Summary of Institute Action Items

Humboldt Marine and Coastal Sciences Institute Advisory Board Retreat
27 February 2015
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center

Fisheries Break-out Group

1.    ✓ Sustain and expand fishery cooperative groups based on Tim Mulligan and Laurie                  Richmond’s MPA models
           Response: These groups are currently funded on MPA projects for the next two                                    years; after that we will look for RFPs and/or donor funds to continue                                support
2.    ✓ Study on local live fish fishery: transportation chain, role of holding facilities, local                 interest.
            Response: Several faculty are interested in pursuing a grant with community                                       partners(Mulligan, Richmond. Tyburczy, Tissot)
3.    ⇒Economic study on the valuation of locally-caught seafood
             Response: Some previous work done already and is ongoing (Steve Hackett)
4.    ⇒Need to integrate fishery issues, specifically education on sea food, into ocean                     literacy curriculum
             Response: Will include in outreach material, teacher workshops

Aquaculture Break-out Group

1.    ✓ Human dimension study on the socio/econ/cultural aspects of locally grown vs.                    imported aquaculture products. Carbon costs included plus other benefits, not just              costs.
          Response: Richmond submitted proposal to CSU Agriculture RFP; not funded but                                looking for another funding opportunity
2.    ✓ Foster better relationships between industry and the University through internships,              fellowships, mentors from industry Sea Grant or Coast Fellows program
           Response: Tissot will pursue internship possibility with HSU; community members                              are encouraged to work with Sea Grant and/or CSU COAST  fellowships                              programs to become involved
3.    ⇒Need advocacy and research for local aquaponics industry. Role of invasive species,                               effects on eel grass.
          Response: Need more have faculty interest to move forward

Monitoring and Assessment Break-Out Group

1.    ✓ Continue to support and expand CenCOOS and Trinidad Line programs
          Response: Support is ongoing and several proposals developed for future work                                  (Bjorkstedt, Abell, Tissot)
2.    ✓ Need better monitoring programs in place. Especially for eel grass in Humboldt Bay,             role of ocean acidification and biotic interactions.
          Response: MPA estuary projects in progress (Shaughnessy, Mulligan). Will look for                               RFPs to continue support into the future, including GIS/Drone                                           approaches.
3.    ⇒Build capacity and collaborate with local tribes. Help establish marine programs (one           model UBC First Nations Program http://fnsp.arts.ubc.ca/).
           Response: Important need for the region and a current HSU priority. The institute                                will work with programs on campus to include marine science. Will                                    continue to collaborate with Tribes and increase number of                                                collaborations. 
4.    ⇒Study incidence and causes of PSP and HAB in steams and rivers.
           Response: Need more have faculty interest to move forward