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  1. Presentation forNOAA SAB Working Group on Extension, Outreach and Education Usha Varanasi Science and Research Director Northwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA Fisheries Service July 24, 2007

  2. Northwest Fisheries Science Center Provide the science needed to conserve & manage living marine resources & their ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest • Science that is: • relevant • responsive • reliable • respected • innovative NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  3. Value of Outreach, Education, & Extension Goal: Educate, Excite, and Empower people to understand earth systems and be stewards of our planet • Allow managers/policy makers to make sound decisions • Foster a diverse, and interdisciplinary workforce • Help create a well-informed and motivated public NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  4. Three examples • Ecosystem-based management and “Sound Science” in Puget Sound • Seafood dilemma - a way forward • Oceans and Human Health Center NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  5. Puget Sound:Ecosystem-basedmanagement Challenges: Science is complex, fragmented Science needs to be open and shared Science needs to be understood, valued and used

  6. “Sound Science” • Accessible descriptions • ecosystem goods and services in Puget Sound • connections between species, habitats, humans and specific locations • current and future threats to species and habitats • key science needs for promoting a healthier Puget Sound • Foundational document to inform on-going and future management of Puget Sound • Collaborative • Over 30 authors from 12 institutions engaged 100 scientists to produce and review the document

  7. Sound Science Signing CeremonyJanuary 16, 2007

  8. Translation of Science into Action NOAA West Puget Sound Partnership Puget Sound ecosystem recovery Science collaboration Outreach & education NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  9. NOAA Regional Collaboration – 8 Regions NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  10. Hurricane Katrina, an example of readiness NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  11. NATURE Volume 437(22), September 2005 NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  12. Seafood Dilemma - Challenges • Weighing benefits -vs- risks • A changing seafood supply: domestic -vs- foreign (wild -vs- cultured) • Improving the flow of information

  13. The need for good information NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  14. Managing the seafood dilemma • Recommendations: • Establish national seafood assessment program • Better monitoring, tracking and labeling • Standardized regulatory measures among federal agencies • Increase analytical capability to measure risks and benefits • Provide user friendly data management and improve communication • Provide program oversight NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  15. -- Better able to mitigate threats to human health from key stressors and contaminated seafood -- Better able to evaluate risks and benefits of eating different seafood products -- Better understand how key stressors influence human health -- Better able to forecast threats to human health OHH Strategy: Goals & Outcomes Humans Sentinels (fish & marine mammals) Seafood(shellfish & fish) & Water Quality Oceans Pathogens Biotoxins Toxic Chemicals Environmental Variability & Climate NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  16. 97% believe that ‘a healthy Puget Sound is a legacy that we must leave to our children’ • Only25% rate the health of Puget Sound as ‘not so good’ or ‘poor’ Public opinion polling in 2006:an awareness problem pugetsoundpartnership.org

  17. Visiting scholars • Traineeships • Education • Outreach • External partners Making the Connections Seafood Supply & Safety Recreation Sentinels/Vectors Ballast Water Management Coastal Hazards Information Public Health Ocean Humans Healthy Ecosystems Environmental Quality Monitoring Habitat Restoration Climate and Weather Monitoring Water Quality Eutrophication Natural Disasters & Spills NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  18. OHH Products & Activities Informationalone-pagers Community events College seminar series Educator workshops & middle school internship Partnering to reach stakeholders Website NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  19. Challenges to Outreach, Education, & Extension • Partnering good scientists and communicators • Need tools for measuring success • How do we get biggest bang for our buck? NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  20. Outreach Materials • Briefing books • One-pagers • Stakeholders • Community talks • Science Symposium • Informal K-12 education • Educator workshops • NOAA Science Camp NWFSC Communications TeamScience backgroundEducation expertise • Media Relations • Press releases • Web articles • Partnerships • Seattle Aquarium • Pacific Science Center

  21. Lessons Learned • Ensure science is relevant, easily understood, and used by public • Take a leadership role • Leverage existing resources • Use partnerships to reach constituents NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  22. Recommendations • Make wise investments • Develop smart performance measures • Recognize and capitalize on opportunities NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  23. THANK YOU

  24. Transition slide extras

  25. Questions to ponder • Focus on Central -vs- Regional programs? • Who will staff extension, outreach and education? • Should funding for extension, outreach & education be separate or come from programmatic funds? NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  26. NOAA West Line Offices National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) National Ocean Service (NOS) National Weather Service (NWS) Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO)

  27. The West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health Priorities …touch on a broad range of issues, including ecosystem management, habitat protection / restoration, ocean and coastal science, coastal and offshore development, and ocean literacy. Partners …initially focused on state governments of Washington, Oregon, and California. A new federal interagency group is now working with the states to identify ways to collaborate. NOAA …co-chairs the federal workgroup and has formed a subgroup under the NOAA Western Region to coordinate internally. NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

  28. Outreach to Regional and Local Governments • Community planners • Sea Grant • Education providers • Regulators • Policy makers Outreach to Constituents • NOAA and DOC • Congress • Scientific Community • Resource Managers • Public Health Managers • Beach Managers • Shellfishers, Fishers • Utility workers Oceans and Human Health - Audiences Education • Graduate students • Undergraduate • Teachers • Students Public • Civic groups • Coastal residents and visitors