[MARMAM] SURVEY: Prioritizing the Threat of Ocean Trash

Nicholas Mallos nmallos at oceanconservancy.org
Wed Apr 30 11:58:05 PDT 2014

Dear Marine Mammal Scientists, Conservationists and Educators,


Marine debris is a ubiquitous problem on our world's shorelines and in
freshwater and marine environments. Having worked on the issue of marine
debris for the past three decades through the International Coastal
top-10-items-found-1.html>  Ocean Conservancy is now engaged in a
research exercise to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate the
threat of specific marine debris items to ocean health. 


We have chosen expert elicitation as our survey method because it has
been used for decades in the fields of social science and risk
assessment. Expert elicitation synthesizes opinions of experts while
assessing uncertainty around those views. Your professional judgment,
along with your colleagues around the world, will be captured using the
survey instrument and data will be analyzed to determine the relative
threat posed by the most persistent forms of debris on beaches and in
the marine environment. A manuscript will be composed from the findings
of this research and submitted for publication.


The questions in this SURVEY <https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CY8CRC8>
are designed to capture information on your expert judgment regarding
the threat of specific ocean trash items across marine taxa. Based on
your professional experience and judgment, the focus is on what threats
and impacts you conclude are occurring, and the severity and specificity
of those impacts. Please respond for all taxa for which you have a
professional judgment, not just those for which you have professional
research experience. The elicitation methodology rigorously captures
professional judgment, rather than field data, observation or published
literature with this questionnaire.


This exercise does require thinking but it should not take more than 30
minutes to complete the 10 questions. As a token of our appreciation, we
will send you a limited-edition Ocean Conservancy t-shirt for submitting
your survey-details provided on the final page of the survey.


Survey Link:  Prioritizing Ocean Trash Threat Survey


After completing the survey, your responses will be cataloged in a way
to ensure complete anonymity; your identity will not be attached to your
responses in any way. If you would like to be acknowledged for your
participation in the final publication, email Nicholas Mallos at
nmallos at oceanconservancy.org.


Thank you in advance for your consideration and participation.


Nicholas J. Mallos, MEM



Nicholas Mallos

Conservation Biologist, Marine Debris Specialist

Ocean Conservancy

Phone: 202.351.0478

Twitter: @NickMallos


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