Now that the year is winding down, and the rush of the conservation objective workshops is over, I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and explain my role in the SALCC. While the majority of my day job is as the Deputy Project Leader at the Panama City Field Office for USFWS, I am also serving the SALCC as a newly established aquatic liaison. As aquatic liaison, I am performing collateral duty, not representing my agency, but instead serving the cooperative, providing aquatic expertise and also linking the cooperative directly to the Southeastern Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP). The involvement of aquatic liaisons at the LCC level is a new concept, recently established as a way to better link SARP with the LCCs in a direct and more effective manner, and to provide guidance in the development of aquatic conservation tools to ensure that the best available data are provided and incorporated, and that the tools are useful for delivery and management needs. Currently, there are four aquatic liaisons established – two serving the SALCC, one serving the GCPO, and one serving the PFLCC. The liaisons regularly communicate with the LCC staff by taking part in the weekly staff calls, participating in meetings, and on science teams, and also actively serving on the SARP science and data committee. The liaisons are expected to regularly communicate with one another to ensure the transfer of information and provide necessary updates across the adjacent cooperatives and with SARP. The aim is to improve communication and advance the available science for aquatic biological planning (LCCs) and conservation delivery (SARP) to be more effective at solving landscape scale challenges in the Southeastern United States. If you have any questions about this concept or are interested in chatting about anything related to aquatics that you feel is pertinent to the SALCC or SARP, please do not hesitate to contact me at Catherine_Phillips@fws.gov or 850-769-0552 ext.242.
Aquatic liaisons are new addition to your SALCC staff
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