Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Peter A. Nelson, Ph.D.

Collaborative Fisheries Research West

Using citizen science to inform conservation, fisheries science & management

Wednesday — June 1, 2011
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

The California Ocean Protection Council recently funded a new program, Collaborative Fisheries Research West, to develop partnerships between fishermen, resource managers, and scientists. The goals are to complete marine research that advances fisheries management, and to promote stewardship in coastal communities. Local ecological knowledge held by fishermen as well as their technical expertise offers both natural resources management and academic science critical but oft neglected resources to improve policy and further science. These partnerships can build trust where little exists currently, and offer a forum for educating all partners. Using examples from California, Maine, Oregon, and Ecuador, I will show how collaboration between fishermen and scientists has contributed to conservation research, and I will outline collaborative opportunities that our program hopes to explore with MBARI.

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