Environmental Conflict Resolution in the Santa Barbara Channel

Thursday, June 8, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Corwin Pavilion

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The annual spatial@ucsb.local17 Poster and Plenary Session that showcases how spatial thinking facilitates research and creativity was held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Corwin Pavilion. With Rockney Rudolph presiding, the Channel Islands Regional GIS Collaborative (CIRGIS) held its annual meeting; Grace Goldberg moderated the Plenary Session on Environmental Conflict Resolution in the Santa Barbara Channel, and 38 posters were submitted for viewing and discussion after the meeting.

Representatives from the private sector and industry and campus-wide academics in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and engineering programs participated in this event.

Photo credit: George Naugles


Carrie Kappel, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara

Planning for Aquaculture in the Southern California Bight, with Models, Maps, and Real Stakeholders

Marine spatial planning (MSP) is increasingly used to reduce conflicts and environmental impacts and promote sustainable use of marine ecosystems. We developed a modeling framework to coordinate the development of multiple emerging ocean uses while balancing multiple existing management objectives. In this talk I will demonstrate its value for guiding offshore aquaculture (bivalve, finfish and kelp farming) development in relation to existing sectors and environmental concerns (wild-capture fisheries, view shed quality, benthic pollution and disease spread) in the Southern California Bight. We identified >250,000 MSP solutions that show that aquaculture can be highly compatible with other ocean uses while generating significant seafood supply and billions of dollars in revenue with minimal impacts. To illustrate, I’ll discuss how these results are being used to inform offshore shellfish aquaculture planning, and stakeholder engagement in Ventura, CA.

Bio: Carrie Kappel is an Associate Research Scientist at University of California’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. She earned a B.S. with Honors in Biology from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University. A marine conservation biologist and community ecologist by training, she has worked in coral reefs, kelp forests and rocky intertidal systems and now uses collaborative synthesis science to develop conservation solutions that protect marine ecosystems and enhance human well-being.

Morgan Visalli
MESM, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Whales, Ships, and Missiles in the Santa Barbara Channel:
Solving Complex Environmental Problems with Innovative Spatial Tools

The Santa Barbara Channel region has an exceptional abundance and diversity of marine species, and provides important habitat for Gray, Blue and Humpback whales. The area is also heavily transited by large cargo ships and serves as a military testing ground. These dynamics have resulted in fatal ship strikes on endangered whales and conflicts among ocean users. This talk will explore how spatial tools and mapping are used to help solve complex environmental problems with diverse stakeholders.

Bio: Morgan Visalli is a California Sea Grant Fellow (2015) and a graduate of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management (MESM 2014). She has worked on mapping and spatial analysis projects at the Sustainable Fisheries Group, NOAA, and as a thru-hiker on the California Coastal Trail. She is excited about marine spatial planning, connecting science and policy, and reducing marine debris.

Moderator: Grace Goldberg
Director of Operations
SeaSketch & McClintock Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara

Bio: Grace Goldberg coordinates activities at the SeaSketch and McClintock Lab, and serves as an interface between the lab and collaborators. She is trained as a scientist, interested in research questions that include human users in marine ecosystems, with relevance to spatial management and real conservation goals. Goldberg received her M.S. in Marine Systems and Conservation from Stanford University, completing a thesis on sea turtle spatial dynamics to inform sustainable development. She spent time at Hopkins Marine Station as a scientific diver, and in the Earth Systems Program, which focuses on interdisciplinary environmental problem solving, systems thinking, and communication.

spatial@ucsb.local17: Poster and Plenary Session