CSO Members,

Thanks for reading another edition of the CSO Newsletter Members Only Section. Please see the below Members Only announcements and information. Also, please remember to check out the regularly updated CSO Members Only website.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the RAE-CSO Summit in Long Beach. State coastal zone management programs have an impressive presence at this National gathering of coastal experts, practitioners, and leaders. CSO Staff has compiled an informal document that highlights this presence and I encourage all to review at this document here.

From the Hill:

Congress has agreed to a Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 21, avoiding a partial government shutdown when the current Continuing Resolution expires on December 7. While the majority of the government, with respect to dollar amount, has already been funded for FY2019, half of the appropriations bills (including the CJS Subcommittee that includes CZM funding) have not yet been enacted due to disagreements over funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border and protecting Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Also, a reminder that the 2019 State Fact Sheet Questionnaire was sent to members in November. Please try and fill the questionnaire out as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns about the questionnaire or State Fact Sheets please contact Grant Williams at gwilliams@coatalstates.org.

CSO Work Group Updates:

Please note that each CSO Work Group now has a dedicated page in the CSO Members Only website with up-to-date information.

Coastal Nonpoint Work Group:  Last week, the conditionally approved states were joined by staff from the Georgia Coastal Management Program for a discussion on what happens once a state has submitted an approvable coastal nonpoint program to NOAA and EPA. Notes from this meeting will be made available on CSO’s Coastal Nonpoint Work Group page. Please contact Bridget at bfaust@coastalstates.org if you have any questions.

Communications Work Group: The Communications Work Group continues work on the Extreme Weather Fact Sheet. We need photos and success stories. The Blue Economy document has stories from the East Coast and Gulf that we can reuse. However, we would like to have one story per region and need stories from the rest of the membership. Let us know if you have a project or initiative that you would like to highlight. Reminder – if your program uses social media – Please follow the CSO pages and re-share, retweet, repost our posts. We post items that benefit the overall CZM community and need your help to ensure that we reach as large of an audience as possible. We thank you in advance for your assistance.

The CSO social media pages are: Facebook@CoastalStatesOrganization;  Instagram@coastalstates_cso;  Twitter@Coastal_States.

Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group:  On Thursday, November 29th, the Coastal Hazards Planning and Adaptation Work Group held its first Peer-to-Peer Knowledge Exchange Webinar. We learned about the progress and challenges encountered during Indiana’s ongoing 309 strategy to develop model wetland protections ordinances, and also about work in Wisconsin to understand and address the relationship between wetlands and flood hazards. Thanks to all those that called in!

To download call materials, including a recording of the webinar, please visit the CHPA Work Group Resources webpage here. Please email bcotti-rausch@coastalstates.org if you have trouble accessing these materials.

Enjoy the holiday season and be sure to join us for our next Work Group call on Thursday, January 31st at 3:30 ET.

Webinar Announcements:

(1) Webinar: Sharpening Our Focus on MPAs for 2020 and Beyond – Extended Q&A

Presenters: Jane Lubchenco and Kirsten Grorud-Colvert of Oregon State University, Dan Laffoley of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas-Marine, and Naomi Kingston of UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

Date/Time: Monday, December 10, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC

Description: As countries work toward meeting their Aichi and SDG targets of protecting 10% of the ocean by 2020, and as post-2020 agenda discussions begin, many players are wrestling with the confusion around the plethora of types of MPAs and other related conservation measures. Fortunately, clarity surrounding many of the key issues is emerging. This webinar will describe the consensus arising from multiple recent MPA workshops, including answers to these questions: What is (and is not) an MPA? What standards should all MPAs meet? What are Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs) and how do they relate to MPAs?  IUCN already recognizes different types of MPAs according to their management objectives and governance arrangements, but is there a simple set of categories to describe the level of protection afforded by an MPA?  What outcomes are likely from different levels of protection?  Recognizing that it often takes time and multiple steps to establish a new MPA, when during the process should a new MPA be ‘counted’ in official tallies of total protection for a country or the world? Please note: This session is an extended question and answer session following the December 4 webinar on this subject. A brief overview of the December 4 presentations will be given at the beginning of this session, and a recording of the December 4 session will be sent to all preregistrants for the December 10 session.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RjPas1vhTXOyQ0L5x1bQgw 

(2) Webinar: Not all those who wander are lost – Fishers communities’ responses to shifts in the distribution and abundance of fish resources

Presenters: Eva Papaioannou of the University of Dundee and Rebecca Selden of Rutgers University

Date/Time: Thursday, January 31, 11 am US EST/8 am US PST/4 pm UTC

Description: Fish resources in Northeast US are sensitive to the impacts of climate change, with marked shifts in species’ distribution already taking place. Fishing communities’ response strategies to change are frequently neglected within policy, compromising the effectiveness of management schemes. This presentation will describe: 1) how fishing communities in these regions are responding to changes in the abundance and distribution of major commercial species and 2) how key characteristics of the fisheries (e.g., species diversity, gear diversity, vessel mobility, quota and permitting systems, proximity to fishing grounds) and fishing communities shape their choice of response strategies (e.g., changes in fishing effort, port of landing, and target species). This presentation will draw from research on New England lobster fisheries and mid-Atlantic Bight trawl fisheries. Results from these types of studies are critical for the development of climate-ready fisheries management and community adaptation plans.

Co-sponsors: EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RiwCqw_aRhqkyAtOX0d5FA

Other Updates:

CSO Members Only Website Update: A new members only calendar / event listing is now live on the CSO members only website. Please see the event listing on the left side of the Members Only homepage, and click the link for the full event calendar. If you would like to share an event with CSO members through the calendar and/or the biweekly newsletter, please send information to John Ryan-Henry at jryan-henry@coastalstates.org.

Input Requested: Critical needs in coastal ecosystem-based management: Researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, in cooperation with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), are conducting an online survey to identify research needs for ecosystem based management in the coastal marine resource management field, and have requested input from state coastal zone managers. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes. Participants may be invited to further share their insight in interviews and regional workshops. Please feel free to share the survey link with others with experience in coastal marine resource management that might also be willing to participate. Please see the Project Information & Survey Link.

Spring 2019 Roundtable on Managed Retreat Policies as a Strategy for Adapting to Coastal Change: In Spring 2019, Georgetown Climate Center will host a roundtable in Washington D.C. with academic experts and state and local leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges associated with retreat as a strategy for adapting to sea-level rise. GCC is interested to hear from any CSO members that would be interested in participating or presenting. If you are interested in joining this event, please reach out to John Ryan-Henry at jryan-henry@coastalstates.org.

Thank you for reading another edition of the CSO Member’s only newsletter and please be in touch with myself or relevant staff on any of the items above.


Bradley Watson
Executive Director
Coastal States Organization