West Coast Entanglement Science Workshop

A 5-PART VIRTUAL SERIES | AUGUST 25-SEPT 3 

The Entanglement Science Workshop will inform development of management strategies to reduce whale and sea turtle entanglement risk within US West Coast fixed-gear fisheries. The event is being co-hosted by The Nature Conservancy and the California Ocean Protection Council, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and state fishery managers from California, Oregon and Washington.

The workshop will feature presentations by researchers and targeted discussions with invited fishery managers and fishing industry and NGO stakeholders actively working to reduce risk of entanglement in West Coast fisheries. The workshop will be held as a 5-part series of virtual modules over the course of two weeks, August 25th-September 3rd. Participation in all modules is encouraged, but not mandatory.

 

 

 

 

 

Through a combination of presentations and discussions, workshop participants will:

⇒ Review and preview the best available science on understanding, preventing, and reducing entanglement risk in West Coast fixed-gear fisheries. This research spans the range of marine species of management concern (humpback whales, blue whales, leatherback sea turtles), including monitoring and forecasting species movements, oceanographic and forage conditions, socioeconomics, fishing dynamics, and management strategy evaluation.

⇒ Identify near-term opportunities to apply best available science to management frameworks, including Conservation Plans in Dungeness crab fisheries, as well as possible use in additional West Coast fixed-gear fisheries.

⇒ Identify research needs to improve application of available science to management frameworks and opportunities for improved coordination and collaboration amongst researchers, managers, fishing industry and NGOs, across West Coast states

⇒ Discuss opportunities to overcome barriers to gear innovation through a special session on gear innovation. The recorded workshop will result in a public report featuring presentation summaries, discussion highlights & outcomes.

West Coast Entanglement Science Workshop

MODULE 1: TUESDAY, AUGUST 25TH | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Management frameworks for entanglement risk 
  • Forecasting and monitoring marine species dynamics (Part I)

Module 1 Agenda

Module 1 Presentation Abstracts

Workshop Agenda at a Glance

Presentations

Module 1 Presentations Recording

MODULE 2: THURSDAY, AUGUST 27TH | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Forecasting and monitoring marine species dynamics (Part II)
  • Understanding fishing dynamics

Module 2 Agenda

Module 2 Presentation Abstracts

Workshop Agenda at a Glance

Module 2 Presentations Recording

Presentations

MODULE 3: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Understanding metrics for entanglement science
  • Social and economic dimensions of managing entanglements

Module 3 Agenda

Module 3 Presentation Abstracts

Workshop Agenda at a Glance

Presentations

Module 3 Presentations Recording

MODULE 4: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Special Topic: Overcoming barriers to gear innovations

Module 4 Agenda

Workshop Agenda at a Glance

Presentations

Module 4 Presentations Recording

MODULE 5: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Understanding and framing risk and tradeoff decisions
  • Synthesis and next steps

Module 5 Agenda

Module 5 Presentation Abstracts

Workshop Agenda at a Glance

Presentations

Module 5 Presentations Recording

Note: Oceanographic and forage research included in ‘forecasting and monitoring marine species dynamics’.

Entanglement Science Workshop Resources

 

Please contact the Workshop Planning Team with any questions at entanglementscience@gmail.com

 

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OPC Staff Contact: Paige Berube; paige.berube@resources.ca.gov