Patrick Christie, University of Washington, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
David Fluharty, University of Washington, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
Richard Pollnac, University of Rhode Island
Brad Warren, Global Ocean Health
Puget Sound’s 24 marine protected areas (MPAs) are considered powerful potential tools for state efforts to restore rockfish and counter ocean acidification’s effects. But little is known about how well they are managed or how effective they are as conservation measures. This project proposes to fill these knowledge gaps through comparative, multi-method social science research across MPA sites in Puget Sound, in collaboration with state agencies, tribal entities, environmental groups, and other stakeholders. Findings will yield publicly accessible outreach materials and peer-reviewed publications. It will also engage regional actors in a scenario planning process to evaluate social capacity to design and adaptively manage MPAs in Hood Canal.