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Oyster Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program (OIMMP) workshop, Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 24th, 2017 at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in St. Augustine, Florida.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 24th 2017 at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in St. Augustine, Florida. The goals of this workshop are to:

Bring together representatives from mapping and monitoring programs across the state to foster communication, leverage any duplicate efforts, and identify data gaps and needs.
Compare mapping and monitoring methods for oyster reefs, identify ways to foster data sharing, and compile local, regional, and statewide mapping and monitoring efforts.
Funding available to facilitate in-person attendance. Remote access options also available. To accommodate travel time, the workshop will begin around noon Thursday and end early afternoon on Friday. Travel details and workshop registration information available in the near future.

The OIMMP seeks to foster communication between local, regional, and statewide oyster mapping and monitoring programs. The goal is to establish partnerships and facilitate collaboration between mapping and monitoring programs in Florida.

Background on the program:

Based out of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), OIMMP seeks to foster communication between local, regional, and statewide oyster mapping and monitoring programs. Pending continued funding from the State Wildlife Grant Program, future goals include filling data gaps in oyster reefs through remote-sensing and field-based studies, compiling current state-wide habitat maps, and creating a report summarizing existing data and comparing methods.

OIMMP is modeled after the Seagrass Integrated Mapping and Monitoring (SIMM) program and Coastal Habitats Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program (CHIMMP) at FWRI, which have facilitated the coordination of seagrass and coastal wetland mapping and monitoring activities within the state. To learn more about the CHIMMP framework, please visit: http://ocean.floridamarine.org/CHIMMP/

Pending continued State Wildlife Grants (SWG) funding, future OIMMP goals will include: (1) filling data gaps in oyster reefs through remote-sensing and field-based studies; (2) compiling current state-wide habitat maps; and (3) creating a synthesis report summarizing existing data and various methods.

For additional info please contact either Dr. Kara Radabaugh (kara.radabaugh@myfwc.com, 727-502-4986), Dr. Ryan Moyer (ryan.moyer@myfwc.com, 727-892-4153), or Dr. Steve Geiger (Steve.Geiger@MyFWC.com, 727-502-4918) at Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, 100 8th Avenue SE, St. Petersburg FL 33701.

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