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.

NOAA Marine Debris Program-funded Microplastic Research and Current Research Priorities

Date: April 13, 2017 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Carlie Herring, Research Coordinator, Marine Debris Division, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration

Abstract: Dive into the world of microplastics with the NOAA Marine Debris Program! Learn about the various types and sources of microplastics, and the impacts associated with microplastic marine debris. In this webinar, we will highlight microplastic studies funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program, including studies that examine chemical and microplastic interactions under various environmental conditions (leaching and sorption studies), ingestion of microplastics by planktonic marine organisms, microplastic and contaminant interactions in marine food webs, and the abundance and occurrence of microplastic debris on beaches and in the Mississippi River watershed. In addition, this webinar will also briefly highlight current MDP research priorities.


The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve

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

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

Dr. Sarah Robinson, Critical Inquiries Research, Brookline, Massachusetts

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.