South Atlantic LCC

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Catherine T. Phillips
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  • Panama City, FL
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Deputy Project Leader
Areas of Expertise (GIS, hydrology, communications, etc.)
Behavioral ecology, bioacoustics, non-game fishes

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 or 850-769-0552 ext.242.

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SARP Science and Data Committee Meeting Update

On February 19 and 20, the SARP science and data committee (SDC) met in Birmingham, Alabama.  Many topics were discussed including determining aquatic data gaps, providing products that are applicable to the states and the best way to engage the states, and how to function better as the SDC (roles and responsibilities).

With the standing up of the LCCs the past few years, SARP has had to readjust their role in the conservation landscape.  Instead of focusing as heavily on biological…


Posted on April 4, 2014 at 6:00am

Ways to Engage in the SALCC

Between selection of landscape level indicators and development of predictive models that can assist biologists and natural resource managers with the prioritization of conservation, there is a lot of cutting edge, unprecedented work going on in the SALCC.  Did you know there are at least five ways you can have your voice heard inside the SALCC?  

First, the SALCC has a steering committee member that serves as your organization's representative and is willing to hear your concerns and…


Posted on March 29, 2013 at 8:00am

Aquatic Liaisons Becoming Active in Five Surrounding LCCs

I just wanted to provide an update on the establishment of aquatic liaisons for each of the surrounding LCCs.  Aquatic liaisons are performing collateral duty as investment staff, serving the cooperative, providing aquatic expertise and also linking the cooperative directly to the Southeastern Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) and working to provide connectivity across the aquatic landscape.  The liaisons regularly communicate with the LCC staff by taking part in the weekly staff calls,…


Posted on March 4, 2013 at 9:42am

SARP Science and Data Committee Discuss New Role

Last week the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership Science and Data Committee (SARP SDC) met in Atlanta to discuss potential changes to the structure and function of the Science and Data Committee. Following development of the five southeastern Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), the role of SARP is changing in the biological planning arena. In the past, the SARP SDC has played an active role in aquatic planning, as well as, funding conservation delivery. However, in an attempt to…


Posted on January 15, 2013 at 3:00pm

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