Do Data or Desires Drive MSP?

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For the week of 24 July 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, August 22 at 9am EDT / 6am PDT / 1pm UTC / 3pm CEST / 4pm IDT for a PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet webinar on Do Data or Desires Drive MSP?

This webinar will be presented by Tundi Agardy (Sound Seas), Jon Day (James Cook University), and Michelle Portman (Technion University).

Data needs, data availability, data sharing, data management…these are always hot topics when countries or institutions embark on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). But how much do data influence MSP processes and is a lack of data a constraint for successful MSP?

For more information and to register, please visit

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

*News Update — 29 new posts this week*

  • Trump Watch – Interior Department threatens retribution against Alaska over Sen. Murkowski health votes –

  • High Seas MPAs – UN moves one step closer to convening high seas treaty negotiations –

  • Red Snapper Recovery – Conservation groups sue to stop snapper season extension –

  • Blue Tech – Crewless electric cargo ships may be on the horizon in Norway –

  • SciArt – The Rivers of the U.S., Collected Into a Nifty Subway Map –

  • Climate Change – World Heritage coral reefs likely to disappear by 2100 unless CO2 emissions reduce drastically –

  • Coastal Governance – New Book: Governing the Coastal Commons –

  • Deep Sea – Database of deep-sea bacteria built –

  • Ocean Planning – Mid-Atlantic Ocean Planning Body Makes Progress –

  • Marine Life – 30 new marine species discovered off Verde Island, Philippines –

  • Engaging the Private Sector – A Coral Reef Gets an Insurance Policy of Its Own –

  • Marine Debris – UK Government to outlaw microplastics in cosmetic products –

  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – Australia Seeks to Extend Commercial Fishing in Protected Waters –

*Literature Update — 39 new titles this week*
Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization has published, Addressing the Problem of Scale in Conservation –

*Blog Update — 1 new blog this week*
Toni Parras has written a new blog on Inspiration for Ocean Conservation –

*Webinar Update — 2 new webinars this week*

  • Tuesday's webinar on Bringing finance and conservation together: the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation is now archived –
  • Thursday's webinar on Certification of small-scale fisheries in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges is now archived –

*Video Update — 2 new videos this week*
Highlights from the 2nd International Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning Conference –

*Grant & RFP Update — 2 new grants this week*
The Mesoamerican Reef Fund has a new RFP –

*Job Listings Update — 10 new jobs this week*
The World Maritime University-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute is hiring a Research Officer –