Shauna Hanisch-Kirkbride Joins PMEP Steering Committee

Shauna Hanisch-Kirkbride is Managing Director of the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group in Vancouver, Washington.  LCFEG is one of Washington’s 14 regional fisheries enhancement groups that work to create partnerships with landowners, tribes, local businesses, volunteers, agencies, and NGOs to lead their communities in successful habitat restoration, education, and monitoring projects.  Shauna studied at the University of Montana (B.S.) and Boise State University (MPA) and holds a Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University.  Her professional experience includes teaching environmental science and ecology at a college in Michigan and several years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service migratory bird program where she focused on double-crested cormorant management.  With experience in ecology, policy, and human dimensions, she brings a well-rounded, socioecological perspective to all of the issues she works on. After several years in the temperate deciduous forests of the eastern U.S., she is happy to be back in her home state of Washington working to help improve salmonid habitat.

PMEP West Coast Estuaries Explorer added to NOAA Digital Coast

The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership’s Estuaries Explorer data tool was recently added to the NOAA Digital Coast website. The Estuaries Explorer application enables you to explore the estuaries of Washington, Oregon, and California and compare them to each other. You can combine dynamic filters and an interactive map to find specific estuary types you are interested in, or estuaries that contain focal species of interest. You can explore estuaries in more detail and find a specific estuary by name or location. You can also zoom to a specific area on the map to compare estuaries and the filters automatically update to show you the number of estuaries in that area that meet different conditions. The Estuaries Explorer tool integrates a wide variety of datasets from along the West Coast, providing restoration practitioners, researchers, and resource managers with comprehensive estuary data for improved decision-making. Find it on the NOAA Digital Coast website here or access it from the PMEP website here.

PMEP Requests Proposals for Nearshore Science Support

PMEP has issued a Request for Proposals for Nearshore Science support for our nearshore project. PMEP seeks to identify a contractor to conduct literature reviews, compile available information, and collaborate with regional experts including the PMEP nearshore regional working group to develop a “State of the Knowledge” report on West Coast nearshore habitats. The full RFP can be found at the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission website here.