Ecology, Oceanography, and Proximity: Taking the first steps towards evaluating MPA objectives

Session ID#: 28692

Session Description:
Ecological monitoring in marine protected areas (MPAs) is occurring throughout the world. Despite differing objectives among protected areas, these ecological monitoring data are critical for the evaluation of efficacy and can affect management decisions in the near- and short-term. Further, incorporating local and larger-scale oceanographic data sets into ecological assessments could have profound impacts when evaluating protection. Many protected area networks are reaching critical benchmarks of evaluation and would benefit from sharing valuable approaches to ecological analyses and syntheses. Often times these networks are not arranged in isolation but are adjacent to other networks with potentially different objectives. Data sets from proximate areas can be advantageous to evaluation among neighboring networks. This session seeks examples of the application of environmental and ecological monitoring data sets to: (a) inform evaluations of MPA performance, (b) integrate data sets across adjoining (or nearby) MPA networks, and (c) the application of oceanographic data and how larger-scale changes may affect protected areas, or how protected areas may buffer against these changes.
Primary Chair:  Ashley Knight, Oregon State University, Marine Studies Initiative, Corvallis, OR, United States
Co-Chair:  Lindsay Aylesworth, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Reserves Program, Newport, OR, United States
Index Terms:
  • EP - Ecology and Physical Interactions
  • ED - Education, Outreach and Policy
  • F - Fisheries
  • ME - Marine Ecosystems

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Sara Nadine Wilson1, Daniele D'Agostino2, David A Feary2 and Michael L Berumen3, (1)King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, (2)University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, (3)King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Red Sea Research Center, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Juan Carlos Villasenor-Derbez1, Caio Faro1, Fiorenza Micheli2, Melaina Wright1, Jael Martinez1, Sean Fitzgerald1, Stuart Fulton3, Maria del Mar Mancha Cisneros4, Gavin McDonald5, Alvin Suarez6, Jorge Torre6 and Chris Costello1, (1)University of California Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Santa Barbara, CA, United States, (2)Hopkins Marine Station/ Stanford University, Pacific Grove, CA, United States, (3)Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C., Puerto Morelos, Mexico, (4)Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, United States, (5)University of California Santa Barbara, Sustainable Fisheries Group, Santa Barbara, CA, United States, (6)Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C., Guaymas, Mexico
Jonathan P. Williams1, Jeremy Claisse2, Dan Pondella1, Chelsea Munoz Williams1 and Matthew Robart1, (1)Occidental College, Vantuna Research Group, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (2)California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Biological Sciences, Pomona, CA, United States
Virgil Zetterlind1, Jennifer Sletten1, Mordechai Treiger1, Alex Drieger1, Timothe Vincent1 and Mimi D'Iorio2, (1)ProtectedSeas, Menlo Park, CA, United States, (2)NOAA, Monterey, CA, United States
Sizakele Sibanda, University of Cape Town, United States
Dan P Robinette1, Nadav Nur2, Julie Howar2 and Jaime Jahncke2, (1)Point Blue Conservation Science, Lompoc, CA, United States, (2)Point Blue Conservation Science, Petaluma, CA, United States
Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States
Eve Robinson, Humboldt State University, Trinidad, CA, United States; California Ocean Science Trust, Oakland, CA, United States and Eric Bjorkstedt, NOAA Fisheries, Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Department of Fisheries Biology, Humboldt State University, CA, United States
Ciara Sinead Roche Willis1,2, Christina Hernandez1, Randi Rotjan3, Jan Witting4, Simon Thorrold1 and Joel Llopiz5, (1)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (2)Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, (3)Boston University, Boston, MA, United States, (4)Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (5)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Biology Department, Woods Hole, MA, United States
Dirk David Rosen, Marine Applied Research and Exploration, Richmond, CA, United States and Andrew R Lauermann, Marine Applied Research & Exploration, Eureka, CA, United States
Corey Garza, California State University Monterey Bay, School Of Natural Sciences, Seaside, CA, United States and Steven Yitzchak Litvin, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA, United States
Cherisse Du Preez1, Tammy Norgard2, Candice St Germain1, Erika Anderson2, Sharon Jeffery2 and Jackson Chu1, (1)Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Institute for Ocean Sciences, Sidney, BC, Canada, (2)Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, BC, Canada