The structure of the collaborative network (IPSN) is such that data will be shared across the network to allow for large-scale analysis (and cross-site comparisons). Each contributing team retains ownership of submitted data. Each collaborating site is encouraged (and will be supported though the IPSN mentor program) to publish and share their data with local and national fisheries and other environmental authorities.
The theme for IPSN in year one is “seagrass gleaning” (defined here as fishing or collecting invertebrates with no or very basic gear in water where it is possible to stand). Data collection to contribute to the theme of year one “seagrass gleaning” is expected to be conducted between July 2018 and June 2019.
There will be several opportunities to attend training workshops, where we explain the research protocol and the research equipment that will be required. The workshops will consist of two parts: 1) an introduction to IPSN, and 2) discussing, refining and practicing the research protocol for year one data collection. The aim of the workshops is to enable replicated and compatable data gathering across sites.
In 2018 training workshops will be held in the following locations:
- Singapore, June 15th, part of the International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW13). For more information about the conference click here.
- Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, June 22nd, as part of the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5). For more information about the conference click here.
- Zanzibar, Tanzania, date to be confirmed, but likely in August.
The idea behind IPSN is that there is a research protocol that is easy to follow, accompanied with instruction videos and photos where helpful. Following the research protocols will provide insightful and valuable data. The research protocols are designed to generate publishable data, for example in management plans, policy documents and/or as research findings as reports or in academic journals.
Within IPSN there is also a mentor program, so that each member has someone to turn to for support regaring any aspect of the research process.
We would like to build and advance a network of seagrass and fisheries practitioners across the Indo-Pacific. If you are a practitioner in the Indo-Pacific and interested in seagrass and/or fisheries we look forward to hearing from you, and hope you would like to become a member or collaborator of IPSN.
Please contact us if you wold like any further details or if you have any questions!