OC Overview for the Week of May 14, 2018

OC Overview

The Big Picture: The continuing debate over the value of large vs. small MPAs, and what it means for the field

MPA News wades back into the long-running debate over large offshore MPAs vs. small nearshore ones, and whether countries should stop designating the former to focus on the latter, as some individuals suggest. Several experts tell the newsletter, though, “It’s not an either/or - we need to do both. Just smartly.” (via MPA News)

In Landmark Vote, Pacific Council Protects Critical Ocean Habitat

The US Pacific Fishery Management Council has voted to protect nearly 140,000 square miles of ocean habitat, which includes closing 90% of the protected area to bottom-contact fishing gear.  This protected area holds sensitive deep sea methane seeps that help house coral and sponges. The Pew Charitable Trusts, along with other conservation groups, helped to inform the council on this decision. (via Pew Charitable Trusts)

We Made Plastic. We Depend On It. Now, We're Drowning In It. 

This in-depth piece by National Geographic is their first article produced for their storyline "Planet or Plastic?".  In this article, writer Laura Parker, dives into the history of plastics - from their environmentally good-intentioned beginnings to the issues we are seeing today. (via The National Geographic)

Fish Species Forecast to Migrate Hundreds of Miles Northward as U.S. Waters Warm

Climate change is causing further concern among fishers and managers. In a new study published in PLOS One, research suggests that there will be a major shift north in fish species as waters continue to warm. Though concerning, this northbound movement is continuous along both coasts, meaning as old species flee to cooler waters they could be replaced by new species from the south. (via Inside Climate News)

Mining social media: The new world of abundant, ‘messy’ data and what marine conservation and management can learn from it

The latest edition of MEAM explores social media's worth in marine conservation and management. Through interviews, MEAM dives into culturnomics, coral protection using Flickr, and Facebook. (via MEAM)

Sweden cancels all Elsevier subscriptions

Sweden’s universities and research institutes have canceled all Elsevier subscriptions effective 30 June 2018, saving €12 million/year. Hundreds of universities in Germany, Peru, and Taiwan have already canceled subscriptions with Elsevier after renewal negotiations reached an impasse. Elsevier has a profit margin larger than that of Google and Apple combined

This follows 250 French universities canceling subscriptions with Springer Nature, resulting in savings of €5 million/year. Not to mention that universities in the Netherlands canceled all subscriptions with Oxford University Press in May 2017. Or that the University of Montreal reduced its subscriptions to Taylor & Francis by 93%, cutting over 2,000 journals.

Don't forget that you can make your research Open Access for free by simply sharing your original manuscript in not-for-profit repositories like MarXiv!