Protected Species Assessment Workshop (PSAW) III
NOAA Fisheries will be hosting the third National Protected Species Assessment Workshop (PSAW III) March 28-30, 2023 with the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida.
The Office of Science and Technology will be hosting the third National Protected Species Assessment Workshop (PSAW III) March 28-30, 2023 with the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida. The goal of PSAW is to help share the latest advances, challenges, and solutions in protected species science and foster collaboration among scientists from different offices and programs within NOAA Fisheries and collaborators.
Assessments represent the core science products used to inform protected species management decisions. Significant advances in assessments are being made by each NOAA Fisheries Science Center, and sharing information in small sessions will improve our collective ability to adapt and adopt new approaches.
Assessments of all protected species are relevant to PSAW including corals, sturgeon, elasmobranchs, marine mammals, sea turtles, sea birds, salmon, and other invertebrate and vertebrate taxa.
Theme: The overall theme for PSAW III is Integration in Protected Species Assessments. The workshop will take place over three days:
- Day 1 - Optional Student Outreach/DEI Half-Day: Introduction to Protected Species Assessments & Opportunities at NOAA Fisheries (Co-hosted by Florida International University, FIU)
- Day 2 - Integrating Novel Data Types and Analytical Methods
- Day 3 - Integrating Increasing Anthropogenic Impacts
Venue: The half-day student outreach/DEI session will take place at FIU’s Marine Science Building, Biscayne Bay Campus. The main workshop will take place on Day 2 and 3 will be located at the Kovens Conference Center on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.
Agenda: The meeting agenda is in development and will be posted once abstracts have been submitted and reviewed. Any questions can be sent to the lead workshop coordinator, Erin McMichael (firstname.lastname@example.org). The workshop will include keynote talks, plenary presentations, group discussions, oral presentations, a poster session, and plenty of opportunities to meet up with your colleagues. Continue to check the website for updates to the workshop agenda.
For this workshop, we are specifically seeking presentations that address the following session topics:
Session 1: Introduction to Protected Species Assessments & Opportunities at NOAA Fisheries
This student-focused/DEI optional half-day afternoon session will include presentations and discussions on all aspects of NOAA Fisheries’ protected species assessment process with undergraduate and graduate students at FIU and other nearby academic institutions (e.g., UM, NOVA, FAU, UF). All interested participants are welcome and we hope that NOAA Fisheries personnel and collaborators will consider sharing their contributions to the assessment process, from survey design to implementing and assessing management and recovery plans. We will also discuss student internship and scholarship opportunities at NOAA Fisheries, as well as resume and job interview tips. We will have agency scientists, managers, and affiliates available to answer questions and discuss a wide variety of marine focused career options, including those at NOAA Fisheries.
Session 2: Integrating Novel Data Types - ‘Omics and Acoustics
Protected species assessments increasingly rely on integrating novel data types to enhance assessment capabilities, answer key science and management questions, and fill in data gaps. This session focuses on incorporating data from ‘omics and acoustics into assessments, particularly to quantify abundance and distribution and monitor changes that occur. We will discuss recent advances that have contributed to an increasing reliance on acoustic data and highlight the use of acoustics to assess anthropogenic impacts such as ocean noise. Contributors are also invited to highlight the use of ‘omics in current and future assessments and discuss benefits and challenges associated with ‘omics. Lastly, we welcome contributions on integrating ‘omics and acoustics into analytical models.
Session 3: Integrating New and Increasing Anthropogenic Impacts
Innovation and adaptation of analytical methods are a key avenue for improving estimates of abundance and risk for protected species assessments, particularly given finite resources and capabilities for data collection. Investigators are invited to share analytical advances that integrate multiple data sources or types, support data-limited assessment, reduce bias, better characterize uncertainty, or increase efficiency. Contributions may span a range of shared challenges, such as accounting for unobserved or unobservable bycatch, accommodating variable distributions and dynamics of populations, attributing impacts to component populations in mixed stock situations, or evaluating the tradeoffs for automating analyses, to name a few.
