|What did I do for Shiretoko as a Pew Fellow?
Draft foodweb in Shiretoko Marine Area (under construction)
|The group will accomplish these goals by first choosing interim indicators
and benchmarks of ecosystem management. For example, the total population
size of Steller sea lions and the number of individuals that visit the
SWH area, the local population size of several sea birds, including Steller
sea eagles, and the size of walleye Pollack stock will be used as benchmarks.
Matsuda will then build a mathematical and bio-economic model that includes
several important species and incorporates stochasticity and uncertainty.
The group will monitor some indicators that are not already being monitored
by the SWH office, such as the stomach contents of sea lions and benthic
fauna and flora. Monitoring results will be presented on an English/Japanese
web site. Finally, the project will include an evaluation the role of co-management
activities and their effects on ecosystem management for the Shiretoko
Fisheries Association. The team will make recommendations regarding adaptive
management actions based on these results.
Matsuda's project will advance the study of adaptive management of marine ecosystems and will challenge the idea that it is not possible to establish appropriate management benchmarks and associated indicators of success to achieve ecosystem objectives. The resulting Marine Management Plan will protect the unique ecosystem and inhabitants of the Shiretoko Peninsula.