Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets

Field Report on MARINe Intertidal Monitoring 2011

MARINe Intertidal Monitoring
Liam Antrim, PI; Patrick A'Hearn, OCNMS, and volunteers
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

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intertidal monitoring In 2011, OCNMS completed intertidal monitoring at rocky and sandy sites on the Makah (Kydikabbit Point and Sooes Beach) and Quinault (Point Grenville and Grenville Beach) reservation shores adjacent to the sanctuary. Rocky intertidal monitoring followed standardized protocols for long-term monitoring established by the MARINe partnership (Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network), which are employed for long-term monitoring at numerous sites between California and Washington. Data are shared via a common database on the MARINe website. Sandy intertidal monitoring followed standardized protocols developed and used by the National Park Service (NPS). In 2011-12 OCNMS will adopt the NPS database for sandy sites and will make these data available via the OCNMS web site.

In 2011, as in years past, OCNMS engaged with Makah and Quinault tribal youth programs during intertidal monitoring. Tribal youth visited monitoring sites and were introduced to the methods and rationale for long-term monitoring. Several tribal youth assisted directly with field work alongside sanctuary staff and regional experts.

In 2012 OCNMS plans to continue this monitoring and hopes to expand rocky intertidal monitoring to include methods more suitable for tracking vertical zonal shifts (e.g., migration of the barnacle and mussel zones) that may result from changing ocean conditions. Liam Antrim is OCNMS lead for intertidal monitoring.



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