News and Updates
"An online widget that trawls the Internet searching for free-to-read versions of paywalled papers has been installed more than 10,000 times since its prerelease debut on 10 March, its inventors say. Officially launched on 4 April, Unpaywall is a free web-browser extension that hunts for papers in more than 5,300 repositories worldwide, including preprint servers and institutional databases."
Via The Ecologist
"New Zealand had for years advertised itself as a world leader in fisheries when a global examination of seafood catches from 1950 to 2010 was published last year by Daniel Pauly's Sea Around Us project of the University of British Columbia. The purpose was to verify the accuracy of the catches reported to the Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, which tabulates them so they can form the bedrock of global fisheries knowledge."
"This bill amends the Saltonstall-Kennedy Act to direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to establish the American Fisheries Advisory Committee.
NOAA must establish five regions within the committee. The committee must consist of members chosen regionally and across all sectors of the fishing industry. Additionally, the committee must: (1) identify the needs of the fishing industry, (2) develop grant proposals to fund projects that address the industry needs, (3) review grant applications, and (4) provide NOAA with grant applicants for approval.
NOAA must not approve a grant application unless the application is selected for funding by the committee." (emphasis added)
"This bill requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to establish a constituent-driven Digital Coast program. (This program currently exists under NOAA to provide data, tools, and training that communities use to manage their coastal resources.) The program must: (1) provide an online resource that integrates geospatial data, decision-support tools, training, and best practices to address coastal management issues and needs, and to enhance resilient communities, ecosystem values, and coastal economic growth and development; and (2) provide for the documentation, dissemination, and archiving of the data."
"Nautilus Minerals Inc. [...] announces that the Company’s Seafloor Production Tools have arrived in Papua New Guinea [...], and will shortly commence submerged trials.
The submerged trials will happen in an existing facility on Motukea Island, near Port Moresby in PNG."