If you’re interested in the use of social media for science communication and public engagement, feel free to follow my shiny new Twitter account (http://twitter.com/kightpat), where I’ll be reporting/commenting from ScienceOnline Oceans in Miami this coming weekend.  Assuming the conference hotel wifi can stand up to the traffic from  200+ Tweeters …

Advisory Council – Merritt Tuttle: Sea Grant’s new Confluence publication looks at people’s attitudes toward preparing for a coastal tsunami, and quotes Sea Grant’s Pat Corcoran : “Until there is a behavioral change, my job isn’t done.” That’s true for Sea Grant, too.

Tuttle advised Sea Grant to:

  • Seek someone from the South Coast to fill one of the Advisory Council vacancies. Without an Extension Sea Grant presence in that area since the retirement of Jim Waldvogel, we run the risk of losing touch with, and support from, people on the South Coast.
  • Solicit advisers with expertise beyond fisheries – a banker, for instance – to add breadth to the council
  • Look for ties with experts in pharmacy, chemistry or toxicology to help  us address some of the issues of toxic runoff, pharmaceutical water pollution and other chemical/biological threats to marine resources

Issue area discussions:

Small groups gathered to consider:

  • What are the big ideas and issues we need to address?
  • Where can we strengthen our program?
  • How do we continue to integrate all aspects of Sea Grant to address these issues?
  • What can Sea Grant do to help?

Photos from the meeting:

Multiple Uses & Spatial Planning

Sea Grant Topical page

Harold Batchelder

Realized and Potential Larval Connectivity Along the Oregon Coast

Presentation:

 

For several years Oregon has begun to think about implementing marine reserves or marine protected areas in the Oregon territorial sea. This project attempts to understand how effective these areas are in doing what they are meant to do.

Bachelder’s team is looking at the role marine reserves, which provide refuges for adult animals, might play in the propagation of juvenile animals that move away from the refuge source and travel over  time to other parts of the sea.

Many factors control real and potential larval connectivity: e.g., time, the size of destination regions, population numbers and fecundity, how long the larvae survive, etc.

“We want to know are the reserves functioning in a way that allow the adults to move out of the reserves and occupy other locations.” Are more larvae moving from one area to another, or are some areas largely “self-seeding”?

This project will use more common larval forms of benthic invertebrates (mainly crabs and barnacles) and data from current and previous plankton sampling to understand where these animals could have gone had they not been  caught for sampling. Sophisticated models of several different kinds of data will help identify the source and probable destination of larvae. Results will be communicated with managers and used in HMSC activities.