[MARMAM] Ship Strike Workshop at SMM Biennial Conference

Leslie Abramson - NOAA Affiliate leslie.abramson at noaa.gov
Mon Sep 30 16:05:42 PDT 2013

> *SHIP STRIKE WORKSHOP, Sat. Dec 7th at the SMM Biology of Marine Mammals
> Conference in Dunedin, NZ*
> This workshop has recently been expanded to a full day workshop and will
> include panel speakers discussing the Spotter "App" in California, REPCET
> in the Mediterranean and ship strike issues in Australia, Hawaii and
> elsewhere around the world! Please join in the conversation! Register
> online at the SMM website.
> Can The Cloud Save Whales?
> Background and Theme
> Ship strikes of whales by commercial vessels engaged in global commerce
> have been recognized as a growing concern worldwide. The National Oceanic
> and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is concerned about large whale
> mortalities from ship strikes along the coast of the United States,
> particularly in regards to vulnerable populations like the North Atlantic
> Right Whale on the east coast and the Blue Whale in the Pacific.
> Blues, right, humpback and fin whales are listed internationally as
> endangered and threatened with extinction in Appendix I of the Convention
> on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and in
> the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List.
> Mortality from ship strikes has been identified by NOAA’s National Marine
> Fisheries Service (NMFS) as a serious threat to population recovery of
> these vulnerable whale species.
> Within the last decade, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
> (ONMS) and NMFS have worked together and with partners such as the United
> States Coast Guard (USCG), environmental NGOs and private industry to
> protect whales from vessel traffic.  For example, on the east coast of the
> US, comprehensive right whale monitoring has led to the shift of vessel
> traffic lanes away from areas of high whale densities.  Additionally,
> passive acoustic monitoring has contributed to a sophisticated system that
> alerts vessels entering Boston harbor to the presence of right whales.
> However, in this dreary fiscal climate, comprehensive monitoring and
> costly technological solutions are nearly impossible for the federal
> government to fund, and NOAA has had to become increasingly creative in
> their methods for 1) monitoring the presence of whales in US waters; 2)
> educating and reaching-out to the public, and; 3) implementing management
> measures that will better protect these vulnerable species.  NOAA’s ONMS,
> the shipping industry and partner ENGO’s have recently been working with
> private tech developers to utilize the power of cloud technology to achieve
> our goals of real-time data that informs dynamic spatial management of
> commercial vessels.
> The ONMS in the West Coast Region is involved in an on-going effort to
> effectively engage stakeholders to collect data on marine mammals for the
> respective sanctuaries through a mobile app called Spotter. Concurrently,
> east coast sanctuaries have been leveraging mobile technology to convey
> management measures (such as seasonal speed limits) to the maritime
> transportation industry. These efforts have incredible potential, but along
> with them comes a host of challenging questions.  Issues to be discussed in
> this workshop include:
>    -
>    the scientific integrity of data gathered by citizens and naturalists
>    -
>    the use of citizen science to inform management
>    -
>    the engagement of the commercial shipping industry in data collection
>    -
>    the scale-ability of this technology  (what might this look like on a
>    national/global scale?)
>    -
>    the problem of measuring success
>    -
>    the inherent difficulties of providing near real-time information on
>    whale presence to the (adoring) public- will this create harassment issues?
> Relevance: This workshop is relevant to all scientists, policy-makers and
> managers wishing to harness the power and scope of mobile technology and
> citizen science to support marine mammal conservation.  It has the
> potential to be an incredible education and outreach tool, connecting
> stakeholders with science and policy.
> Output: The workshop will provide ONMS and partners with valuable
> feedback to make the technology useful and effective. It will also allow
> participants to learn about other similar efforts around the world and to
> discuss the potential for a consistent and comprehensive solution to marine
> mammal monitoring.
> Potential Presenters:
> Jake Levenson, Conserve IO
> David Wiley, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
> Monica DeAngelis, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (confirmed)
> John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research
> Jerome Couvet, Souffleurs d'Ecume
> and more!
> Thank You,
> --
> Leslie Abramson
> Resource Protection Specialist
> Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
> 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio
> San Francisco, CA 94129
> 415-561-6622, Ext 306
> Fax: 415-561-6616
> http://farallones.noaa.gov/manage/sac.html

Leslie Abramson
Advisory Council Coordinator
Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
991 Marine Drive, The Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
415-561-6622, Ext 306
Fax: 415-561-6616
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