California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program-Monitoring and Evaluation of California Marine Protected Areas

Award Period
to
Award Amount
$126,971
Agency Name
San Jose State University Research Foundation
Award Number
22-1509-6220-UCSB
PI First Name
Jennifer
PI Last Name
Caselle
MSI People
Area/s of Research
Ecology and Evolution
Abstract

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 2021.

 

  • Sampling to occur between August and November 30, 2021 in [Santa Barbara

              County] Carrington Point SMR; and [Ventura County] Anacapa Island SMR and State

              Marine Conservation Area

  • The data collection will be conducted using methods statistically compatible with

               data from the MLPA central coast Baseline Program.

 

Task 2: Participate in Statewide CCFRP Program.

In order to complete Task 1, partnerships in all statewide MLPA regions 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:

  • 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

  • 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.

              Deliverables: Production and delivery of: 1) data and metadata from 2021