CAFA Principal Investigator Community of Practice (2020-2023)

Gary Cooper helps dump a catch of walleye pollock onto a sorting table onboard the NOAA ship Miller Freeman during a stock and food source assessment in September 2007

Gary Cooper helps dump a catch of walleye pollock onto a sorting table onboard the NOAA ship Miller Freeman during a stock and food source assessment in September 2007. (Photo by Ingrid Spies, provided by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.)

The CAFA Program organized a Community of Practice to foster communication, coordination and collaboration to help advance the projects funded beginning in Fiscal Year 2020. The projects were funded to (1) integrate climate, ecological, and socio-economic research and modeling efforts to evaluate the performance of fisheries management strategies under different climate and ocean scenarios and inform climate-resilient fisheries management, and (2) promote regional collaboration across the science and management communities to provide information on future conditions, risks, and management strategies for use in fishery stock assessments and fisheries management decisions. 

The core members of the Community of Practice are principal investigators (PIs) of funded projects from universities, science institutions, NOAA and other Federal centers and laboratories. Members of the Community of Practice also include CO-PIs, other project participants and invited scientists from across the community with interest and expertise.

Through monthly video calls, the Community of Practice provides a mechanism to share knowledge, insights, and experience across regional projects. The Community of Practice also facilitates collaboration with other relevant activities inside and outside of NOAA.

For the abstracts of projects funded from CAFA’s FY2020 competition, please click here.

CAFA Community of Practice Objectives:

  1. Provide a mechanism to share information, lessons learned, and solutions developed across the projects. 
  2. Foster a community of practice to discuss project developments, exchange ideas and information, find solutions, and build innovations. 
  3. Foster collaboration with other relevant efforts including the NOAA Climate and Fisheries Initiative. 
  4. Help communicate project-related activities and results to interested audiences.

MERT Contributes to Launch of National Marine Ecosystem Status Indicators

  • 29 October 2020
MERT Contributes to Launch of National Marine Ecosystem Status Indicators

On October 19, NOAA launched a new National Marine Ecosystem Status web portal, with contributions from CPO’s Marine Ecosystem Risk Team (MERT). The portal provides data on a number of indicators that track the status and trends of seven major marine ecosystems across the United States as well as a national synthesis. A product of a multi-year effort spearheaded by the cross-NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessments program, it provides easy access to NOAA’s wide range of essential coastal and marine ecosystem data in one location for the first time. The web portal will provide the interested public, educators, outreach specialists, natural resource managers, and others a starting point to explore the status of these seven marine ecosystems and the nation at-a-glance. MERT is leveraging the Assessment program’s partnership with the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information and North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, by connecting their expertise in sustaining and maintaining indicators with the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment program’s effort.

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