Aerial view of Salt River Bay.
Aerial view of Salt River Bay. Croix. St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. Credit: Mr. Sean Linehan, NOAA, NGS, Remote Sensing

The MPA Center, Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools NetworkOpenChannels and EcoAdapt sponsor a monthly webinar series focused on building and strengthening MPA networks. Miss a recent webinar? See the archive.

Watch this site for additional information on upcoming MPA Center Webinars.

The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve

Date: May 11, 2017 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:Matthew Chasse, Coastal Management Specialist, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Abstract: The newly designated He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve is the 29th in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and the first in Hawaii. The 1,385-acre reserve includes upland forests and grasslands, wetlands, reefs, and seagrass beds, as well as the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Island chain. The reserve also includes significant historic and cultural resources. This webinar will cover the process leading to the designation, and the reserve’s partnerships and management goals, including the integration of traditional Hawaiian ecosystem management with contemporary approaches. Learn more about the new reserve at https://coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/reserves/hawaii.html


A Coastal Conservation Leadership Program in Washington State

Date: June 8, 2017 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Casey Dennehy, Surfrider Foundation, Washington Coast Program Manager

Abstract: This webinar will describe a unique program on the Washington coast that has been offered to coastal conservation leaders the last two years. Known as the Surfrider Leadership Academy, the program follows the principles of networked leadership, collaboration, Marshall Ganz's public narrative framework, and concludes with a self-identified group project.


Green Fins: A tool for reducing the direct impacts of diving and tourism industries

Date: July 13, 2017 1:00 -2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers: Chloe Harvey, Programmes Manager, The Reef-World Foundation

Abstract: Join Chloe Harvey of Reef-World, to learn about Green Fins, a public-private partnership developed by UNEP and The Reef-World Foundation that leads to a measurable reduction in negative environmental impacts associated with SCUBA diving and snorkeling. This webinar will provide information on the Green Fins approach, share successes, and discuss lessons learned. The presentation will highlight newly released tools and resources available to support managers who are interested in reducing the impacts of marine tourism and applying the Green Fins approach in their areas.