Marxan Workshop Materials

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Thanks to many of you who were able to join the Spatial Analysis Workshop. If you were unable to attend or are looking for more information about what was discussed, some materials are available here for you. Marxan Overview Marxan Presentation Renewable Energy Examples Small Group Handout Full Video Additionally, the PNNL report was referenced… Read more »

Graduate student completes a spatial analysis for Washington’s waters

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Mikaela Freeman, a graduate from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington recently published an article in Marine Policy. The study creates a marine potential conflict index to assess potential conflicts between current marine uses. It also identifies the marine uses that have the highest potential conflict with one another… Read more »

Seafloor Atlas: Complete Maps of Substrate Now Available

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The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS), the Active Tectonics & Seafloor Mapping Lab (AT&SML) at the Oregon State University, and several contributing partners worked together to compile raw seafloor mapping data and stitch them together into a seafloor atlas. The group remapped data when necessary, standardized the classifications and methodologies, and applied existing ground-truth… Read more »

NOAA/BOEM Human Uses Regional Report Available

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Washington Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources conducted a series of participatory human-use mapping workshops as part of the Pacific Regional Ocean Uses Atlas project. These workshops were held during April 2013 in Aberdeen and Port Angeles… Read more »

DFW maps seabird habitats and marine mammal haulout locations

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) created maps detailing the locations of important seabird and mammal areas along the Washington coast and conducted marine mammal aerial surveys. WDFW identified key life history locations including seabird nesting and marine mammal haulouts. Additionally, WDFW estimated population sizes and trends for rare and recovering populations of… Read more »

Indicators of Human Well-Being and Economic Health

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Washington Sea Grant developed robust human dimensions indicators that characterize the coastal communities. These indicators are intended to be part of the integrated ecosystem assessment that the Northwest Fisheries Science Center uses for ecological indicators. Economic indicators The figure below displays the five overarching categories of economic indicators: Demographics, Housing, Employment, Labor earnings, and Competitiveness…. Read more »

Seabird Distribution, Marine Mammal Data, and Seafloor Priorities

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NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) completed three projects to inform Washington’s marine spatial plan: Development of species distribution models for key seabird species along the outer coast of Washington. Evaluation of marine mammal datasets (species distribution models are under development). Prioritization of areas for future seafloor mapping activities and identification of the… Read more »

Ecosystem Models for the Coast – Describing Nature

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The Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) developed conceptual peer reviewed models of habitats within Washington State’s marine spatial planning study area that represent important ecological components, physical drivers, and human activities within each habitat. The habitats include the large coastal estuaries of Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay, rocky shores, sandy beaches, kelp forests, seafloor, and… Read more »

New! Final Report Released: Economic Analysis to Support Marine Spatial Planning in Washington

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Cascade Economics completed an analysis of the economies of Washington’s coastal communities. The economic analysis provides the tools and data to characterize baseline conditions for ocean uses and their important relationships to coastal communities on the Washington coast, and can be used to evaluate the economic consequences of proposed uses or planning options in the… Read more »

Social Indicators Workshop & Marine Resources Committee Meeting

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Join the North Coast Marine Resources Committee meeting for a presentation from and discussion hosted by Washington Sea Grant’s social scientist, Melissa Poe.   What: Learn about the human well-being assessment project methods. Discuss the draft conceptual model results for the northern coastal counties, which were built from an analysis of 2012-2013 stakeholder workshop notes…. Read more »