Effective management and conservation of natural resources, like our oceans, requires ecosystem-scale strategies based on sound, current and robust science that are built to adapt to change.  The Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies, or ACCESS, is a partnership Point Blue co-leads that does just this.

ACCESS was formed in 2004 as a multi-disciplanry collaborative between Point Blue and NOAA’s Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries.  It supports marine wildlife conservation and healthy marine ecosystems in northern and central California through scientific research that informs resource managers, policy makers and conservation partners.  ACCESS also works to coordinate private and governmental marine research at an ecosystem scale to addresses urgent local management needs.

Some of the main areas the ACCESS partnership focuses on include:

1) Improving wildlife conservation by identifying persistent locations of predator and prey aggregations or ‘hotspots’,

2) Informing ocean zoning by guiding human uses of the ocean to provide protection of wildlife hotspots and the marine ecosystem,

3) Recommending climate-smart conservation actions to mitigate the effects of climate change on the marine ecosystem,

4) Developing novel methods to monitor ocean acidification and document biological responses to local changes in ocean pH, and

5) Informing ecosystem-based management approaches by developing ecosystem indicators based on our long-term data sets. 

 

Visit the ACCESS partnership website to learn more, explore tools and get involved.