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Monday, July 20 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Land Use and Fisheries: Local land use planning matters to aquatic resources & aquatic resources matter for viable land use choices, but are we on the same page?

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Rivers, streams and tributaries directly link land uses such as urbanization, agriculture and shoreline development to the Bay by carrying runoff downstream. The resulting impacts can include degraded water quality, damaged habitat, and as a consequence, reduced health of aquatic species, which can reduce the economic viability of watermen, aquaculture, and working waterfronts in communities. Informing development and land use decisions and preventing negative impacts on these habitats, aquatic species, and coastal community economies is essential to maintain vibrant communities and overall Bay health.

Session attendees will consider how land use decisions impact aquatic resources, and how fisheries decisions, including aquaculture enterprises, can impact land use choices. They will then discuss potential planning actions that could acknowledge this inter-dependency, promote viable working waterfronts, and protect valuable natural resources.

The first presentation will discuss what science tells us about the interconnections between land use and fisheries health. The second presentation will be a local Virginia case study illustrating the impact aquatic resource management has on land use choices and viability. The third presentation will outline a Virginia Sea Grant effort that studied communication and language use between aquatic resource managers and local planners. 

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Emilie Franke

Fishery Program Analyst, ERT Inc., for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
Emilie is a Fishery Program Analyst for ERT Inc. working at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. She focuses on bringing partners together to address ecosystem-based management of aquatic resources and to develop products that can be applied by managers. Prior to her current position, Emilie was an Environmental Management Fellow for the Chesapeake Research Consortium for over two years where she provided staff support to the Chesapeake Bay Program's... Read More →
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Troy Hartley

Director, Virginia Sea Grant
Dr. Troy Hartley is Director of Virginia Sea Grant and a Research Associate Professor of Marine Science & Policy at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, William & Mary. Troy has over 20 years of experience in coastal, marine, and natural resource policy and management. His research focuses on governance networks and collaborative, multi–stakeholder, –jurisdictional, and... Read More →
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Bruce Vogt

Ecosystem Science and Synthesis Manager, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
Bruce manages ecosystem science and habitat assessment activities. He works with staff and other Bay scientists to deliver sound and timely science to resource managers across the Bay to inform habitat and fishery policy decisions. He also serves as the coordinator of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team. Bruce joined NCBO in 2009 and holds a master’s degree in marine science with a concentration... Read More →

Monday July 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

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