Session 4: Impacts of Marine Development
Protected species are facing unprecedented impacts from new and increasing marine development activities. Understanding these impacts (both direct and cascading) is crucial to the conservation and recovery of imperiled species. This session
focuses on integrating impacts from non-fisheries sectors such as offshore wind development, oil spill response, and aquaculture. Contributors are invited to share their experiences with addressing science and management needs. Participants will discuss what data are lacking both regionally and nationally, what additional assessments are needed, and if we have the necessary tools to meet these needs. How can we further integrate protected species assessments into cross-disciplinary impact assessments to help address needs? Lastly, we will discuss how new and increasing marine development may impact our ability to conduct traditional protected species assessments.
Deep Water Horizon Breakout Session - This breakout session will focus on lessons learned from the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill and restoration efforts and welcome presentations that address the following: (a) developing an assessment framework to evaluate the impacts of restoration actions across resource types, (b) incorporating monitoring data, external drivers and stressors into these evaluation frameworks, and (c) feasible qualitative or quantitative methods to examine patterns and trends across multiple parameters to better understand ecosystem level processes.
Session 5: Incorporating Impacts From a Changing Climate
Changing ocean and climate conditions are affecting protected species in a variety of ways. Changes in distribution, abundance, and composition have already been reported for some marine species. In addition, impacts from climate change are projected to continue into the future and in many cases are expected to become more extreme. This session will include oral presentations as well as a panel discussion that address a range of topics examining the role and effects of climate change on protected species assessments, including: (1) knowledge gaps that interfere with management’s ability to make informed decisions, (2) advanced technology and/or tools that can help to fill key data gaps and the considerations associated with their use, and (3) cross-discipline efforts to improve climate impact analyses and protected species assessments to inform conservation and management decisions.
Session 6: Poster Session
PSAW III will include a poster session focusing on any topic related to protected species assessments, including topics covered during individual sessions. Posters will be displayed during Day 2 and 3 at the Kovens Center. We look forward to having a wide variety of poster presentations and will have dedicated times for presenters to interact with other workshop attendees. We encourage interested students to take advantage of this opportunity to share their own work with protected species both within the US and internationally.
Abstract submission: General abstract submission opens November 22, 2022. While oral presentations are limited to NOAA personnel, affiliates, and collaborators, the poster session is open to all interested parties, including students. If you are interested in presenting, please submit your abstract(s) by Thursday December 21, 2022 Midnight, Hawaii Time. Abstracts should include a short title, list of authors and affiliations, preference for oral, poster or speed presentation, and a description that is no more than 250 words long. Abstracts should clearly state how the presentation addresses the chosen session topic(s). Presenters will be notified of abstract acceptance by January 10, 2023.
Registration is free: If you plan to attend any sessions during PSAW III (either in-person or view via webex, please register here. Once abstracts have been accepted, a workshop registration and presentation confirmation form will be circulated.
Training Sessions: Although the in-person portion of PSAW III had been delayed due to covid travel restrictions we were able to host several virtual training sessions in early 2022. For more information and access to the recorded training sessions, please contact email@example.com.
Accommodations: TBD, more information to come.
Group Travel: If you are a NOAA federal employee, please submit your information to the NOAA NMFS group travel data call request here by Friday January 13, 2023, Midnight, Hawaii Time. F/ST will submit the group travel request after abstracts are selected and confirmed.
Logistics: Please check this page often for updates on workshop logistics including agenda and speakers.
Steering Committee: If you have questions, please contact Erin McMichael (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your local Steering Committee member:
- Erin McMichael, Lead Workshop Coordinator, F/ST (Co-Chair Session 4)
- Lesley Stokes, SEFSC (Co-Chair Session 1 and 4)
- Genevieve Davis, NEFSC (Co-Chair Session 2)
- Debra Palka, NEFSC (Co-Chair Session 2)
- Alex Curtis, SWFSC (Co-Chair Session 3)
- Chris Jordan, NWFSC (Co-Chair Session 3)
- Nancy Friday, AFSC (Co-Chair Session 5)
- Caroline Good, OPR (Co-Chair Session 5)
- Suzie Teerlink, WCRO (Chair Poster Session)