Posted on November 19, 2019 - 9:08am, by raye

By Erin Satterthwaite and Alfredo Giron

Central to sustainable development is the vexing question of how we address the pressing needs of the present while sustaining essential resources for all future generations. The intergovernmental processes pursuing answers to this question are inherently complex, a milieu of diverse cultures and systems that are trying to make decisions at a global, long-term scale – and we argue these spaces are still missing the perspectives of the very generation they are working to protect: the next one.

Posted on November 6, 2019 - 9:09am, by raye

By Jenny Seifert of NCEAS and Kelsey Simpkins of Future Earth

From coral to whales, marine life is arguably how most people connect with oceans, whether they eat seafood, make their living from fishing, or have cultural attachments to species – even the air we all breathe is impacted by the oxygen phytoplankton exhale. However, there are significant disconnects in the science of monitoring our seas that could undermine our relationships with marine species.

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This blog was originally published on Medium here

In my last post, I called for a “more inclusive, proactive, and engaged science,” or science as a public collective. In this post I want to explore some everyday ideas of what that can look like in practice, but before I get going I want to acknowledge this is not comprehensive. Rather, think of this piece as a starting point, with more to come in the future.

Consider the act of conducting research: The field, the samples, the boots and foul weather gear, the identifying, the counting… The experiment, perhaps a tank, a light, a microscope, a petri dish or some combination of them all… The reading, the writing, the publishing, the presenting…

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This blog was originally posted on Medium here

“It’s a level of abundance that the state will probably never see again.”

That’s the final line from a 2018 San Francisco Chronicle article about the decline of abalone populations in California. Currently, the long-popular recreational dive fishery for red abalone north of San Francisco is and will remain closed until at least 2021. The immediate causes were the combined effects of the 2014 – 2016 El Niño plus warming ocean temperatures plus an explosion of purple sea urchins, which decimated the bull kelp, the abalone’s main source of food.

Posted on August 27, 2019 - 3:19pm, by abrown

This interview blog was transcribed from the OCTOPOD podcast episode here. Not all of the podcast episode has been presented in this transcript so please go give the episode a listen.

Tim Fitzgerald works in the oceans program of the Environmental Defense Fund. He works on sustainable seafood and conservation finance "and figuring out how to get big international organizations to work with us making fisheries more sustainable."

Posted on July 17, 2019 - 4:24pm, by abrown

This interview blog was transcribed from the OCTOPOD podcast episode here. Not all of the podcast episode has been presented in this transcript so please go give the episode a listen.

Julie Kuchepatov is the Seafood Director at Fair Trade USA and we had the pleasure of talking with her about her path to this position and what her position entails. 

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When I was in graduate school, I conducted cooperative fisheries research at the University of Maine (go… Black Bears? I want to say? Sorry, not a sports person but sincere shout out to the University of Maine and the Darling Marine Center!). That is, I collaborated with a commercial groundfisherman to study the impacts of trawling on bottom habitats in the Gulf of Maine. Along with my advisor, we all worked to design the methods of the study. Part of that was identifying sampling sites that would allow us to compare currently trawled areas to places that had been closed to trawling for a good five years. This would help us explore both potential impacts and recovery dynamics.

Posted on June 20, 2019 - 11:56am, by abrown

by Freddy Arocha, PhD , Professor

The Oceanographic Institute of Venezuela, funding institution of the Universidad de Oriente in Cumaná, was created in 1958 and began activities in 1959. It is one of the oldest and most important center for oceanographic and marine science research, public service, and undergraduate and graduate training in the Caribbean, Latin America and the world. From the beginning, the Institute fostered relations with the main universities of the world, which allowed the arrival of researchers to reinforce the faculty with a view to conduct Graduate studies in Marine Sciences (Oceanography, Marine Biology and Fisheries). Notable regional and global scientists, such as Dr. Brian Luckhurst, Dr. Jeremy Jackson, Dr. Daniel Pauly, Dr. Fernando Cervigon, and Captain Jacques Y. Cousteau, taught and conducted research at the Oceanographic Institute. Many of the Marine Science students and scientists have conduct research with the aid of the oceanographic research vessels and shore-based laboratories.