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SYNOPSIS OF SEABIRD RESEARCH PROGRAMS THAT CAN PROVIDE BASELINE AND MONITORING INFORMATION FOR OFFSHORE ENERGY ACTIVITIES IN THE PACIFIC

Released: 2015
Citation:
Pereksta, DM, DM Schroeder, KD Lafferty, J Adams. 2015. SYNOPSIS OF SEABIRD RESEARCH PROGRAMS THAT CAN PROVIDE BASELINE AND MONITORING INFORMATION FOR OFFSHORE ENERGY ACTIVITIES IN THE PACIFIC. Pacific Seabird Group, 42nd Annual Meeting, 18-21 February 2015, San Jose, CA. [Oral Presentation]

 

Many people monitor seabirds using regular counts or other measures. Some monitoring programs do so out of an obligation, some out of a concern for specific species, some as an indicator of change. If we are to detect changes in seabirds associated with climate or human disturbances, monitoring data are our only hope. However, coordination and sharing of mutual knowledge among seabird monitoring programs often are limited because of different histories and mandates of these research efforts. BOEM and USGS are partnering on a study (1) to identify ongoing or completed research programs that contain information on species and habitats sensitive to offshore energy activities, and (2) to review the capability of these programs to provide baseline and monitoring data to understand and guide mitigation to compensate for potential impacts caused by offshore energy development in the Pacific. The overall strategy is to summarize the main components of each research program, identify spatial and programmatic gaps, and to assess whether a research program could easily be enhanced to better address offshore energy information needs through additional support. Here, we ask some simple questions. Do you monitor seabirds? What seabirds do you monitor? What do you monitor about them? Why do you monitor them? How long have you been monitoring them? Are your data available to the public? Who does one contact to learn more about your program? Our intent is to catalogue descriptions of seabird monitoring programs and to share them with the seabird community to foster greater visibility of seabird monitoring and opportunities for funding and collaboration.



This product is associated with the following project:
Seabird Vulnerability Assessment for Renewable Energy Projects

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