Date: June 8, 2017
Location: Corwin Pavilion
Plenary Session Topic: Environmental Conflict Resolution in the Santa Barbara Channel
The ocean is crowded with human activities including shipping, fishing, aquaculture, recreation, energy extraction and more. The Santa Barbara Channel is a prime example of how many of these activities conflict spatially and, together, stress marine ecosystems and threaten the services they provide. How do we know where ocean uses are conflicting? How can we engage ocean stakeholders in a participatory process to reduce conflict? What is the role of science and GIS in the resolution of environmental conflict? Our presenters will highlight some recent efforts to involve a wide array of stakeholders, scientists and government agencies in the design of plans that reduce conflict in the Santa Barbara Channel and improve the sustainable use of our ocean resources.