Reminder: Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will host a series of five webinars, listed below, which are open to the public. Each webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the dates shown below and last for approximately two hours.

  • January 12: Contents of the Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report; physical oceanography indicators (Toby Garfield & Chris Harvey)
  • January 14: Biological indicators (Chris Harvey & Greg Williams)
  • January 26: Human dimensions indicators (Karma Norman & Dan Holland)
  • January 28: Freshwater, estuarine and marine habitat indicators (Correigh Greene)
  • February 2: Risk assessments and applications of indicators to decision making. (Jameal Samhouri & Elliott Hazen)

Visit the “Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators to be held in January-February 2016” blog post to access background reading materials and information on how to join the webinars.

The webinars will be recorded.  The recordings from the webinars that have already taken place are available on the Council’s “Coordinated Ecosystem Review Initiative” webpage.

Each webinar will begin with a short presentation by the members of NOAA’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA) Team noted above, followed by a discussion facilitated by the EWG. In each of the last three years, the CCIEA Team has delivered an Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report that covers all aspects of the ecosystem from physical atmospheric and oceanic drivers up through impact on humans and anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystem. At each level of ecosystem interactions, the CCIEA Team developed indicators that either assess the status and trends of the ecosystem or the species response to these stressors. This series of webinars will review the indicator selection process and demonstrate those indicators chosen to track ecosystem changes and impacts to society.

Through these webinars, the EWG seeks input from Council advisory bodies and the public on the indicators presented in the Annual Report and how they can effectively support the Council’s goal of integrating ecosystem considerations into fishery management decisions.