantha Murray, Scripps Institution; Mark Carr, UC Santa Cruz; and Charlie Wahle, NOAA. Sponsored by NOAA. More information here.
The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC) provides recommendations to the US Departments of Commerce (NOAA) and Interior on ways to ensure the effective design, establishment and adaptive management of the nation's MPAs. Created in 2003 and reauthorized by the White House in 2017, the Committee comprises 20 members representing diverse sectors and interests in ocean matters. In 2018, the Committee was directed to document examples of the ecological, economic and cultural benefits provided by federal and other MPAs around the country, and to recommend specific actions that should be undertaken by MPA agencies to sustain those benefits in the face of rapidly changing ocean conditions and uses.
After a thorough investigation, the MPAFAC found extensive, and sometimes surprising, examples of benefits from existing MPAs, including: ecological resilience; coastal storm protection; revenue from ocean tourism and recreation; cultural and historical education; diverse public engagement in ocean conservation; and capacity-building for local ocean decision-makers. The Committee also provided specific recommendations for sustaining MPA benefits, including a unanimous call to "Fully support, fund, maintain, evaluate and adaptively manage the nation's MPAs ...". In this webinar, three of the Committee's leaders, and the NOAA liaison, will provide an overview of the Committee's findings and rec