Office Hour Archives

Join the OpenChannels Team and friends as we live blog throughout WPC 2014 - the World Parks Congress held in Sydney, Australia from 12-19 November 2014. We will be operating on Australian Eastern Time (GMT+11 with DST) so for you Americans that's 16 hours ahead of Washington, DC, and 19 hours ahead of our office in Seattle. For Europe, that's 11 hours ahead of London.

The live blog will combine short notes from various WPC sessions, including comments from audience members, highlighted tweets via #WorldParksCongress, and important takeaway messages on conserving our oceans.

Join the OpenChannels Team and friends as we live blog throughout IMCC 2014 - the International Marine Conservation Congress held in Glasgow, Scotland from 14-18 August, 2014. The live blog will combine our notes from various IMCC sessions, including comments from audience members, relevant tidbits from #IMCC3, and important takeaway messages on improving our oceans.

You'll be able to virtually attend IMCC with us. Have questions for a session that we're covering? We'll do our best to get them answered for you! Simply leave us a comment in the live blog interface or send us a tweet at @OpenChannelsOrg.

Coverage will begin with the Opening Session from 1-5:30 pm BST (starting at 8 am EDT) on Thursday 14 August.

Green Fire Productions’ Ocean Frontiers films present inspiring stories of stakeholders collaborating and making science-based decisions to benefit the ocean and ocean economies. The second in the series Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea was released in October 2013. It features the United States’ first multi-state ocean plan (

There has been tremendous response to the film. Boating groups, shellfish associations, the Coast Guard, renewable energy companies, recreational fishing organizations, the Navy, professors and teachers, representatives on the Regional Planning Bodies in the U.S., and many others are showing the film to promote discussion on marine planning and build awareness and support for marine planning. Ocean Frontiers II has helped change the opinion of some who initially rejected the notion of marine planning. And according to surveys completed by people after they watch one of the Ocean Frontiers films, more than 90% are inclined to participate in or support marine planning.

A summary of the findings of governance studies of 13 MSP case studies around Europe undertaken as part of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Marine Areas (MESMA) project was released in January 2014. The analysis found that MSP reality is very different from MSP ideals and theories. This Live Chat will provide an opportunity to discuss these findings and the case studies on which they are based with Dr. Peter JS Jones, lead MESMA governance researcher at University College London, and to ask related questions.

In this interactive ‘Office Hour’ chat, co-authors Rodolphe Devillers (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and Jack Kittinger (Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University) will take your questions on their recent article in the journal Aquatic Conservation, “Reinventing residual reserves in the sea: are we favouring ease of establishment over need for protection?

In this interactive Office Hour chat, Graham Edgar and co-authors (to be announced) will take your questions on their just-published Nature article “Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features”.

In this interactive Office Hour chat, Angela Sun — the director/producer/writer of the feature documentary “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” — will take your questions on the movie, its message, and the role of film and media in fighting marine debris.

In this interactive “Office Hour” chat, three experts on marine mammal entanglement and disentanglement answered your questions:

  • Scott Landry is director of the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies in Massachusetts. Over the past 30 years, the Center has freed more than 100 large whales from life-threatening entanglements, as well as dozens of smaller cetaceans, seals, and other marine animals.
  • Lauri Jemison is a biologist who has studied pinnipeds in Alaska for the past 25 years, and worked since 1997 with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Marine Mammal Program. She has studied sea lion entanglement in marine debris and ingestion of fishing gear for the past decade. Packing bands, used in the shipping and fishing industries, and large rubber bands, used for many purposes including holding crab pots closed, are two of the most common neck-entangling materials.
  • Sue Goodglick is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Steller sea lion research program and member of the multi-agency Pinniped Entanglement Group. As part of her job, she helps develop and disseminate outreach materials for the group's “Lose the Loop!” campaign, an effort to help reduce animal entanglements in marine debris.

This was an online, text-based debate on whether the total environmental impact of large no-take areas is ultimately positive or negative. The audience was able to comment and ask questions throughout the debate. The event was co-hosted by OpenChannels, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network.

In this interactive 'Office Hour' chat, Linwood Pendleton took your questions on marine and coastal ecosystem services. Linwood also discussed outcomes from the August 2013 meeting in Bali of the Ecosystem Services Partnership.