Researchers rely on statistics in their work and p-values are a commonly used statistical tool, including in fisheries and marine conservation science (among many other fields). P-values are widely interpreted as a way to determine the probability that a null hypothesis is true or false. A p-value less than 0.05, for example, is often taken to mean an experiment’s findings are “significant” and the null hypothesis should therefore be assumed false.
These recent articles on MPA-related science and policy are all free to access.
Article: Jones K. R. et al. “The Location and Protection Status of Earth’s Diminishing Marine Wilderness.” Current Biology (2018) [Editor’s note: this paper is temporarily free to access. However, the original manuscript will continue to be available for free at https://marxiv.org/azq53.]
Large meteorite lands in MPA
Add this to the tasks of an MPA manager: What do you do when a large meteorite lands in your MPA? The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS), off the Pacific coast of the US, asked that question in March 2018 when a two-ton space rock flew into Earth’s atmosphere, became a giant fireball, broke up into countless pieces, and crashed into the MPA’s waters. The impact was detected on seismometers nearly 3000 km away.
The first map of ocean wilderness shows ‘nowhere is safe’
Only 13% of the ocean is untouched by human activities. Though we have only physically (or remotely) explored 20% of the ocean itself, our human presence has made itself known anyway. (via Washington Post)
Webinar Title: The Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program: science and products to inform coastal management and conservation
Date: August 16, 2016 at 2 PM EST
Register online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4258346253904957697
Presented by Trevor Meckley and David Kidwell of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
We're Drowning In Plastic Trash. Jenna Jambeck Wants To Save Us
Learn about Jenna Jambeck - a pioneer in ocean plastics. Interests are: learning about the origin of ocean plastics, landfills, and identifying how much plastic is used in our everyday lives. (via NPR)
Tony Amos, Director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute talks about the dangers of sea turtles and pelicans getting entangled in discarded fishing line. The basics of this video: recycle all fishing line. Visit www.MissionAransas.org for more information about marine debris, recycling fishing line, and what you can do to help. This video was made possible by the following partners: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (funded the project), Coastal Conservation Association of Texas, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Surfrider Foundation, Texas Sea Grant, National Parks Service, Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Amos Rehabilitation Keep, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and the Mission-Aransas Reserve.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jIoFCEc7yY&t=50s
The Lenfest Ocean Program is pleased to announce a new research project now underway. Being led by researchers from the University of Washington’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) and the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), this project will examine the relationships between northern fur seals, walleye pollock, and climate change in the Bering Sea. The research team will develop a new spatially explicit bioenergetic model to estimate the dietary needs of northern fur seals and link this model to AFSC/JISAO's food web model of the Bering Sea (FEAST) and AFSC's multi-species stock assessment model (CEATTLE) to estimate past, current, and future diets given different climate and fishing scenarios.
Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled to announce this year's Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) award nominees:
- Cape Rodney-Okakari Marine Reserve
- Réserve Naturelle Marine de Cerbère-Banyuls
- Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
- Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary
- De Hoop Marine Protected Area
- Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
- Misool Private Marine Reserve
- Ilhas Selvagens
- Wilsons Promontory Marine Protected Area
Please join Marine Conservation Institute to eat, drink, dance, and learn about our work to protect marine biodiversity on July 23 at Lagunitas Brewing Company Taproom in Petaluma, CA (1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954). Our colleagues and collaborators from Marine Applied Research and Exploration and the Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation will cohost.