The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee to the state’s Marine Reserves Program will meet on Thursday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m-3 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The meeting is open to the public.
STAC members will be discussing their role in the process of evaluating the ecological effects of the marine reserve system and the state’s management, and will also discuss providing guidance to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in directing “human dimensions” research concerning the impact of the reserves on coastal communities, the fishing industry, and other “stakeholders.” A discussion of “hypoxia” (low oxygen conditions) and acidification in Oregon’s nearshore ocean is also on the table. Go here for the full agenda.
The STAC will also provide an update on marine reserves research at the next Ocean Policy Advisory Council meeting on Nov. 1 (see separate listing). This will include the results of the Marine Reserve Program’s study of longline vs. hook-and-line fishing impacts.