[Training Resources] Marine Planning Advancement Training: Registration Open for Spring 2016

Invitation to Register for MPAT-2T Trainings Dear Marine Planning Professionals, Greetings from the Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) Program! I’m writing to let you know that registration is now open for our Spring 2016 series of Marine Planning Advancement Training (MPAT) opportunities. Training opportunities are available at the following dates and locations: Portland Marriott, Downtown Waterfront, Portland, OR – Feb 10-11, 2016 – Register Here *Note: Last day to register at early bird tuition rate is Tues. Jan 26th.  US Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington DC – Mar 2-3, 2016 – Register Here *Note: Last day Continue reading →

[News and Events] Ocean data job opportunities

Hello West Coast Ocean Data Network, I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and share two job announcements for geospatial related work on the West and East Coasts. Please feel free to share with interested colleagues. West Coast Geospatial Coordinator The Baldwin Group, Inc. (TBG), a contractor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM), is re-announcing a exciting/dynamic opportunity for an enterprising professional to apply their geospatial expertise to critical ocean and coastal management challenges, working with Continue reading →

[WCODP ACT] Monthly Call – Jan. 14 2016

The WCODP ACT met last week to hear updates about the West Coast Ocean Partnership meeting Jan. 5-6, 2016, review and discuss the WCODP recommendations to the RPB regarding our role and data priorities, and reviewed and provided feedback on a draft sea level rise webpage and set of maps for the portal. You can read the full call notes here.  

[Data Update] West Coast fishing closure data sets now available

The West Coast Ocean Data Portal, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and Marine Cadastre are pleased to announce the release of new, unique regional data sets representing areas of the West Coast closed to commercial and recreational fishing by state and federal agencies. The data provides the spatial footprint and name of the closure, regulated species and gears, seasonality and review interval, regulatory agency, and relevant regulations. While these data are not intended for regulatory purposes they do provide a picture of impacts to the Continue reading →

[WCODP ACT] Monthly call – Dec. 1, 2015

The WCODP ACT discussed recommendations we will be making to both the regional ocean partnership and regional planning body related to WCODP activities, roles in marine planning, and data priorities for synthesis. We also heard updates related to data publication, upcoming outreach, and ACT member data projects and events. You can read the full call notes here. Action Items WCODP Objectives and Activities – Please review and provide comments on our list of objectives and activities for the WCODP to be included in the West Continue reading →

[WCODP ACT] Monthly Call – Nov. 3 2015

The WCODP ACT met on Tuesday Nov. 3. It was a quick call, but one that set the stage for opportunities to provide feedback and discussion on upcoming work associated with our Moore Foundation grant. We were able to hear updates regarding the roles and tasks of the WCODP, priority data systems to connect with, and introduce our approach for prioritizing data. You can read the full call notes here. Recent outreach to the West Coast Regional Planning Body brought some new people’s voices to the group Continue reading →

[Working Groups] Outreach Monthly Call – Oct. 29, 2015

The Outreach Working Group met today to discuss upcoming funded work, outreach materials for sub-regional RPB meetings, and the role of the WCODP in supporting regional and sub regional marine planning activities (see below). You can read the full call notes here.  For the role discussion, the working group members focused on setting some examples of how we could support marine planning in the region. These included highlighting roles of our Network as well as those of our Infrastructure. As we learn more about the identification of Continue reading →

[Working Groups] Monthly IT Call – Oct. 23, 2015

The IT Working Group met today and developed a game plan for addressing recently funded work to scope technical steps for connecting to relevant data catalogs on the West Coast. Additionally, we discussed some techical work being conducted to connect to Data.gov and a British Columbia data catalog. You can read the full call notes here. As part of our next round of work, we will be scoping steps for connecting to priority data collections and catalogs. If you have input on catalogs we should connect Continue reading →

[Working Groups] Monthly Data Call – Oct. 22, 2015

The Data Working Group met today to discuss our recent Moore Grant aimed at developing data sets to support the Regional Planning Body. The first steps of which are refining our West Coast data priorities list (see action item below). Additionally, we updated the group on our data publication schedule and recent additions to the WCODP data catalog. You can read the full call notes here.  If you have interest in helping us refine our data priorities list, please follow the link below to contribute knowledge Continue reading →

[News and Events] WCODP awarded data coordination funds from Moore Foundation

In recognition of the role of regional data coordination in supporting marine planning activities, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded the WCODP funds to support greater coordination of the West Coast Ocean Data Network with state, federal, and tribal partners and the synthesis of priority data sets. The award also includes funding to support other foundational work of the West Coast Regional Planning Body to identify sub-regional planning issues and conduct an science assessment. The West Coast Ocean Data Network working groups will Continue reading →
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