Science Workshop: What to Do When Science and Reality Clash in Marine Reserves Monitoring? (June 25, 2015)
Marine reserves are a relatively new management tool here in Oregon. Based on what we are learning, our scientific research is evolving and being adapted over time to produce the best possible data. So, what to do when science and reality clash in marine reserve monitoring? That was the topic of discussion at a recent scientific workshop held by ODFW.
Challenges have arisen when implementing a BACI (Before-After-Control-Impact) sampling design at two of Oregon’s marine reserve sites. For Cape Perpetua, the main challenge is appropriate “control” sites possessing comparable habitats (e.g. deep, isolated reef) and oceanographic conditions (e.g. hypoxia, upwelling). For Cape Falcon, the fishing pressure for rocky reef associated species at that site prior to closure was relatively quite low.
The ODFW Marine Reserves Team held a workshop with marine science experts from Oregon State University, University of California Santa Cruz, and the Partnership for the Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) to brainstorm and get feedback on possible alternative ecological sampling designs for the Cape Perpetua and Cape Falcon sites.
A full summary of the workshop including participants, agenda, and findings can be found here: pdf Workshop: Moving Beyond BACI (2015) (289 KB)