WHOI's "Peanut Butter Club" presents Simon Ryder-Burbidge

August 17th - "I thought horseshoe crabs were part of my family"
Simon Ryder-Burbidge, Marine Conservation Officer with Ecology Action Centre (Courtesy photo)

PEANUT BUTTER CLUB: Presents Simon Ryder-Burbidge who will present “I thought the horseshoe crabs were part of my family”: Investigating ocean connectivity and coastal values in Falmouth, Massachusetts” on Friday, August 17, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole.

Determining how citizens relate to the coastal zone is as an important element of coastal governance today. Previous research has identified several indicators to examine connections between coastal communities and marine environments, but do those data reflect the perceptions of the people who live there?

A growing body of literature points to the importance of integrating public perceptions into coastal decision-making processes. Here, a 2017 survey conducted in Falmouth, Massachusetts acts as a case study, investigating how residents perceive connections to the ocean. Results point to strong sensory and place-based attachments to the marine environment and a variety of social values tied to the coast. Analysis includes recommendations on how public perceptions data can be used by science communicators and coastal planners, and identifies relational values as a means to frame connections in broader public discourse.

This study suggests that public perceptions could provide the foundation for a community-based Ocean Connectivity Index, to better understand how social values relate to spatial parameters in coastal areas.

Sponsored by the WHOI Visitor Center. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.

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