We’re excited to share with you a new mini-series within our Lunch and Learn series. Washington Sea Grant is celebrating 50 years of providing research, outreach, communications and education to Washington’s marine communities. EarthLab has partnered with Washington Sea Grant for a special three-part series that builds upon Collaborating Across Difference, an exploration in how individuals from different disciplines, communities or geographies come together around a common goal.
March 9, 2021 | 12:30 – 2:30 PM: How Collaborative Research Reduced ‘Seabird Bycatch’ Presented by Ed Melvin, Julia Parrish and John McHenry.
Presented by: Ed Melvin, affiliate professor, UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences; Julia Parrish, professor, UW Biology; and Captain John McHenry, owner and captain of the Seymour & member of the Fishing Vessels Owners Association
Each year, hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including many endangered albatrosses and petrels, are trapped and drowned in commercial fishing gear worldwide. This is known as seabird bycatch. A collaborative research effort led by Washington Sea Grant marine fisheries scientist Ed Melvin resulted in Alaskan longline fisheries adopting streamer lines, a technology to create a visual barrier that keeps seabirds away from baited hooks.
A new study published shows that since the widespread adoption in 2002, seabird bycatch in Alaska has been reduced by 77 to 90 percent. This is an overwhelming success story for birds, for conservation efforts in general, and for the fishing industry.
In this presentation, Ed Melvin and partners Julia Parrish and John McHenry will discuss what made this collaboration successful and lessons learned along the way.
May 11, 2021 | 12:30-1:30 PM: Planning for Future Sea Level Rise: Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP)
July TBD: Featuring the Washington Sea Grant “Crab Team”
Learn more about the Lunch & Learn series, including previous presentations, here.
Co-sponsored by the UW Center for Global Studies, Center for Health & the Global Environment, Urban@UW, UW EarthLab, and Washington Sea Grant.