First Annual Collaborative Climate Science Workshop

September 18, 2017  

Rose Atoll, American Samoa (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Hatsue Bailey).
Rose Atoll, American Samoa (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Hatsue Bailey).
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), Baker Island, Pacific Remote Island Areas (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Paula Ayotte).
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), Baker Island, Pacific Remote Island Areas (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Paula Ayotte).

Staff from NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Regional Office, and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, as well as staff and advisors from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, are meeting this week for the first Annual Collaborative Climate Science Workshop in Honolulu. The goal of this workshop is to identify regional climate-related management questions and the science that can address them. It will also connect managers and scientists so they can collaborate and share information.

This workshop is a component of the Pacific Islands Regional Action Plan for climate science (PIRAP). This five-year plan includes steps to better track, forecast, and incorporate information on changing conditions into living marine resource management. This will provide managers with the timely information they need to reduce impacts from a changing climate and to increase the resilience of fish stocks, fishing-dependent communities, and protected species.

A first step in implementing the PIRAP is to identify what information is needed by resource managers and what scientific research and data are available or in development. Then, we can identify areas where we're able to meet information needs and where we need to direct our efforts. Additionally, this workshop aims to identify synergies and gaps that can be addressed through the PIRAP's implementation. The information gathered through this workshop will lead to science-based strategies that sustain fisheries, healthy ecosystems, and coastal communities.

Reef sharks and rainbow runners (Elagatis bipinnulata), Kingman Reef, Pacific Remote Island Areas (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Paula Ayotte).
Reef sharks and rainbow runners (Elagatis bipinnulata), Kingman Reef, Pacific Remote Island Areas (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Paula Ayotte).
Fishing boats, Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauaʻi (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Justin Hospital).
Fishing boats, Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauaʻi (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Justin Hospital).