Advances in Coastal Atlases, Habitat Mapping, and Habitat Assessment Science to Support Fisheries and Ecosystem Decisions

Thursday, September 8, 2011: 8:00 AM-5:15 PM
618 (Washington State Convention Center)
Recent advances in habitat assessments and improved access to spatial data have built the foundation for improved fisheries science and management. This symposium will highlight research connecting fisheries and habitat science; provide information about regional and national marine mapping, coastal atlas, and data initiatives; and identify methods for improving fisheries management using these new tools. Habitat assessments consolidate, analyze, and report the best available information on habitat characteristics relative to the population dynamics of a species. The goal of a habitat assessment is to support management decisions by providing information on how habitats contribute to the production and health of fisheries and the ecosystems upon which they rely. This session will present research which advances habitat science in support of fisheries management. Improved habitat assessments will contribute to assessments of ecosystem services, prepare for management challenges associated with climate change, and contribute to ecosystem-based fishery management, integrated ecosystem assessments, and coastal and marine spatial planning. Habitat assessments will also improve identification of essential fish habitat and habitat areas of particular concern, assess impacts to these areas, enable a reduction in habitat-related uncertainty in stock assessments, and allow ecosystem considerations and spatial analyses to be accounted for in management decisions.  In order to build upon and implement these habitat assessments, there is a significant need for reliable, standardized habitat information throughout marine and estuarine environments. New web-based coastal atlases and nearshore mapping databases integrate vast amounts of marine resource information and make it available to potential users.  This data has many applications for fisheries management and research.  This symposium will provide a forum to showcase regional-scale coastal habitat datasets and share innovations in coastal habitat inventory, classification, and modeling.  The symposium will provide participants with additional tools and resources for habitat research and habitat management.
Moderators:
Cindy Hartmann Moore, Kirsten Larsen and Joe Nohner
Organizers:
Joe Nohner, Cindy Hartmann Moore, Kristan Blackhart, Mary Yoklavich, Steve K. Brown, Kirsten Larsen, John Harper, Mary C. Morris, Mandy R. Lindeberg and Kathy Taylor
8:00 AM
Overview of ShoreZone Coastal Habitat Mapping Mandy R. Lindeberg, NOAA, NMFS, AFSC
8:15 AM
ShoreZone Habitats in Alaska, British Columbia and Washington Mary C. Morris, Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.
8:30 AM
Nearshore Habitat Classification John Harper, Coastal and Oceans Resources Inc.
8:45 AM
A Spatial Representation of the Nearshore Ecosystem for Species-Habitat Studies Edward J. Gregr, SciTech Environmental Consulting; Joanne Lessard, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Pacific Biological Station; John Harper, Coastal and Oceans Resources Inc.
9:00 AM
Using High Resolution Change Data with Existing Spatial Information to Observe Trends in Coastal Development Kenneth Pierce, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Timothy Quinn, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
9:15 AM
Moving towards a National Standard for Marine Habitat Classification Garry F. Mayer, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service; Mark A. Finkbeiner, NOAA Coastal Services Center
9:30 AM
Framework for Describing Groundfish Habitat Information for the Gulf of Alaska and Aleutian Islands Mark Zimmermann, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center; Jane A. Reid, U.S. Geological Survey; Nadine Golden, U.S. Geological Survey
9:45 AM
Morning Break
10:15 AM
Introducing the International Coastal Atlas Network Kathy Taylor, Washington Department of Ecology; Dawn Wright, Oregon State University; Ned Dwyer, University College Cork; Tanya Haddad, Oregon Coastal Management Program; Liz O'Dea, Washington Department of Ecology; David Hart, Wisconsin Sea Grant; Tony LaVoi, NOAA Coastal Services Center
10:30 AM
Maryland's Coastal Atlas - Tools for Resource Management Chelsie Papiez, Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Chris Cortina, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
10:45 AM
Informing Shoreline and Marine Resource Planning and Management through the Washington Coastal Atlas Kathy Taylor, Washington Department of Ecology; Darby Veeck, Washington Department of Ecology; Liz O'Dea, Washington Department of Ecology; Deborah Purce, Washington Department of Ecology; Tammy Pelletier, Washington Department of Ecology
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
Discover the Ichthyofauna in Shallow-Water, Marine Habitats of Alaska: an Online Fish Atlas Scott W. Johnson, NOAA, NMFS, AFSC, TSMRI; A. Darcie Neff, NOAA, NMFS, AFSC, TSMRI; John F. Thedinga, NOAA, NMFS, AFSC, TSMRI; Mandy R. Lindeberg, NOAA, NMFS, AFSC, TSMRI; Jim Noel, Data Consulting
11:30 AM
Mapping and Monitoring Floating Kelp Canopies in Washington State Helen Berry, Washington Department of Natural Resources; Thomas Mumford, Washington Department of Natural Resources
11:45 AM
Now on Web: Alaska ShoreZone Database of Intertidal Shore Stations Susan M. Saupe, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council; Mary C. Morris, Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.; Mandy R. Lindeberg, NOAA, NMFS, AFSC
11:50 AM
Alaska Regional Office's Web Portal to Coastal Imagery and Habitat Mapping Steve Lewis, NOAA NMFS, Alaska Regional Office; Mandy R. Lindeberg, NOAA, NMFS, AFSC
11:55 AM
Translation of ShoreZone Attribute Data to Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Classification Standard (CMECSvIII) Data Format Cindy Hartmann Moore, NOAA, NMFS, Alaska Region; Sheri Ward, Coastal and Ocean Resources Inc.; John Harper, Coastal and Oceans Resources Inc.
