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Changing Ocean Conditions: Understanding El Niño’s Impacts on California’s Living Marine Resources Through Ocean Observations

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
9:30-11:30 AM
California State Library, Room 500 Sacramento
900 N St, Sacramento, CA 95814

WebEx (for viewing/listening purposes only)

Call-in toll-free number: 1-(888) 942-7803 (access code: 514 235 6) (for listening purposes only)

* The Ocean Protection Council meeting will follow at 1PM at the Natural Resources Agency Auditorium. *

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center states there is a greater than 90% chance that present El Niño conditions will continue through the winter, and greater than 85% chance that conditions persist through early Spring 2016. The California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) and other ocean observing programs have documented the effects of past El Niño on California’s living marine resources. Knowledge of past effects and future predictions can inform decisions.

This workshop will focus on the past and forecast effects of El Niño on California’s high-value fisheries. A panel of experts will address climate effects on management of nearshore and coastal fisheries to understand how additional ocean observation research and analysis could lead to better management during future El Niño conditions.

Workshop Goals:

  • Describe effects of past El Niño on California’s living marine resources
  • Explore needs for enhanced observing and analysis of predicted El Niño
  • Discuss opportunities for science-informed action on living marine resources in the face of the predicted El Niño

AGENDA

9:30 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks
John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency and Catherine Kuhlman, Deputy Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy, California Natural Resources Agency, and Executive Director, California Ocean Protection Council

9:45 AM – Overview of El Niño, Past Impacts on California’s Living Marine Resources during El Niño and the Role of Ocean Observing and CalCOFI (California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations)

10:00 AM – How Observations Inform Management and Group Discussion

10:20 AM – El Niño Impacts on California’s Living Marine Resources

  • Dungeness Crab, Spiny Lobster and Red Abalone
  • Market Squid
  • Salmon

10:50 AM – Conclusions and Use of Observations in Public Education

11:00 AM – Group Discussion

11:25 AM – Closing
Catherine Kuhlman, Deputy Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy, California Natural Resources Agency, and Executive Director, California Ocean Protection Council

Panelists:
Dr. Dave Checkley, Director of CalCOFI and Professor of Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Dr. Dan Rudnick, Professor of Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Dr. Cheryl Peach, Director, Scripps Educational Alliances, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Service and CalCOFI Committee Member
Dr. Emmanis Dorval, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service, La Jolla Laboratory
Dr. Nate Mantua, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service, Santa Cruz Laboratory
Anna Holder, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Coastal Pelagic/Highly Migratory Species Project

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