The local team for Ulithi Atoll will be visiting California to talk about their award winning work along with the Santa Cruz Science team! come hear how they are changing the way coral reef conservation is achieved…
Thursday 22 September 2016
Cabrillo Horticulture Rm 5005
Jan 5, 2016: OneNOAA Science Seminar Series
Coral Reefs in a Changing Climate: Combining Indigenous Traditions and Western Science for Sustainable Coral Reef Management in the Micronesian Outer Islands
Remote access (webinar) or live 12:00-1:00 EST NOAA Headquarters SSMC4 – Large Conference Room – 8150
Remote Access: Mymeeting webinars. For Audio dial toll-free (U.S.) 1-877-708-1667. Enter code 7028688# For Webcast: go to www.mymeetings.com. Under “Participant Join”, click “Join an Event”, then add conf.no: 744925156. No code for web.
January 14: California Academy of Sciences 3:00-4:00 pm, Boardroom.
Combining tradition and modern science for sustainable ocean management in the Micronesian Outer Islands: A collaboration
We will be conducting a session at the ICRS meetings in Hawaii,2016:
We are collaborating to conduct Session 66 (https://www.sgmeet.com/icrs2016/sessionschedule.asp?SessionID=66)
Session 66: HUMAN-NATURAL COUPLED REEF SYSTEMS: INTEGRATING INDIGENOUS AND WESTERN SCIENCES FOR SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
We are currently accepting abstracts for this session, so please spread the word to colleagues!
Project Leader, Nicole Crane, is January’s special speaker at the UC Santa Cruz Science on Tap series.
Nicole Crane will discuss her team’s unique approach to supporting ocean management in one of the most bio-diverse coral reef systems in the world-–the outer islands of Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia. They are working closely with outer islanders to better understand traditional management and fishing, and using that knowledge to inform ecological data collection efforts. What is learned from the reefs is integrated with what is learned from the people to better understand the problems, and help frame solutions. Ultimately the management planning is up to the people of the outer islands – the science team helps inform them, and can assess the management impacts. Nicole will discuss the culture and traditions of the Outer Islanders, and present the results of the research they have been conducting there. This unique Project has sparked a movement across the outer islands for people to take action for cultural and ecological stability. Visit their website at onepeopleonereef.ucsc.edu
Nicole was invited to speak on March 11, 2014 at SRI International’s renown Cafe Scientifique. In her talk: “Forgotten Reefs, Forgotten People: How Conservation in Micronesia May Be Key to Sustainable Oceans” she discussed how we are empowering communities to sustainably manage their reef ecosystems.
It is a journey through a history of why fisheries declined, why management was forgotten, and how the communities themselves are reviving them. Starting with fishing practices, the team reaches into the very fabric that holds (and brings) these communities together and from which their cultural foundations were built.
Our project was featured as the cover article October 2013’s Good Times (a Santa Cruz based weekly newspaper).
The article was called “Saving Paradise” and the full text can be found here.
Interest for our project is growing among the Outer Islanders and these remote communities have asked for our help. We are planning a sustainable ocean management workshop that would bring together representatives from across the outer islands to help develop management plans and share knowledge about reef ecology and fish life histories. We need funds to be able to move the project forward. We want to take advantage of the momentum in the region. In order to attain our goals we have started a crowd-funding campaign. Please help us make a difference!