12:00 PM
Lunch Break
1:15 PM
Chronic Bottom Fishing, the Invasive Ascidian Didemnum Vexillum, and Demersal Fish Feeding: The "Pros" and "Cons" of Habitat Alteration on Northern Georges Bank Brian Smith, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service; Jeremy S. Collie, University of Rhode Island; Nicole L. Lengyel, University of Rhode Island
1:30 PM
Surveys of Rockfish Abundance in Untrawlable Habitat Using a Combination Acoustic-Optic-Trawl Survey Chris Rooper, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center; Darin Jones, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center; Michael Martin, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center; Tomas C. Weber, University of New Hampshire; John Butler, NOAA/NMFS/SWFSC; Christopher Wilson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1:45 PM
Using Quantitative Acoustic Backscatter to Improve Basin-Scale Models for Eastern Bering Sea Groundfish Robert A. McConnaughy, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA; Stephen E. Syrjala, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA; Cynthia Yeung, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
2:00 PM
Incorporation of Habitat Data in Modeling Acoustic Dead Zone Correction and Survey Bottom Trawl Efficiency Parameters for Semi-Pelagic Species Stan Kotwicki, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center; Alex De Robertis, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center; James Ianelli, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center; André E. Punt, University of Washington; John K. Horne, University of Washington
2:15 PM
Ocean Scale Hypoxia-Based Habitat Compression of Atlantic Istiophorid Billfishes Eric D. Prince, National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Jiangang Luo, University of Miami; C. Phillip Goodyear, NA; John P. Hoolihan, National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Derke Snodgrass, National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Eric S. Orbesen, National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Joseph E. Serafy, National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Mauricio Ortiz, National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Michael J. Schirripa, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Fisheries Science Center
2:30 PM
Prediction of Benthic Biotopes on the Norwegian Shelf and Slope Using Multivariate Analysis and Modelling Pål Buhl-Mortensen, Institute for Marine Research; Margaret Dolan, Geological Survey of Norway; Lene Buhl-Mortensen, Norway Institute of Marine Research
2:45 PM
2:50 PM
Relationships Between Reef Characteristics and Reef Fish Community Structure and Demographics in the NE Gulf of Mexico as Revealed in Video and Side Scan Sonar Data Chris L. Gardner, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Riverside Technologies Panama City Lab; Douglas A. DeVries, National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Patrick S. Raley, National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center; John H. Brusher, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Panama City Lab
2:55 PM
Environmental attributes of red snapper clusters in the Gulf of Mexico Paula Moreno, The University of Southern Mississippi; Michael Mathews, Bryan Texas Utilities
3:00 PM
Afternoon Break
3:30 PM
Green Sturgeon Physical Habitat Use in the Coastal Pacific Ocean David D. Huff, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center; Steven T. Lindley, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center; Polly S. Rankin, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Ethan A. Mora, University of California Davis
3:45 PM
Skate Nurseries as Habitat Areas of Particular Concern Gerald R. Hoff, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center
4:00 PM
Improved Habitat Areas of Particular Concern Evaluation Criteria - Alaska Region Matthew Eagleton, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Regional Office; Sandra A. Lowe, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center; Diana Evans, North Pacific Fisheries Management Council
4:15 PM
Egg Deposition in Sponge Bed and Deepwater Coral Habitats by Bigmouth Sculpin (Hemitripterus bolini) and Goldeneye Snailfish (Allocareproctus unangas) in Alaska with Descriptions of Eggs Morgan S. Busby, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center; Deborah M. Blood, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center
4:30 PM
Geomorphic Habitat Type, Drift Cell, Forage Fish, and Juvenile Salmon: Are They Linked? Anne Shaffer, Coastal Watershed Institute; Pat Crain, Olympic National Park; Todd Kassler, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Daniel Penttila, Salish Sea Biological; Dwight Barry, Western Washington University
4:45 PM
Distribution and Abundance Patterns of Several Reef Fish Species Among Different Hard Bottom Habitats in the NE Gulf of Mexico Douglas A. DeVries, National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Chris L. Gardner, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Riverside Technologies Panama City Lab; John H. Brusher, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Panama City Lab; Patrick S. Raley, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Riverside Technologies Panama City Lab
 
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Habitat Modeling as a Tool to Identify Sensitive Benthic Habitats and Essential Fish Habitats in Support of Fisheries Management (Withdrawn)
4:55 PM
Pilot Habitat Assessment of a Mesohaline Embayment of the Chesapeake Bay David Bruce, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office; Jay Lazar, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office; Steve Giordano, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office; Ward Slacum, VERSAR, Inc.
5:00 PM
Hudson Canyon: Multi Species Habitat Complexes as a Geographic Priority Vincent G. Guida, National Marine Fisheries Service Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Peter A. Rona, Rutgers University; Vernon Asper, University of Southern Mississippi; Arne Diercks, University of Southern Mississippi; Leonardo Macelloni, University of Mississippi; Mary I. Scranton, Stony Brook University; Martina Pierdomenico, University of Mississippi
5:05 PM
Estuarine Use of Habitat by English Sole and Relationships to Recruitment in Pacific Coast Estuaries Chris Rooper, NOAA, NMFS, AFSC; Don Gunderson, University of Washington; Dave Armstrong, University of Washington
5:10 PM
ShoreZone Imagery in Alaska, British Columbia and Washington Cindy Hartmann Moore, NOAA, NMFS, Alaska Region; John Harper, Coastal and Oceans Resources Inc.; Mary C. Morris, Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.; Mandy Lindeberg, NOAA, NMFS, AFSC; Susan M. Saupe, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council; Laura Baker, The Nature Conservancy; Heather Anderson, Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.
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