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Co-production of Integrated Ecosystem-based Science for Management Decisions

Co-production of Integrated Ecosystem-based Science for Management Decisions

There is a nationwide push for more holistic, ecosystem approaches to managing natural resources under changing conditions. For example, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEA) provide an approach that integrates multiple components of an ecosystem, including human dimensions, directly into the decision-making process of resource managers. IEA teams have included Indigenous and local ecological knowledge in the IEA process through co-production, from scoping to conceptual modeling, to help managers balance trade-offs and make decisions for over a decade.

Climate change, cross-jurisdictional issues (transboundary management; species distribution shifts, etc.), and impacts/tradeoffs of ocean industries like offshore wind and aquaculture, are making resource management increasingly complex. This session invites examples of the development of fisheries and ecosystem science and approaches to fisheries and ecosystem management, like IEAs, that involve the use of co-production or co-development to bring a diversity of perspectives to the table.

Organizer: Corinne Burns, Leading Solutions LLC in support of NOAA Fisheries, [email protected]

Co-organizers: Stephanie A Oakes, Mark Monaco, Kelly Montenero, Jamison Gove, Kirsten Leong, Elliott Hazen, Willem Klajbor, Jameal Samhouri

Supported by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) Program and Affiliates

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