"A new study, published in Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, helps clarify how past and future coastal sea level changes are related to local winds and large-scale ocean circulation. The study used the Community Earth System Model Large Ensemble (CESM-LENS) to assess both natural and forced (associated with greenhouse gas and aerosol emissions) sea level change."
"Guest blogger Sarah Dolman, Policy Manager at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and Save Scottish Seas campaign member takes a look at Scotland’s nature conservation MPAs three years since their designation, and looks ahead to the next steps required."
"A new method of surveying published research, which has highlighted current issues faced by the marine environment, hopes to place scientific knowledge at the heart of policy agendas."
"Imagine you are a little crab living on a shore covered with large rocks and deep pools, and battered by tides and waves. The only way to find your lunchtime snack would be to smell it from a distance. But the same also applies to the octopus hunting you. So you, the crab, also rely on smelling the octopus first to avoid being eaten. What if this was no longer possible?"
"The Commission decided today to send reasoned opinions to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus Finland and Greece for failure to notify complete transposition into their national legislation of the EU rules establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning (MSP; Directive 2014/89/EU). Member States had to transpose the Directive into national legislation and inform the Commission of such measures by 18 September 2016. Competition for maritime space – for renewable energy equipment, fishing and aquaculture, tourism, raw material extraction, sea transport routes and other uses – has highlighted the need to manage European waters more coherently. MSP works across borders and sectors to ensure human activities at sea take place in an efficient, safe and sustainable way as well as to meet various ecological, economic and social objectives. The Directive sets down EU countries' common approach and minimum requirements to the planning of maritime areas. The Member States concerned have two months to comply with their obligations following which the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice of the EU." (emphasis added)
ECSA 57: Changing estuaries, coasts and shelf systems - Diverse threats and opportunities
3-6 September 2018 | Pan Pacific Perth, Perth, WA, Australia
The structure and functioning of our estuaries and seas are shifting due to diverse drivers from local to global scales. The resulting threats to these systems are often all too apparent, yet such changes can also present new opportunities. The challenge is to harness these opportunities through new ways of thinking, scientific developments, innovative technology and more effective integration of science and management.
Via Foreign Policy
"[...] the Vietnamese ambassador in Beijing was summoned to the Chinese Foreign Ministry and told, bluntly, that unless the drilling stopped and Vietnam promised never to drill in that part of the sea ever again, China would take military action against Vietnamese bases in the South China Sea."
Via The Verge
"Jellyfish are an important food source for hundreds of fish and endangered sea turtles. But they can also be a nuisance when their populations balloon and the stinging creatures wash up on beaches. The problem is, scientists know very little about these mysterious blobs of goo, like where they like to live, what they do, and what makes their populations burst into these destructive blooms."
"The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has strengthened the peer review process for MSC assessments by formally establishing an independent "peer review college", the MSC said in a release."
"In late July, after two years of talks, diplomats at the United Nations recommended starting treaty negotiations to create marine protected areas in waters beyond national jurisdiction — and in turn, begin the high-stakes diplomatic jostling over how much to protect and how to enforce rules."