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

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For the week of 21 August 2017

Letter from the Editor

Kathy Goodin of NatureServe will be presenting a webinar with us this coming Tuesday (29 August) on the Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework. For more information and to register, visit https://oct.to/OC871.

Also, the Ocean Tipping Points Community of Practice is hosting an all-expenses-paid workshop on Ocean Tipping Points in Santa Barbara, California from 1-3 November 2017. For more information on this fantastic opportunity, see https://oct.to/OC872.

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


40 News posts this week

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has stated that while none of the 27 National Monuments under review by the Trump administration will be removed, "a handful" will be downsized. However, he refuses to offer more details (https://oct.to/OC873).

  • Cooke Aquaculture's salmon farming operation near Port Angeles, Washington, released over 300,000 farmed salmon into Puget Sound on Saturday afternoon. The group tried to blame the accidental release on tides from the eclipse, which didn't occur until Monday (https://oct.to/OC874).

  • The government of Belize has announced a permanent moratorium on offshore oil and gas activities in and around the country's Barrier Reef will be adopted during November's parliamentary session (https://oct.to/OC875).

  • The Chilean government has rejected a billion-dollar iron mining project proposed by Andes Iron because it did not provide sufficient environmental guarantees. The project would have been close to Chile's' Humboldt Penguin Reserve (https://oct.to/OC876).

  • Scientists in Cuba face challenges we in America don't often think about. They struggle to purchase US equipment and some have been rejected from US Journals due to the trade embargo (https://oct.to/OC877).

  • Oceana is suing the Trump administration because they have withdrawn drift gillnet protections that would have saved many marine animals from death (https://oct.to/OC878).

  • Nickelodeon has pulled out of plans announced in January for an “undersea attraction and resort” on Palawan island in the Philippines after criticism from environmental campaigners (https://oct.to/OC879).

  • A Russian tanker carrying liquefied natural gas has moved through the northern sea route in a record amount of time and without an icebreaker escort for the first time. The ability to now travel this route all year will increase Arctic traffic (https://oct.to/OC880).

  • NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) team is offering a free webinar training series on using remote sensing to detect harmful algal blooms (https://oct.to/OC881).

  • No one really knows how many shipping containers are lost each year, but it could add up to be a lot. They then sit on the ocean floor for hundreds of years (https://oct.to/OC882).

  • By coating surfaces in silicone oil, researchers have found an effective means to prevent mussels and other shellfish from biofouling (https://oct.to/OC883).

1 archived Event & 4 new Conferences this week

  • Tuesday's PANORAMA - Solutions for a Healthy Planet webinar on Do Data or Desires Drive MSP? is now archived (https://oct.to/OC884).

  • 2017 Student Conference on Conservation Science: 11-13 October 2017 in New York City (https://oct.to/OC885).

  • WMU Regional Alumni Conference for the Americas: 23-25 October 2017 in Lima, Peru (https://oct.to/OC886).

  • Ports and Port-Cities - Post 2030: 6-8 November 2017 in Malmö, Sweden (https://oct.to/OC887).

26 new Literature items this week

  • European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities has published, Maritime Spatial Planning as Evolving Policy in Europe: Attitudes, Challenges and Trends (https://oct.to/OC888).

  • According to a new study, ships on the West Coast kill more than 80 endangered whales each year. Most whales that die when hit by ships sink, and often a ship captain doesn't even know they have hit one (https://oct.to/OC889).

  • Kelp loss is happening along the coasts likely due to climate change (https://oct.to/OC890).

2 new Grants & 6 new Jobs this week

  • NOAA Fisheries Cooperative Research Program is soliciting proposals (https://oct.to/OC891).

  • Freestone Environmental Services is hiring a writer/editor and social media specialist in Seattle (https://oct.to/OC892).