The Regional Advisory Process (RAP) for the review of the Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA) Monitoring Protocol took place at the Holiday Inn, St. John’s, NL on October 22, 2009. Under the Health of the Oceans (HOTO) initiative, DFO Science is required to provide support and advice on Marine Protected Areas to DFO Oceans Management. Currently, this includes identifying indicators, protocols and strategies that are to be incorporated into MPA monitoring plans to be carried out by Oceans. Given that Science in support of the Gilbert Bay initiative has been ongoing (both pre- and post-MPA designation) for several years, this RAP will require taking into consideration the indicators, protocols and strategies that have been used to date, advising on their suitability for measuring against the existing conservation objectives (COs) for Gilbert Bay, identifying other potentially important indicators, protocols and strategies where required, and if appropriate, assessing trends in the available indicator data to assess the status of the Gilbert Bay cod population. Participants in this process included DFO Science (NL and Quebec Region), DFO Oceans (NL Region), Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DFA), Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Food, Fish and Allied Workers (FFAW) and Labrador Metis Nation (LMN). The Terms of Reference were addressed during this meeting and a CSAS Science Advisory Report (SAR), Research Document and Proceedings document will be the products of this meeting.
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