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Second Regional Connectivity Workshop

Second Regional Connectivity Workshop


  2nd Regional WORKSHOP: MPA Capacity-Building and Mesoamerican Reef Connectivity Participants:  regional natural resource managers, staff and stakeholders that work with/in the prioritized MAR MPAs. Purpose:  This is the 2nd Regional workshop to promote a better understanding of the bio-physical connectivity along the Mesoamerican reef (MAR) and its potential role in ecosystem-scale management of associated protected areas. This workshop is intended to be a practical, hands-on approach in connectivity research and data acquisition. Where: Day 1: El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Day 2: Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak, Quintana Roo, Mexico. When:  March 13 -14, 2012 The workshop goals are a result of the three priorities established by local managers in the 2010 workshop held in ECOSUR, Chetumal, Q. Roo: 1. Workshop goal:  provide hands-on training by experts and exchange experiences in connectivity research in the Mesoamerican region in recruitment, invasive species (lionfish) and transport patterns. 2. Management goal:  support capacity building in the MAR region by training of local managers and the “training of trainers” in connectivity issues and invasive species (lionfish) with parallel protocols. 3. Connectivity Research goal:  to obtain comparable baseline information on a regional basis, our goal is to carry out at least one simultaneous network-wide activity utilizing the training acquired in this workshop, by combining the biological and oceanographic components in the network of MPAs (at least one MPA per country). During the workshop, a proposal will be developed by participants (managers, NGOs and academic partners) that they can coordinate, execute and analyze, with the following components:  a) simultaneous collections of recruitment (fish) using settlement traps and b) combination of the biological data with continuous sea temperature measurements by deployment of data loggers. Agenda Day 1 9:00 - 9:15          Welcome & Introduction: workshop goals and expected results (ECOSUR/NOAA-UM/MAR Fund) 9:15 - 10:30       Mesoamerica reef connectivity research & regional updates from MPA representatives (Government, academic or NGOs): overview presentations by members of the Network on research, management and connectivity related work in the region. (Each presentation will have 15 minutes). 10:30 – 10:45   Coffee break 10:45 – 13:00   Cont. Mesoamerica reef connectivity research & regional updates from MPA representatives (Government, academic or NGOs): overview presentations by members of the Network on research, management and connectivity related work in the region. (Each presentation will have 15 minutes). 13:00 – 14:00   Lunch 14:00 - 16:30    Parallel Sessions 14:00 – 15:15 Group 1. Demonstrative deployment of biological gear, microscope  activities, how to prepare the database of larval observations. Led by Lourdes Vasquez-Yeomans and Estrella Malca. Group 2. Introduction to data formats and instrumentation deployment (programming) using the web developed database for the MRS connectivity group. Examples: oceanographic equipment, experimental set up and deployment. Led by Laura Carrillo, PhD. 15:15 - 16:30 Group 2. Demonstrative deployment of biological gear, microscope activities, how to prepare the database of larval observations. Led by Lourdes Vasquez-Yeomans and Estrella Malca. Group 1. Introduction to data formats and instrumentation deployment (programming) using the web developed database for the MAR connectivity group. Examples: oceanographic equipment, experimental set up and deployment. Led by Laura Carrillo, PhD. 16:30 - 16:45    Coffee break 16:45 - 17:45    Invasive species in the Mesoamerican Reef:Lionfish module, Part 1. Led by Eloy Sosa with collaboration from R. Gomez (CONANP) 16:45 – 17:15  Introduction (E. Sosa) - 30 mins 17:15 – 17:45  Overview of actions against lionfish (R. Gómez) – 30 mins Day 2 06:00 - 7:30      Transportation to Xcalak, a fishing village within the Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak (PNAX). Breakfast will be inside the bus, during the trip. 7:30 - 9:00         Field activity to collect deployed gear (biological and oceanographic).  This includes: Activities on juvenile/larval fish recruitment: biological collecting, equipment set up and discussion. Led by Lourdes Vasquez-Yeomans and Estrella Malca. Field activity on coastal oceanography: oceanographic equipment, experimental set up and deployment. Led by Laura Carrillo, PhD. 9:00 - 10:00      Lionfish collection. Activity coordinated by PNAX staff (J. Gómez). 10:00 – 10:20   Coffee break 10:20 - 12:30    Invasive species in the Mesoamerican Reef:Lionfish module, Part 2. Led by Eloy Sosa, R- Gomez (CONANP), N. Hernandez (PNAC), J. Gómez (PNAX), E. Caamal (PNIC) and O. Alvarez (CONANP) 10:20 - 10:40   Measuring key data on lionfish abundance (N. Hernández & E. Sosa) – 20 min 10:40 - 10:55   Methods for evaluating abundance (E. Sosa & E. Caamal) - 15 min 10:55 - 11:10   Fisher participation in control programs, Puerto Morelos case-study (O. Alvarez) – 15 min 11:10- 11:25    Public participation in control programs, Xcalak case-study (J. Gómez) -15 min 11:25 - 12:00   Discussion and concluding remarks (R. Gómez and E. Sosa). 35 min 12:00 -13:00     Lunch 13:00-14:30      Data analysis of collections/ sample analysis 13:00 - 13:45   Biological data – 45 min 13:45 - 14:30   Oceanographic data - 45 min 14:30 - 16:30    Project development by participants led by workshop organizers Coordinate and establish objectives, tasks, time frame, expected results, end date, communication protocol for simultaneous deployment of the Connectivity Network in the MAR region. 16:30 - 16:45    Coffee break 16:45 - 17:30    Workshop wrap up & conclusions (Summaries and lessons learned/discussions) 17:30 - 19:00    Transportation to Chetumal
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Second Regional Connectivity Workshop

