The next installment of the 2013 Spring Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series will feature Ms. Kathleen Herrmann, Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee, Lead Staff. Ms. Herrmann’s presentation entitled “Marine conservation at the local level: The role of volunteers in creating vibrant coastal communities” will take place on Thursday, May 9th at 11:00 AM in the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Auditorium: 2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle.
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Marine Conservation at the Local Level:
The Role of Volunteers in Creating Vibrant Coastal Communities
Ms. Kathleen Herrmann
Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee
Marine science and conservation face the same challenges that many other areas of science face at the local government level. Marine Resources Committees (MRCs) offer a pathway through the established silos of government to bridge the gap between scientists and local elected officials and the community members that they serve. This presentation will briefly explain the role of MRCs and the Northwest Straits Initiative in the volunteer and scientific community and specifically how the Snohomish Marine Resources Committee works to leverage partnerships to increase the effectiveness of local restoration and stewardship projects.
As the Marine Resource Steward for Snohomish County, Ms. Herrmann leads the efforts of the Snohomish County Marine Resource Advisory Committee and capitalizes on the Committee’s efforts by leveraging regional partnerships in marine conservation. Kathleen earned a Masters of Marine Affairs Degree from the University of Washington, School of Marine Affairs and a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. Her work as a Graduate Research Assistant with the University of Washington provided her with experience and familiarity in working with Washington Sea Grant, the Northwest Straits Initiative, and Marine Resources Committees. In her previous position as a NOAA Coral Reef Management Fellow with the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Kathleen facilitated the development of Conservation Action Plans in partnership with the Nature Conservancy and organized and prioritized community based watershed restoration efforts in the Laolao Bay and Talakhaya watersheds. Working in the Mariana Islands also provided Kathleen the opportunity to work with indigenous island populations of Chamorro and Carolinian Pacific Islanders. Kathleen also has more than twelve years of professional work experience in facilitating watershed planning efforts, conducting education and outreach activities, and in working with local agencies and native people in implementing marine conservation projects. At Snohomish County, Kathleen has been leading the creation of a Marine Stewardship Area in Port Susan along with a large-scale nearshore restoration project between Mukilteo and Everett.
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