Proposed Abstract Title

Monitoring and the San Juan Marine Stewardship Area Plan

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Tools and Strategies for Growing Citizen Science

Location

2016SSEC

Description

20 years ago, the work of citizens coming together to actively steward the marine environment in San Juan County resulted in the formation of the first Marine Resources Committee(MRC), and ultimately the Northwest Straits Commission. A model for collaborative resource management, the San Juan MRC continues to be on the forefront of stewarding the ecosystem. Managing the ecosystem of our county according to the input, collaboration and direction of the citizenry utilizing a well-written plan, 6 strategies for implementation of the plan, and a standing advisory committee of citizens who are appointed by County Council to guide legislative actions is the goal. Our County Council adopted the San Juan Marine Stewardship Area plan in 2007. At community meetings held throughout the Islands, locals chose six protection strategies from the plan they felt were most important. One of these strategies unites the rest: Foster a stewardship ethic in residents and visitors.

The unique marine ecosystem draws visitors from all over the world and is key to the islands’ economy and quality of life. Here, too, researchers from around the world conduct studies and learn about the biotic and abiotic factors that govern these seas. Monitoring studies provide data that can inform our management activities, and suggest direction and refinement of restoration and protection activities. Citizens are involved in all phases of this work. Recently, the REEF Volunteer Survey Project has contributed significantly using SCUBA divers from around the region.

In our talk for the panel, Marta Branch and Janna Nichols will review the collaborative history of the San Juan MRC, the creation of the Voluntary Marine Stewardship Area and plan, and explore the recent contributions of Sea Doc sponsored REEF dive surveyors to the management effort.

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http://www.sjcmrc.org/Marine-Stewardship-Area/MSA-Overview.aspx

http://www.sjcmrc.org/uploads/pdf/MSA%20plan%2002-Jul-2007%20Final.pdf

http://www.sjcmrc.org/uploads/images/Six%20Strategies.JPG

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Monitoring and the San Juan Marine Stewardship Area Plan

2016SSEC

20 years ago, the work of citizens coming together to actively steward the marine environment in San Juan County resulted in the formation of the first Marine Resources Committee(MRC), and ultimately the Northwest Straits Commission. A model for collaborative resource management, the San Juan MRC continues to be on the forefront of stewarding the ecosystem. Managing the ecosystem of our county according to the input, collaboration and direction of the citizenry utilizing a well-written plan, 6 strategies for implementation of the plan, and a standing advisory committee of citizens who are appointed by County Council to guide legislative actions is the goal. Our County Council adopted the San Juan Marine Stewardship Area plan in 2007. At community meetings held throughout the Islands, locals chose six protection strategies from the plan they felt were most important. One of these strategies unites the rest: Foster a stewardship ethic in residents and visitors.

The unique marine ecosystem draws visitors from all over the world and is key to the islands’ economy and quality of life. Here, too, researchers from around the world conduct studies and learn about the biotic and abiotic factors that govern these seas. Monitoring studies provide data that can inform our management activities, and suggest direction and refinement of restoration and protection activities. Citizens are involved in all phases of this work. Recently, the REEF Volunteer Survey Project has contributed significantly using SCUBA divers from around the region.

In our talk for the panel, Marta Branch and Janna Nichols will review the collaborative history of the San Juan MRC, the creation of the Voluntary Marine Stewardship Area and plan, and explore the recent contributions of Sea Doc sponsored REEF dive surveyors to the management effort.