World Ocean Council Panel to Explore How to Expand Fishing Industry Efforts to Gather Ocean, Weather, and Climate Data

World Ocean CouncilSenior fishing industry representatives and scientists will focus on the role of the fishing industry in collecting ocean, weather and climate data, and how to scale up these efforts, at a World Ocean Council (WOC) panel during the Seafood Summit (Hong Kong, 5-9 September).

The fishing industry can play a significant role in collecting data that: a) contributes to describing the status, trends and variability of ocean, weather and atmosphere conditions and b) improves the understanding, modeling and forecasting of ocean ecosystems and resources.

Lori Kennedy, co-owner/cofounder of Louisbourg Seafoods, said, “Fishers like to be included in data collection programs and have the potential to gather information in areas not frequented by other ocean users. Increased data can be used to improve safety at sea and the responsible use and management of ocean resources.”

“The panel will consider the ocean industry data gathering experience to date, constraints and opportunities for expanding the use of fishing vessels, and how the fishing industry can learn from and collaborate with other ocean industries in collecting ocean and atmospheric information”, noted Paul Holthus, WOC Executive Director.

The fishing industry panel is part of the WOC “Smart Ocean/Smart Industries” initiative to facilitate, scale up and coordinate data collection by ocean users, e.g. fisheries, shipping, oil/gas, offshore renewables. The initiative is working to develop efficient, cost effective data gathering by ocean industries that builds on existing efforts, creates economies of scale and is integrated into national and international ocean observing and science programs.

Improved and expanded information from industry vessels and platforms will contribute to improved modeling of weather, ocean conditions and climate change and will support safer more responsible use of ocean space and resources – with clear benefits for business, society, science, and governments.

[Source: World Ocean Council (WOC) news release]

Spatial Analysis of Longleaf Pine Stand Dynamics after 60 Years of Management

Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference, 2012

John C. Gilbert, John S. Kush, and Rebecca J. Barlow

“There are still many questions and misconceptions about the stand dynamics of naturally-regenerated longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.). Since 1948, the “Farm Forty,” a forty-acre tract located on the USDA Forest Service Escambia Experimental Forest near Brewton, Alabama, has been managed to create high quality wood products, to successfully promote natural regeneration, and to minimize management costs. Management consists of periodic inventories, prescribed fire, and harvests, which have created an uneven-aged stand structure with a range of age classes. A GIS database was created by stem-mapping all pines greater than or equal to 3.1 inches dbh (diameter at breast height). This database contains information for over 5,000 trees and provides a unique opportunity to explore longleaf pine stand dynamics spatially. The variations in densities and size classes across the tract will be evaluated to provide information about how longleaf pine grows and the dynamics of long-term management.”