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Posted on May 3, 2016 - 11:25am, by nwehner

Via Fishazam

"One out of every three fish is mislabelled according to  Oceana.  Identifying fish in fillet form can be incredibly difficult to the naked eye.  Oceana organizes an annual dinner with reknown sushi chefs each year.  Despite their experience, they are consistently fooled.  Instead of regular vision, we use infrared spectroscopy.  This is a common scientifc technique that has been successfully applied to fish fillet authentication in this study.  [...]

We have built upon the audio fingerprint algorithm which is the basis of Shazam.  In fact, Shazam uses spectograms as well.  It is just not recorded via infrared.  Therefore, the algorithms are similar.  We have extended the DejaVu open source project which uses audio fingerprinting algorithms with the python language and numpy library."

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Posted on May 3, 2016 - 9:40am, by nwehner

Via UMiami

"In a new study, University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researchers found that the limestone that forms the foundation of coral reefs along the Florida Reef Tract is dissolving during the fall and winter months on many reefs in the Florida Keys. The research showed that the upper Florida Keys were the most impacted by the annual loss of reef."

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Posted on May 3, 2016 - 9:29am, by nwehner

Via Undark

"Before the area was designated a marine protected area, or MPA, Riley’s Hump “was like a ghost town,” says Don DeMaria, a commercial fisherman from Key West who supported the designation. “Now it’s just amazing. If you swim there in May and June on a full moon, you see thousands of them at sunset.”

But the protected zone, called the Tortugas Ecological Reserve, is an exception. Around the world, only about 4 percent of coastal and marine areas have some form of official protection, and the process for assigning and safeguarding them is erratic and often ambiguous. Experts estimate that only 1 percent is truly protected from overfishing, pollution, oil and gas exploration, anchoring and mooring of ships, and snorkeling and diving."

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Posted on May 2, 2016 - 4:40pm, by nwehner

Via HuffPost Green

"While ocean deoxygenation is well established, a new study led by Matthew Long, an oceanographer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, finds that climate change-driven oxygen loss is already detectable in certain swaths of ocean and will likely be “widespread” by 2030 or 2040.

Ultimately, Long told The Huffington Post, oxygen-deprived oceans may have “significant impacts on marine ecosystems” and leave some areas of ocean all but uninhabitable for certain species."


Dear MEAM readers,

Here at MEAM, we’ve been seeing a surge in the availability of trainings opportunities for current MSP practitioners and those entering the field. In lieu of a normal lead article for MEAM this month, we worked with the EBM Tools Network and Blue Solutions to gather information on existing MSP training opportunities. We hope this new resource makes it easier for current and future practitioners to find training opportunities that increase their knowledge base and skills and learn from others’ experiences. Click here to check out the new compilation of training opportunities!


By Tundi Agardy, Contributing Editor, MEAM. Email: tundiagardy [at]

Water is probably the first thing that springs to mind when you hear Venice. But the water that underlies the story of EBM in this great aquatic city is not just the seawater that fills Venice’s canals and supports the weight of the 20 million tourists who snap selfies with the city’s famed gondolieri every year. Safeguarding Venice’s future is indeed about managing the sea and the ever more frequent breaching of canals and flooding of plazas brought about by rising tides. But it is also about freshwater, and brackish water, too.


Editor's note: The goal of The EBM Toolbox is to promote awareness of tools for facilitating EBM and MSP processes. It is brought to you by the EBM Tools Network, a voluntary alliance of tool users, developers, and training providers.

The EBM Tools Network’s discussion listserv recently tackled a question about what tools are currently available for quantifying blue carbon. Blue carbon is an area that is developing rapidly, and Network members had many great suggestions for tools and resources for getting started with blue carbon projects.


Belize endorses coastal zone management plan with zoning

In February, the Belize government endorsed Belize’s first National Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan. In a keynote address, Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega called the plan a “pioneering step towards strengthening the governance of coastal resources through the strategic transition from sectoral management to a coordinated, cross-sectoral decision making regime”. The plan includes a zoning scheme and policy actions designed to ensure that economic returns from key coastal resources are maximized, environmental impact is minimized, and, where possible, ecological health is enhanced. Read the full plan. Learn more about the use of the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) tool for development of the plan. Join MEAM for a webinar on Tuesday, June 7, about the use of InVEST for developing the plan.


Editor’s Note: From the Archives calls attention to past MEAM articles whose perspectives and insight remain relevant.

One of the main challenges for implementing EBM and MSP approaches is getting individuals and groups to change to a new way of doing things. Change management is a scientific field that studies why and when humans agree to alter how they do things. Read lessons from the field of change management relevant for implementing EBM and MSP approaches.

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Posted on May 2, 2016 - 9:14am, by nwehner

Via Stanford University

"Blowing tiny bubbles through seawater could help protect coral reefs and oyster farms from oceans turned increasingly acidic through human activities by stripping carbon dioxide (CO2) from coastal marine environments and transferring it to the atmosphere, Stanford scientists say.

The technique, outlined in a study published online in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, could provide a relatively inexpensive solution to one of the biggest threats facing coral reefs today. An estimated 30 to 60 percent of all the coral reefs have died since the Industrial Revolution as the oceans absorbs more CO2 and become increasingly acidic. Ocean acidification harms a variety of marine organisms, but especially those that use calcium carbonate to assemble their skeletons and shells, such as coral, mussels, and oysters."