Internationally the focus of marine resource management and conservation is now on the adoption of an adaptive ecosystem approach. In California the 1999 Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) called for a radical change in the structure and magnitude of marine life management efforts. The demands for 1) an ecosystems approach to sustainable management, 2) non-consumptive valuation of non-endangered marine life, 3) habitat conservation, 4) recognition of fishing community interests, and 5) implementation of the best available scientific information represent the most progressive charges of fisheries management.

Globally a sustainable systems approach has only rarely been brought into practice, and this charge alone would present a formidable challenge to any organization. Currently efforts are underway to develop a coast wide assessment and monitoring program for all nearshore resources. In the coming year protocols and schedules for the biomass, length-frequency, and spatial assessment and monitoring of commercial and non-commercial invertebrates and fishes will be agreed upon, and a coast wide assessment of Essential Fish Habitat (EFI) is already underway.

This information, combined with oceanographic data and estimates of human extraction from academic and governmental groups, will be used to develop management and conservation options. If sufficient collaboration and coordination is achieved, the flow of data to conservationists and managers will increase to unprecedented levels, and an information management program is being developed by the state to handle this data flow.

 
Our group was fortunate enough to receive funding from the Packard foundation (insert old text here). WORKED, past tense, on the NFMP. Provide links to the draft.  
  In the coming months and years we will work closely with California scientists to develop a model architecture that can accomidate the expected increase in data transmision. Currently we are attempting to model community structure and energetics in California's Big Creek Preserve.
Our greatest progress to date has been in growing to understand the complex community of skilled scientists, policy makers, and stakeholders interested in the fate of California's nearshore resources. We've documented this process by developing a list of web sites of California's nearshore stakeholders. We hope this somewhat comprehensive list will be helpful in the development of much needed collaborative research in California. We also hope you find this set of web and document links useful in your endeavors in this region's precious nearshore work. If we've left you off our list, or if you have trouble with any of these links, please contact us.