Citizen Science 5.19.09

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Citizen Science 5.19.09

  1. 1. C Kenneth Kopp Cyndi Dawson Director of Science California ProgramReef Check Foundation
  2. 2.  Reduced budgets and lack of staff resources in agencies Increasing data needs for implementation of EBM Implementation of adaptive management Increasing stressors on marine environment
  3. 3.  Use immersion learning to build a constituency of citizen scientists Reef Check teams are in over 90 countries and territories worldwide Citizen scientists support improved management of marine ecosystems California program started in 2005 to monitor rocky reef ecosystem
  4. 4. End User =Decision Makers Reef Check Scientists Science Advisory Team DataQuality/Scientific Rigor + = Volunteer Demographic Experienced Divers Scientific Information MEETINGS Outreach Management System + + AND RELATIONSHIPS Reports
  5. 5.  Government  State (e.g. Department of Fish and Game)  Federal (e.g. National Marine Sanctuaries) Academic Research Programs Scientific Dive Programs  Universities and Aquaria Industry  Dive Shops  Charter Operators
  6. 6. MLPA Goals related to RCCA Monitoring biological monitoring Protect Habitat  Habitat characterization Conserve diversity  Density of indicator species Protect populations  Size structure for selected organisms (abalone, urchin, fishes) Help depleted fisheries?  Inside/outside site selection
  7. 7. 10 15 20 25 5 0 HOPKINS LOVERS MACABEE MONASTERY OTTER_PT Site richness PESCADERO Fishes STILLWATER WESTON RCCA PISCO 10 12 14 16 18 20 0 2 4 6 8 HOPKINS LOVERS MACABEE MONASTERY OTTER_PT Site richness PESCADERO STILLWATERInvertebratesand Seaweed WESTON RCCA PISCO
  8. 8. Small Medium Small Medium Small Large Medium 100 120 60 20 40 80 0 Large Medium Small Small Large Small Large Medium Medium Small Medium Small Small Large Large Medium Medium DVAC OYT Small Small Large Large Large Medium Medium Small Small Large Medium Medium Medium Small Large Large Large Small Medium Small Medium Small Large Large Large Medium Small Medium Small Large Pile SP Blk.SP Green. Sen. PCLA PCLA OCAL Medium Large Medium Medium Small 100 120 60 20 40 80 Large Small Large 0 Medium Small Small Medium HDEC OELO GNIG OELO EJAC OYT ELAT RTOX RTOX OELO SATR Medium Medium Large Large HCAR ELAT OYT OCAL PCLA HCAR RTOX HDEC SATR GNIG SCARDVAC SATR Large Large Large Small Small Small Small SmallRCCA PISCO Medium Medium OYT SCAU Medium Medium SCAR EJAC SCAR HDEC Medium Large Large Large Small Small Small Small Medium Medium ELAT SCAU PCLA OCAL Medium SCHR Medium SCAU Large Large Large Large Small Small Small Medium Medium Small Medium SCHR GNIG Medium SMAR Large Large Large Medium Large Medium Small Small Large Small Large Medium Medium OYT Medium Medium SMEL Small Large Medium Large SATR Large Large Medium Small Large Small Small Large Small Medium Small Medium Small Medium Large Medium SMYS Medium Large Kelp RF Gop. RF Stp. SP B&YRF Blk. RF Blue RF SCAR Medium Small RTOX HCAR SMEL PCLA SMYS Large Large Large Small OELOSCHR SMAR SMAR HDECSMEL OCAL Large
  9. 9.  As new tools like MPAs are implemented as part of fisheries management, data needs will increase Data quality has been established and is continually assessed Partnerships multiply resources and lower costs, increasing spatial and temporal scope Volunteers are engaged and supportive of science based management Approach can be repeated in other systems/regions
  10. 10. Acknowledgements• California Coastal Marine Initiative of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, California Ocean Protection Council/State Coastal Conservancy, Quiksilver Foundation, Body Glove, SIMA, UCSB Shoreline Preservation Fund, Patagonia, Campbell Foundation, Code Blue• Scientific Review Team• Reef Check volunteers worldwide
  11. 11. www.reefcheck.org

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