The National Estuarine Research Reserve System plays an important socio-ecological role for public engagement, science and management focused on key estuarine habitats. The Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (HRNERR) has a diverse stakeholder constituency, along with critical fisheries management goals. The use of passive acoustic monitoring provides an exciting opportunity to engage key stakeholders and intended users in the overlapping perspectives of education/outreach and scientific data collection to inform fisheries management. The Reserve has been expanding surveys to cover a broader section of HRNERR component sites and adjacent habitats to understand the seasonal and spatial use patterns of the Reserve by important migratory fishes. Additionally, this technology offers the ability to establish education modules for both K-12 students and the general public to provide engagement centered around underwater sounds. Acoustic resources also allow Reserve educators to reach new audiences through increased online accessibility. The expansion of programs helps establish this growing technology as a strategic approach for science, outreach and engagement in the Hudson River.
The team for the Collaborative Research project "Leveraging Conservation Technology to Improve Protected Species Management Efforts and Enhancing Ecosystem Services within the Hudson River NERR" shared this poster at the 2022 NERRS/NERRA Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. October 24-27, 2022.