Channel Islands Deep Water Monitoring Plan Development Workshop Report


Sarah Fangman1, Steve Gittings2, Kathy Dalton2, Greg McFall3, Dave Lott2
1NOAA/Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
2NOAA/National Marine Sanctuary Program
3NOAA/Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

In 2003, twelve marine protected areas were established in state waters (0-3 nmi) surrounding the Channel Islands. NOAA is considering extending this network (3-6 nmi) into deeper waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS). In order for effective long-term management of the deep water reserves to occur, a well-structured monitoring program is required to assess effectiveness. The CINMS and the National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) hosted a 2-day workshop in April 2005 to develop a monitoring plan for the proposed federal marine reserves in that sanctuary.

Conducted at the University of California at Santa Barbara, participants included scientists from academic, state, federal, and private research institutions. Workshop participants developed project ideas that could answer priority questions posed by the NMSP. This workshop report will be used to develop a monitoring plan for the reserves.

Key Words:

Climate change, climate-smart, adaptation, vulnerability assessment, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, GFNMS, climate impact, focal resources, habitats, species, ecosystem services