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Project coordinators and managers of North Central Coast monitoring projects are invited to complete the North Central Coast Monitoring Survey!
Open August 11 – October 7, 2015
Those actively involved in managing or overseeing monitoring efforts in the North Central Coast are invited to participate in this online survey, available through Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Survey results will help inform the design of a partnership-based, long-term monitoring program in the North Central Coast.
The North Central Coast is home to extensive ocean and coastal expertise. Collaboration and partnerships that build upon existing capacity in the region are key to developing a cost-effective, efficient long-term MPA monitoring program. As the North Central Coast baseline period begins to wrap up later this year, California Ocean Science Trust and its partners are taking proactive steps to plan for this next phase of monitoring in the region.
The North Central Coast Monitoring Survey will help California Ocean Science Trust and its partners at California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Ocean Protection Council develop an inventory and picture of monitoring activities in the region. Survey results will help to:
Determine the geographic and temporal coverage of monitoring activities inside and outside of North Central Coast MPAs, and the connections with metrics identified in the North Central Coast MPA Monitoring Plan;
Identify data gaps and overlaps in North Central Coast monitoring efforts in the region; and
Highlight opportunities for partnership and collaboration to leverage resources, avoid duplication of effort, expand the community of people and organizations involved in monitoring, and increase opportunities for monitoring results to inform processes beyond MPA management.
Survey results will be publicly available in Fall 2015 on OceanSpaces.org through an interactive dashboard.
Please forward this information to your colleagues and peers leading North Central Coast monitoring projects!
If you are not a monitoring project lead, and would like to share your monitoring interests and priorities, we invite you to complete the North Central Coast Ocean Community Questionnaire! The results of the Community Questionnaire will inform community conversations about planning for a partnership-based approach to long-term monitoring in the area.
Thank you for your continued interest and participation in North Central Coast MPA monitoring.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Who should complete the monitoring survey?
Coordinators and managers of North Central Coast monitoring projects are encouraged to complete the survey, although it is open to everyone. The survey requires in-depth knowledge of a monitoring project, including details about the organizational structure and function, project capacity, and monitoring metrics. To help ensure information about a monitoring project is only entered once, we recommend project managers coordinate internally to identify a lead responsible for completing the survey.
2. How long will the monitoring survey take to complete?
We estimate that the survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete, although if you lead multiple monitoring projects it could take a little longer.
3. What information do I need to complete the monitoring survey?
The survey requires in-depth knowledge of the following:
Project goals, monitoring methods, and data collection, management, and analysis
Habitat type(s) within which monitoring occurs, if applicable
Location of monitoring site(s)
Financial support (optional), project partners, and capacity
4. How will the results of the monitoring survey be used?
Responses to this survey will help Ocean Science Trust and its partners to build a cost-effective, partnerships-based program for long-term MPA monitoring in the North Central Coast. Survey results will also provide the local ocean community with a deeper understanding of monitoring taking place in the region, which can help build community support and increase the effectiveness of the people and organizations involved in North Central Coast MPA monitoring.
5. What is the difference between the monitoring survey and the community questionnaire?
The monitoring survey will help Ocean Science Trust and its partners learn about local monitoring programs and gain a better understanding of the existing capacity in the region. This information will help inform the development of a partnership-based, long-term monitoring program in the North Central Coast.
The community questionnaire is an opportunity for members of the North Central Coast ocean community who do not lead a monitoring program to share their thoughts on local monitoring priorities and interests. Information gathered from the questionnaire will inform community conversations about planning for a partnership-based approach to long-term monitoring in the area.
For more information about our work on the North Central Coast, please visit the North Central Coast page on OceanSpaces.org or contact Dina Liebowitz at email@example.com or 510.350.3464.