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Webinar: Facilitating Conservation and Management of Deep-Sea Corals and Sponge Ecosystems through Partnerships, Education, and Outreach

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Thursday, 06 February 2020, 3:30

Thursday, February 6, 2020. 3:30PM. Webinar: Facilitating Conservation and Management of Deep-Sea Corals and Sponge Ecosystems through Partnerships, Education, and Outreach. Lizzie Duncan, NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Sponsored by NOAA Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program. More information here

 

Conservation is both a social and biological challenge where public support of policy measures can be the key to implementation success. With human and environmental stressors on the rise, particularly with the increasing and competing uses of the world's oceans, creating effective conservation management systems is crucial to ensure the health of many nations' marine resources. Generally, garnering public support to sustain vulnerable ecosystems can be challenging, but this is particularly true for remote ecosystems such as deep-sea coral and sponge communities. However, advancements in the tools and technology available to both researchers and educators have increased the public's' access to the deep-sea. This presentation explores the resources and partnerships available to the United States West Coast Deep-Sea Coral Initiative (WCDSCI; 2018-2021) that will support the research, education, and outreach objectives of the research program. Examples include the National Marine Sanctuaries' free online deep-sea community curricula, SeaSketch's web-based interactive mapping tools, at-sea tele-presence technologies, and partnerships with aquaria with deep-sea exhibitions. Ultimately, education and outreach targeting both the public and managers will provide decision makers with the best available information about deep-sea corals, sponges, and fishes.

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