The ecological goods and services provided by the world's oceans are critical to human well-being and prosperity. However, the sustainable management of these resources remains a significant challenge. Embedded within large, complex socio-ecological systems and facing uncertain and unpredictable threats, such as those associated with climate change and population growth, successfully protecting marine resources requires the integration of science into policy to support evidence-informed decision-making.
The sixth summer school in the IMBeR ClimEco series will be held in Yogyakarta in Indonesia from 1-8 August 2018. It will deal with interdisciplinary approaches for sustainable management of marine resources. Because of the complexity of the dynamic social-ecological systems in which they are embedded, as well as the projection that the effects of natural and anthropogenic impacts are likely to intensify, successful marine management requires governance approaches that consider the social and ecological dimensions in tandem.
Via The Guardian
"'By identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems and registering their locations with CCAMLR (the body set up to manage Antarctic marine life), they can then be incorporated into the mathematical models that are being used to help generate Marine Protected Areas for this region.'"
Via The Drum
"Created for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) by creative shop Daughter, the campaign launched at the end of last month and asks punters to picture the catastrophic impact that plastic pollution has on marine wildlife, by displaying shocking images of people swallowing polythene food bags and disposable plastic cutlery."
Via The Fish Site
"Kenya has seen significant aquaculture growth and development over the years, but one of the constraints faced by Kenyan farmers is a low survival rate among fry, due to the low-quality, or lack, of live feeds. This has led to an increasing demand for valuable sources such as Artemia (brine shrimp) biomass and cysts (the shrimps’ dormant eggs). Artemia are particularly convenient as their cysts can be stored in airtight cans for many years and hatched 24 hours prior to feeding."
"Traces of life on land are increasingly showing up in oceans and in ocean life. Scientists are finding a growing presence of pharmaceuticals, small pieces of plastic and household chemicals in the bodies of Pacific razor clams, Pacific oysters and remote seabird"
Via Oceans Deeply
"A nearly decade-long University of Alaska project to monitor the ecology of puffins, crested auklets and other seabirds that flock to the storm-tossed Aleutian Islands has produced crucial baseline information about microplastics contamination in marine waters off Alaska. Of more than 200 Aleutian birds initially examined, nearly 1 in 5 turned out to have some type of organic materials in their stomachs, researchers found."
Via Hakai Magazine
"When the September die-off hit, ecologist Claudia Halsband from Akvaplan-niva a private research firm, hurried to the fjord and spent a week sampling the waters. Halsband and a team of scientists from the firm and Norwegian universities had spent the summer in Ryggefjord, working the case of those earlier mass mortalities, though without much luck. But when she returned two months later, Halsband finally found something out of the ordinary."
Via Hakai Magazine
"This shipping superhighway sees more than 36 ships ply its waters each day, including massive cargo vessels weighing hundreds of thousands of tonnes. Until recently, unregulated shipping patterns caused whales and ships to frequently collide, damaging vessels and injuring or killing the animals. From 2009 to 2012, there were 13 whale deaths in the gulf, many thought to be the result of ship strikes."
"A fellow diver first brought Raines here after a local fisherman discovered the site. He had hit a sweet red snapper spot that spread over a wider area than the artificial reefs and sunken ships where anglers typically find fish. When divers explored further, they found a half-mile stretch of stumps running along a trench that was likely once a river bed."