Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework

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For the week of 31 July 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, August 29 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on the Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework, presented by Kathy Goodin of NatureServe.

Resource managers must monitor ecologically appropriate indicators to effectively evaluate the performance of their activities and to guide adaptive management. To support indicator monitoring efforts, we developed a set of ecological condition and ecosystem service indicators for five ecosystems in the Gulf using an ecological resilience framework. With input from ecosystem experts, we created conceptual ecological models that identify the drivers, stressors, major ecological factors and their key ecological attributes. Using the models as a guide, we identified indicators, metrics and assessment points that will allow monitoring programs to better gauge ecological condition and ecosystem service provision. This work can be used directly by resource managers and restoration practitioners to guide and evaluate the performance of their efforts.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar144.

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


*News Update — 30 new posts this week*

  • MSP – South Africa's MSP bill is back on the table – https://oct.to/OC815.

  • Fisheries – China's demand for ‘trash fish’ is putting unsustainable pressure on their ocean – https://oct.to/OC816.

  • Fisheries & Societies – Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery – https://oct.to/OC817.

  • Trawling Ban – All you need to know about Sri Lanka’s bottom trawling ban and India’s deep-sea fishing plan – https://oct.to/OC818.

  • Tipping Points – Using tipping points science to enhance water quality management – https://oct.to/OC819.

  • Register as a Tipping Points Expert – The Ocean Tipping Points Community of Practice is now live! – https://oct.to/OC827.

  • Hypoxia – Gulf of Mexico dead zone is largest on record – https://oct.to/OC820.

  • Ship Strikes – Tagging whales in the San Francisco Bay to reduce ship strikes – https://oct.to/OC821.

  • Seafood Certifications – MSC strengthens independent peer review for fisheries assessments – https://oct.to/OC822.

  • Citizen Science – How underwater drones are helping citizen scientists save the ocean – https://oct.to/OC823.

  • Who Needs Evidence? – The conservation community is failing to use evidence to make decisions (spoiler: pay-walls don't help things) – https://oct.to/OC824.

  • South China Sea – China threatens military action against Vietnam for offshore oil drilling within Vietnam's EEZ in the South China Sea: US, other nations remain silent – https://oct.to/OC825.

  • Trump Watch – Interior Department threatens retribution against Alaska over Sen. Murkowski health votes (re-posting as we included the wrong link last week, sorry!) – https://oct.to/OC826.

*Literature Update — 35 new titles this week*
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review has published, Revisiting Approaches to Marine Spatial Planning: Perspectives on and Implications for the United States – https://oct.to/OC828.

*Blog Update — 1 new blog this week*
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson wrote a new blog on her reflections on the March for Science – https://oct.to/OC829.

*Grant & RFP Update — 2 new opportunities this week*
The International Coral Reef Initiative Secretariat is offering grants to support their Action Plan – https://oct.to/OC830.

*Job Listings Update — 10 new jobs this week*
The University of Hawai'i is hiring a tenure-track Professor of Marine Geochemistry – https://oct.to/OC831.