Second Regional Connectivity Workshop


  2nd Regional WORKSHOP: MPA Capacity-Building and Mesoamerican Reef Connectivity Participants:  regional natural resource managers, staff and stakeholders that work with/in the prioritized MAR MPAs. Purpose:  This is the 2nd Regional workshop to promote a better understanding of the bio-physical connectivity along the Mesoamerican reef (MAR) and its potential role in ecosystem-scale management of associated protected areas. This workshop is intended to be a practical, hands-on approach in connectivity research and data acquisition. Where: Day 1: El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Day 2: Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak, Quintana Roo, Mexico. When:  March 13 -14, 2012 The workshop goals are a result of the three priorities established by local managers in the 2010 workshop held in ECOSUR, Chetumal, Q. Roo: 1. Workshop goal:  provide hands-on training by experts and exchange experiences in connectivity research in the Mesoamerican region in recruitment, invasive species (lionfish) and transport patterns. 2. Management goal:  support capacity building in the MAR region by training of local managers and the “training of trainers” in connectivity issues and invasive species (lionfish) with parallel protocols. 3. Connectivity Research goal:  to obtain comparable baseline information on a regional basis, our goal is to carry out at least one simultaneous network-wide activity utilizing the training acquired in this workshop, by combining the biological and oceanographic components in the network of MPAs (at least one MPA per country). During the workshop, a proposal will be developed by participants (managers, NGOs and academic partners) that they can coordinate, execute and analyze, with the following components:  a) simultaneous collections of recruitment (fish) using settlement traps and b) combination of the biological data with continuous sea temperature measurements by deployment of data loggers. Agenda Day 1 9:00 - 9:15          Welcome & Introduction: workshop goals and expected results (ECOSUR/NOAA-UM/MAR Fund) 9:15 - 10:30       Mesoamerica reef connectivity research & regional updates from MPA representatives (Government, academic or NGOs): overview presentations by members of the Network on research, management and connectivity related work in the region. (Each presentation will have 15 minutes). 10:30 – 10:45   Coffee break 10:45 – 13:00   Cont. Mesoamerica reef connectivity research & regional updates from MPA representatives (Government, academic or NGOs): overview presentations by members of the Network on research, management and connectivity related work in the region. (Each presentation will have 15 minutes). 13:00 – 14:00   Lunch 14:00 - 16:30    Parallel Sessions 14:00 – 15:15 Group 1. Demonstrative deployment of biological gear, microscope  activities, how to prepare the database of larval observations. Led by Lourdes Vasquez-Yeomans and Estrella Malca. Group 2. Introduction to data formats and instrumentation deployment (programming) using the web developed database for the MRS connectivity group. Examples: oceanographic equipment, experimental set up and deployment. Led by Laura Carrillo, PhD. 15:15 - 16:30 Group 2. Demonstrative deployment of biological gear, microscope activities, how to prepare the database of larval observations. Led by Lourdes Vasquez-Yeomans and Estrella Malca. Group 1. Introduction to data formats and instrumentation deployment (programming) using the web developed database for the MAR connectivity group. Examples: oceanographic equipment, experimental set up and deployment. Led by Laura Carrillo, PhD. 16:30 - 16:45    Coffee break 16:45 - 17:45    Invasive species in the Mesoamerican Reef:Lionfish module, Part 1. Led by Eloy Sosa with collaboration from R. Gomez (CONANP) 16:45 – 17:15  Introduction (E. Sosa) - 30 mins 17:15 – 17:45  Overview of actions against lionfish (R. Gómez) – 30 mins Day 2 06:00 - 7:30      Transportation to Xcalak, a fishing village within the Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak (PNAX). Breakfast will be inside the bus, during the trip. 7:30 - 9:00         Field activity to collect deployed gear (biological and oceanographic).  This includes: Activities on juvenile/larval fish recruitment: biological collecting, equipment set up and discussion. Led by Lourdes Vasquez-Yeomans and Estrella Malca. Field activity on coastal oceanography: oceanographic equipment, experimental set up and deployment. Led by Laura Carrillo, PhD. 9:00 - 10:00      Lionfish collection. Activity coordinated by PNAX staff (J. Gómez). 10:00 – 10:20   Coffee break 10:20 - 12:30    Invasive species in the Mesoamerican Reef:Lionfish module, Part 2. Led by Eloy Sosa, R- Gomez (CONANP), N. Hernandez (PNAC), J. Gómez (PNAX), E. Caamal (PNIC) and O. Alvarez (CONANP) 10:20 - 10:40   Measuring key data on lionfish abundance (N. Hernández & E. Sosa) – 20 min 10:40 - 10:55   Methods for evaluating abundance (E. Sosa & E. Caamal) - 15 min 10:55 - 11:10   Fisher participation in control programs, Puerto Morelos case-study (O. Alvarez) – 15 min 11:10- 11:25    Public participation in control programs, Xcalak case-study (J. Gómez) -15 min 11:25 - 12:00   Discussion and concluding remarks (R. Gómez and E. Sosa). 35 min 12:00 -13:00     Lunch 13:00-14:30      Data analysis of collections/ sample analysis 13:00 - 13:45   Biological data – 45 min 13:45 - 14:30   Oceanographic data - 45 min 14:30 - 16:30    Project development by participants led by workshop organizers Coordinate and establish objectives, tasks, time frame, expected results, end date, communication protocol for simultaneous deployment of the Connectivity Network in the MAR region. 16:30 - 16:45    Coffee break 16:45 - 17:30    Workshop wrap up & conclusions (Summaries and lessons learned/discussions) 17:30 - 19:00    Transportation to Chetumal
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