Science for Citizens - Integration of Habitat Mapping & Acoustic Technologies to Advance Ecosystem Based Management

September 24, 2019 7:00pm iCal Google Calendar

This free public seminar will be hosted in CBL's Bernie Fowler Laboratory room 1101. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Title: Integration of Habitat Mapping &  Acoustic Technologies to Advance Ecosystem Based Management

Speaker: Dr. Mark Monaco (CBL alumnus PhD 1995; Director of Marine Spatial Ecology, NOAA - National Center for Coastal Ocean Science)

Abstract: Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is an integrated management approach that considers the full array of interactions within an ecosystem, including humans, rather than considering single issues, species, and use of ocean space in isolation. The current and future environmental challenges facing ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems benefit from EBM by utilizing a broad management approach that considers cumulative impacts on marine environments; an approach that works across sectors to manage species and habitats, economic activities, conflicting uses, and the sustainability of resources.  NOAA’s Marine Spatial Ecology Division and partners couple satellite-based and air-borne remote sensing (e.g., photographic imagery) and ship-based (e.g., sonar soundings) technologies to map coastal and bottom habitats. The map products are key components in where and when to monitor fish distribution and abundance through visual, fishing gear, and fishery acoustic surveys. The habitat maps and fish monitoring data support locating the placement of underwater listening devices to define species’ habitat utilization patterns and movements through acoustic telemetry. The integration of these bio-physical data advances our ability to define ecological connectivity of marine ecosystems based on species’ distribution patterns and is a key component to advance EBM through spatial management of marine resources.

This seminar is presented as a part of the Science for Citizens seminar series. For a full list of the public seminars in this series, please visit: