In 2009, PISCO presented a workshop at the IMCC, this workshop addresses a major theme and two cross-cutting issues of the SCB Marine Section conference: ecosystem-based management, marine protected areas, and capacity-building. This workshop proposes to address these crucial issues of MPA monitoring in two ways: by focusing on the need and priorities of research and management and by encouraging a long-term capacity-building dialogue that bridges the gap between scientists and managers. This workshop will result in an established network of conservation professionals for future discussion and problem-solving, with communication via internet, as well as a possible future paper on proceedings and results. This workshop may also serve as the first installment in a series of workshops and/or symposia at future SCB and Marine Section conferences.
In 2008, PISCO co-hosted three workshops dedicated to analyzing monitoring data for the 5-year evaluation of the Channel Islands (CI) Marine Reserve network. These workshops were co-hosted with the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the California Department of Fish and Game. The purpose of these workshops was to analyze data gathered from the first 5 years of monitoring the CI marine protected areas and create presentations for a public symposium and booklet in the style of ‘The Science of Marine Reserves’. In December, the California Fish and Game Commission conducted its mandated 5-year review of the CI marine protected areas to evaluate the effectiveness of the Channel Islands marine protected areas. The results from the evaluation will inform future decisions made by the Commission under California's Marine Life Protection Act. A successful 5-year review depends heavily on the information gathered by PISCO scientists. In February 2008, the Channel Islands marine reserve 5 year evaluation was completed and presented at a special session, “Special Session: The First Five Years of Monitoring Marine Protected Areas in California’s Channel Islands,” associated with the California Islands Symposium.