**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>
We recently held our most recent OPC-SAT workshop, Readying California’s Fisheries for Climate Change, another important step in the OPC-SAT’s work to advance science in California fisheries.
At this workshop, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) challenged the OPC-SAT to utilize our expertise to develop guidance on ways to assess biological and socioeconomic changes due to climate change on fish and fishing communities. Thus Ocean Science Trust will be convening a working group with OPC-SAT members, other experts, and state decision-makers to develop a chapter and appendix for the update to the Marine Life Management Act Master Plan, CDFW’s guide for fisheries management.
We look forward to keeping the community updated on our progress through OceanSpaces. Supporting resilient fisheries raises a host of considerations, including community, governance, economy, and biology, just to name a few. At our workshop, state decision-makers repeatedly emphasized that this working group should elevate socioeconomic and cultural heritage impacts on the same level as the ecology and biology of the fish. This speaks directly to the State’s broader commitment to support and maintain healthy, resilient ocean and coastal ecosystems and communities, an important topic we explored at our last OPC-SAT workshop on Exploring Ocean Health as a Scientific Concept and Management Goal.
Finally, this working group will also align with other efforts already underway to address climate change. From sea level rise to ocean acidification, to using marine protected areas (MPAs) to understand the health of our coastal and ocean ecosystems, California is working with the OPC-SAT and others to harness scientific knowledge towards thoughtful adaptation strategies. For example, the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel (OAH Panel), which was seeded by the OPC-SAT , is an illustration of the kinds of innovative, cross discipline approaches that are required to support management and policy in the face of a changing future.
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— Skyli McAfee (@Skyli_McAfee) April 8, 2015