Coastal Adaptation, Better Protected Areas, Whales and Crab Gear – Point Blue Science e-News May 2017Leave a Comment
Climate-Smart Coastal Planning
Dr. Maya Hayden is helping coastal communities plan for sea level rise and extreme storms. Recently, with the Our Coast Our Future partnership, she supported San Mateo County as they drafted their county-wide vulnerability assessment. See more success stories in the “case studies” tab on the Our Coast Our Future website.
We also provided input into California’s new science update on rising seas that urges planning now for the possibility of extreme increases (up to 10 feet) later this century.
Designing Better Protected Areas with Big Data
It’s hard to draw a boundary around an ecosystem, yet attempts are made when creating parks, preserves, and monuments. Our team, with the Klamath Bird Observatory, just published a study outlining a new approach to designing protected areas using big data. Results from this study influenced the 2017 decision to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument to include previously under-represented oak woodland and grassland habitats. Read more here.
A Killer Cruise!
Our ACCESS Oceans Partnership, with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries and others, links science to decision making around issues including fishing, ship strikes on whales, and maintaining the health of the ocean food web. This May we expanded our at-sea studies in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to identify whale feeding hot spots and reduce the increasingly high rates of entanglement with crab pot gear. See amazing footage of science in action, a baby octopus, and killer whales on this 4-day research cruise via the ACCESS Facebook page. Continue to follow ACCESS OCEANS for updates on upcoming cruises!
Point Blue also recently participated in federal and state planning meetings to guide new offshore wind energy leases along the West coast to avoid marine food web hotspots and minimize impacts on marine wildlife.