Welcome to OpenChannels, the community hub for sustainable ocean management and conservation

With the latest news, research, events, jobs, and more, OpenChannels makes it easy for you to stay informed on sustainable ocean management and conservation – including the practice of marine protected areas and ecosystem-based management. Over 80,000 ocean professionals used OpenChannels in the past year alone.

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  • Our Literature Update - published every Wednesday - delivers the latest journal articles, reports, and books to your inbox.
  • Our Weekly Update - published every Friday - highlights the most important information put on OpenChannels in the past week.
  • Contribute to the community - attend our webinars, search the site’s thousands of news and literature items and post your own news, jobs, and blogs. See here for more options. 

Questions? We're here to help you help the oceans!

E-mail either Allie Brown, OCTO's Communications and Outreach Director, at allie [at] octogroup.org or Raye Evrard, Project Manager for OpenChannels at raye [at] octogroup.org

You may also find us on Twitter @OpenOCTO or Facebook @OpenOCTO 

Join us for a webinar on Unmanned Systems (UxS): Transforming How We Study and Manage the Marine Environment

Event Date: Thursday, March 28, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Presented by: John McDonough of NOAA

Description: Unmanned Systems (UxS) are transforming how we study and manage the marine environment. This presentation will provide an overview of unmanned aerial systems, unmanned surface vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, buoyancy gliders, and remotely operated vehicles. Emphasis will be placed on their contributions to establishing and managing marine protected areas.

For more information and to register, click here.