|[MLPA Initiative] Contractor sought for recreational data collection|
Posted by Ken Wiseman on June 13, 2007 at 01:28:50:|
California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement
California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative
Revised June 12, 2007
The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative is a public-private partnership designed to help the State of California implement the MLPA, using the best readily available science as well as the advice and assistance of scientists, resource managers, experts, stakeholders and members of the public. The MLPA directs the state to redesign Californias system of marine protected areas to increase its coherence and effectiveness in protecting the states marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems, and marine natural heritage, as well as to improve recreational, educational and study opportunities provided by marine ecosystems.
The MLPA Initiative has several goals that are being achieved through the collaborative efforts of a number of professional staff, a science advisory team, two groups of stakeholders (statewide and north central coast), and the interested public, all under the guidance of a blue ribbon task force established by Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman. The work of the task force will be completed by May 2008; however, the State of California will continue the work started by the task force along the remaining sections of California coast, with a goal of completing those regions by 2011.
The MLPA Initiative seeks to gather information regarding areas of importance for specific non-consumptive user groups in the MLPA North Central Coast Study Region (from Alder Creek near Point Arena in Mendocino County to Pigeon Point in San Mateo County). Spatial data on areas of importance, as well as qualitative data on why areas are important, are proposed to be gathered in four workshops, one for each of the following non-consumptive activities:
The resulting maps and associated information gathered by the contractor will be used by members of the MLPA North Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group, who are charged with developing alternative proposals for marine protected areas (MPAs) in the study region.
Scope of Work
A research protocol will be developed that uses participatory mapping methods (online or via hardcopy maps) with the goal of identifying discrete areas of importance from key informants of each user group. Relative importance of locations will be discerned using a "one hundred pennies" method (Scholz 2004), consistent with data collection for consumptive user groups in the MLPA process. Data gathered in these workshops will be stored in a GIS database, maps of stated areas of importance for each user group will be generated, and qualitative information as to why these areas are important will be reported.
The contractor will organize and manage the four workshops described above, help to compile and analyze the resulting data, and provide to the MLPA Initiative a summary report and four associated maps (one for each user group) for the study region. The contractor will conduct outreach to each of the user groups in planning the above workshops to ensure that suitable representation of each group is achieved. MLPA Initiative and California Department of Fish and Game staff may provide support during workshops and a third party will provide data management and analysis support.
Deliverables and Timeline
It is expected that the contractor will begin work on this project by June 27, 2007 and will provide to the MLPA Initiative a progress report on July 27, 2007.
All proposals, including the eight identified elements, should be no longer than ten pages, and submitted no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 to:
Ken Wiseman, Executive Director
All work products will become property of the State of California upon completion of the project. Academic and other publications based on the analyses and data are acceptable if acknowledgement is given to the funding support provided by the MLPA Initiative and the following statement is included on each publication: The views expressed here are those of the author(s) and have not been reviewed by, nor are they approved by, the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative or the State of California.
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