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Translating Resilience-based Management from Theory to Practice

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET


Dr. Anne Chung, Lynker Technologies, on contract to NOAA/NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, Habitat Conservation Division


NOAA's National Ocean Service Science Seminar; coordinator is
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Guidance on how to maintain or increase coral reef resilience has been commonly made at a broad, global scale. In this study, I took one particular recommended intervention " to protect herbivorous fishes through herbivore management areas " and distilled it into specific recommendations at an sub-island scale. To do so, I modified existing design principles for the creation of no-take marine area networks and applied them to a case study in the Main Hawaiian Islands. Next, I applied these design principles to lead a spatial desktop analysis, incorporating local ecological and social data to identify areas within a coastline where herbivore management could lead to greater resilience. This work demonstrates how one could refine resilience-based management guidance to a regional level and clarifies how to maximize the use of this one particular resilience-building tool.

 Dr. Anne Chung has been working in conservation science and planning in Hawaii for the last 10 years. She is a recent doctoral graduate from the University of Hawaii's Marine Biology Graduate Program and this work is part of her dissertation research. Previously, she worked supporting the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources on numerous projects including the Marine 30x30 Initiative, the Makai Watch Program, and the Coral Bleaching Recovery Plan. She has recently become a Natural Resource Specialist with Lynker Technologies, on contract to the NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office where she is supporting the Essential Fish Habitat program as well as coordination of place-based restoration work in West Hawaii through the Habitat Blueprint Program.
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