The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program (DSCRTP) convened a 2-day science priorities workshop on April 16- 17, 2018 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The purpose of the workshop was to build partnerships and set research priorities for the Program’s 4-year West Coast Deep-Sea Coral Initiative (WCDSCI; 2018-2021). Forty-one scientists and managers with relevant expertise from across the U.S. West Coast participated in the workshop representing seven NOAA offices, other federal agencies, non-government organizations, several coastal Washington treaty tribes, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and academic institutions. The workshop started with a welcome and introduction to both DSCRTP and WCDSCI. Once the purpose, structure, and goals of the initiative were summarized, other agencies active in deep-sea research provided overview presentations outlining their mission-specific goals and objectives, their previous and ongoing deep-sea coral and sponge research efforts, and the tools and technology available for potential WCDSCI-aligned activities. After the research landscape was established for the region, the majority of the remaining discussions took place during interactive break-out sessions.

  • Report
Type: DSCRTP Supported Date: 2019
  • Pacific Council
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