OC Overview for the Week of May 28, 2018

OC Overview

Without seagrass we’d lose one-fifth of our biggest fisheries

The health of over 20% of our world’s largest fisheries are found to depend on an innocuous marine angiosperm, the seagrass. Seagrasses worldwide provide a safe haven for young fish, crustaceans and many others. Scientists fear the destruction of seagrass habitat is going unnoticed, leaving fisheries more vulnerable. (via Anthropocene)

Cores From Coral Reefs Hold Secrets of the Seas’ Past and Future

Tree stumps are capable of telling the most wondrous stories; the rings looping out from the core tell the years in which the tree lived, the dark spots could be from some long ago fire or nutrient change in the soil, either way something happened. Much like a tree stump, corals have a story to tell, and it can be found in their core. (via Quanta Magazine)

Divers fail to find spiny seahorses in Studland Bay

Sad news: Studland bay, a reject as a marine protected area and home to the spiny seahorse, may no longer be home to the spiny seahorse as none were found in the area by experience divers. (via BBC News)

New Tool Helps Fisheries Avoid Protected Species In Near Real Time

In very cool news: EcoCast, the newest tool developed by NOAA with help from local fishers and managers and funded through NASA is a new step for fisheries management. This tool, currently used along the California coast, provides real-time information on by-catch to target-catch probabilities. The hope is this tool will aid in limiting catch of non-target species. (via NOAA Fisheries)

Meet the Small Fishing Community Regrowing Coral Reefs in Kenya 

via News Deeply 

Eagles Deck Out Their Nest With Kelp

via Hakai Magazine

Maritime organization approves Bering Strait shipping routes

via Tampa Bay Times

Endangered hawksbill turtles tracked in marine park to be opened to fishing

via The Guardian