Task 1: Conduct collaborative fisheries monitoring data collection in the Santa Barbara channel and northern Channel islands portion South coast MLPA region in the Kelp & Shallow Rock Ecosystems (0-30 m) and Mid-depth Rock Ecosystems (30-100 m) in 2019.
- Meet with participating fishermen, agency staff, and scientists in the South Coast MLPA region to select appropriate MPAs and reference sites for monitoring. Coordination with CDFW and consortium partners on current analyses that prioritize sites for data collection will be important part or outreach discussions with partners.
- Select two MPA and reference site pairs in the in the Santa Barbara channel and/or northern Channel islands portion South coast MLPA region from an established list of monitoring sites. Selection of sites is linked directly to sites selected by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the MPA Management Program.
- Train staff and citizen scientists in CCFRP methods used to monitor MPAs.
- Trained staff and citizen scientists will conduct collaborative fisheries monitoring in in 2 MPA/reference pairs in the Santa Barbara channel or northern Channel islands portion South coast MLPA region.
- Work collaboratively with partner scientists, fishermen, and volunteer anglers to create the foundations for development of a statewide consortium for future research. ">
The data collection will be conducted using methods statistically compatible with data from the MLPA central coast Baseline Program for the 2017 field season (~ June – October). The suite of sites selected will serve as the foundation for discussions with the stakeholders to prioritize sites for the MPA Monitoring Program Phase 2 long-term monitoring.
Task 2: Participate in Program Development.
In order to complete Task 1, partnerships in all statewide MLPA regions will need to be developed and current partnerships will need to be effectively maintained. Active communication with partners and a common understanding of the project goals and objectives and consensus on the approaches to data collection will need to be reached. To accomplish this, the UCSB team will:
- Help identify people and organizations interested in collaborating on the MLPA collaborative fisheries monitoring work.
- Participate in meetings with interested fishing community leaders, agency staff and academic researchers. Topics at the meetings will cover scientific objectives, the need for collaboration, scientific and social benefits of the collaboration, and how the collaborative monitoring has worked historically in the Central MLPA region.
- Leverage core collaborators from meetings to enlist a large group of volunteer anglers to collect monitoring data in the South coast MLPA regions.
- Actively communicate with current and new citizen science collaborators by assisting the lead team with posting information on websites, social media outlets, sending out newsletters and holding annual meetings with volunteers. ">
Task 3: Participate in Analysis and Reporting for the 2022 MPA network evaluation
- Ensure that all data are entered and QA/QCed in a timely fashion following each field season
- Assist with analyses on MPA performance using the CA MPA Monitoring Action Plan as a guide to relevant questions
- Assist other PIs with report writing and dissemination of results.