The first Annual Collaborative Climate Science Workshop connects staff and advisors from NOAA Fisheries, NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. The goal of this workshop is to identify regional climate-related management questions and the science and data needed to inform solutions.
This workshop is a component of the Pacific Islands Regional Action Plan for climate science. The five-year plan includes steps to better track, forecast, and incorporate information on changing conditions into marine resource management. This will provide managers with the timely information they need to reduce impacts from a changing climate and to increase the resilience of fish stocks, fishing-dependent communities, protected species, and habitats.
A first step in implementing the PIRAP is to identify what information is needed by resource managers and what scientific research and data are available or in development. Then, we can identify areas where we're able to meet information needs and where we need to direct our efforts. Additionally, this workshop aims to identify synergies and gaps that can be addressed through the PIRAP's implementation. The information gathered through this workshop will lead to science-based strategies that sustain fisheries, healthy ecosystems, and coastal communities.
For more information, contact: Phoebe Woodworth-Jefcoats.