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First Regional Connectivity Workshop

First Regional Connectivity Workshop


  SUMMARY MPA Capacity-Building and Mesoamerican Reef Connectivity Workshop Chetumal , Mexico •  May 17-19, 2010   The workshop was a success in that the following was achieved (via consensus by the managers and/or staff-representatives of 13 priority MPAs identified by MAR Fund as comprising a regional network including protected areas in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras – see attached map and participants list): Goal 1: Enhanced regional capacity by creating a MAR Connectivity Coalition of managers and scientists; provided a mechanism and timeline for on-going communications and collaborations between MPA managers/staff, ECOSUR, MAR Fund and NOAA-UM/CIMAS. An initial coalition was formed via consensus-building (see priorities listed below), information/coalition web-hosting by ECOSUR and MAR Fund for the workshop, its results and future planning/work (www.fondosam.org /           www.marfund.org and http://meteorologica.ecosur-qroo.mx/ofe/ocean/mpa/workshop.html). On-going communication and coordination is being maintained via email lists and specific initiatives. Free listserv has been created via (Google) ‘Gmail’ with details to follow in June 2010. Proposed timeline of work includes on-going communications, planning for training workshops focused on defined regional priorities, and specific initiatives into 2011-2012, pending funding. Goal 2: Identified 4 common regional connectivity goals as directly applied to integrated local management plans and priorities across the MPA network:
  • Invasive species – Lionfish Invasive species – Lionfish: understand larval transport (local, regional, and international), early life history, and habitat-use
  • Commercially important species: integrate and coordinate current information and mapping of spawning and larval transport information in a regional context for groupers (E. stratius - M. bonaci), snapper (L. griseus - L. jocu) boquinete (Lachnolarmus maximus)
  • Ecologically important species: identify and map spawning areas and transport of protected parrotfish spp. and Acropora spp.
  • Migration & Productivity: Map the parameters (physical, biological and chemical) of high-nutrient areas associated with nutrient up-welling and aggregations of migratory species focusing on whale sharks, mantas, and manatees
Goal 3: Agreement to identify data sources that can be shared and applied currently. Compile workshop information and provide participants with an initial workshop summary. Data from the MPA Assessment Tool will be posted on the MAR Fund website. Additional calls for data and data-sharing, based on the four regional priorities, will proceed via the listserv and maintained, pending funding for further coordination. NOAA-generated regional ichthyoplankton distribution/abundance products, as available and physical oceanography map tools/links available on the ECOSUR website. Additionally, other important results/initiatives include:
  • Connectivity Manual for Managers (Peter Sale, GEF workshop 2008 results) to be posted on the MAR Fund webpage
  • RAMSAR Initiative (regional / tasks for each country to be determined)
  • Workshop strategy and summary as an applied connectivity case study presented at the Larval Fish Conference, Santa Fe, NM (June 2010)
  • Pre-proposal to NOAA-CRCP: Training and standardization based on the workshop priorities identified
  • Lion fish Meeting at Cozumel MPA, August 2010
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First Regional Connectivity Workshop

First Regional Connectivity Workshop


  SUMMARY MPA Capacity-Building and Mesoamerican Reef Connectivity Workshop Chetumal , Mexico •  May 17-19, 2010   The workshop was a success in that the following was achieved (via consensus by the managers and/or staff-representatives of 13 priority MPAs identified by MAR Fund as comprising a regional network including protected areas in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras – see attached map and participants list): Goal 1: Enhanced regional capacity by creating a MAR Connectivity Coalition of managers and scientists; provided a mechanism and timeline for on-going communications and collaborations between MPA managers/staff, ECOSUR, MAR Fund and NOAA-UM/CIMAS. An initial coalition was formed via consensus-building (see priorities listed below), information/coalition web-hosting by ECOSUR and MAR Fund for the workshop, its results and future planning/work (www.fondosam.org /           www.marfund.org and http://meteorologica.ecosur-qroo.mx/ofe/ocean/mpa/workshop.html). On-going communication and coordination is being maintained via email lists and specific initiatives. Free listserv has been created via (Google) ‘Gmail’ with details to follow in June 2010. Proposed timeline of work includes on-going communications, planning for training workshops focused on defined regional priorities, and specific initiatives into 2011-2012, pending funding. Goal 2: Identified 4 common regional connectivity goals as directly applied to integrated local management plans and priorities across the MPA network:
  • Invasive species – Lionfish Invasive species – Lionfish: understand larval transport (local, regional, and international), early life history, and habitat-use
  • Commercially important species: integrate and coordinate current information and mapping of spawning and larval transport information in a regional context for groupers (E. stratius - M. bonaci), snapper (L. griseus - L. jocu) boquinete (Lachnolarmus maximus)
  • Ecologically important species: identify and map spawning areas and transport of protected parrotfish spp. and Acropora spp.
  • Migration & Productivity: Map the parameters (physical, biological and chemical) of high-nutrient areas associated with nutrient up-welling and aggregations of migratory species focusing on whale sharks, mantas, and manatees
Goal 3: Agreement to identify data sources that can be shared and applied currently. Compile workshop information and provide participants with an initial workshop summary. Data from the MPA Assessment Tool will be posted on the MAR Fund website. Additional calls for data and data-sharing, based on the four regional priorities, will proceed via the listserv and maintained, pending funding for further coordination. NOAA-generated regional ichthyoplankton distribution/abundance products, as available and physical oceanography map tools/links available on the ECOSUR website. Additionally, other important results/initiatives include:
  • Connectivity Manual for Managers (Peter Sale, GEF workshop 2008 results) to be posted on the MAR Fund webpage
  • RAMSAR Initiative (regional / tasks for each country to be determined)
  • Workshop strategy and summary as an applied connectivity case study presented at the Larval Fish Conference, Santa Fe, NM (June 2010)
  • Pre-proposal to NOAA-CRCP: Training and standardization based on the workshop priorities identified
  • Lion fish Meeting at Cozumel MPA, August 2010
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