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Evaluation of Methods for Long Term monitoring for the State of California

Award Period: 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Award Amount: 

$79 161

Agency Name: 

California Ocean Protection Council

Award Number: 

C0750600

PI First Name: 

Jennifer

PI last name: 

Caselle

Area/s of Research: 

Abstract: 

The overarching goal of the project is to conduct a methodological comparison of existing data collected in and out of MPAs throughout the state in shallow (<20m) and mid-depth (30-100m) rocky ecosystems to inform long-term statewide monitoring.  For shallow depths, we will focus on comparing results from the two primary scuba programs (PISCO and CA Reefcheck).  For midwater depths we will gather existing data from drop cameras, hook and line surveys and shallow ROV surveys.  Nearshore SCUBA time series are long enough to allow an evaluation of suitability of the data streams for long-term MPA evaluation.  Mid-depth data sets will focus on benefits and limitation of various tools used in these habitats. The results of the project will inform the MPA Action Plan which guide long-term monitoring to evaluate the performance of the MPA Network at meeting the goals of the Marine Life Management Act.