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For the week of 28 August 2017

Letter from the Editor

MPA News Editor, John Davis, will be live-blogging throughout IMPAC4 next week. Follow along for important MPA-related news and information at

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

30 News posts this week

  • Australia's draft Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan does not have many concrete changes and apparently ignores scientific advice (

  • A coalition of scientists, retailers, politicians and campaigners are saying that consumers of tuna are being betrayed and the tuna they are purchasing is not truly sustainable. The MSC certified boats catching tuna sustainably may also be catching other fish unsustainably and not meeting MSC requirements at all times (

  • Japan's "research" whaling ships are using military-grade satellite-tracking systems to evade Sea Shepherds' patrol boats, so the organization will be redirecting its funds to other conservation efforts (

  • Kenya has implemented the world's toughest plastic bag ban: making, selling, or importing plastic bags will result in fines upwards of $20,000 or 4-years in jail (

  • Brazil’s environmental regulator, Ibama, has rejected Total SA’s environmental impact study to drill for oil near the mouth of the Amazon river, home to coral reefs. Total SA has one more chance to satisfactorily address outstanding requests or the licensing process will be archived (

  • Up to 46% of Indonesia's coral reefs may be damaged (

  • The Green Party in New Zealand is proposing a large marine sanctuary to protect animals from seabed mining (

  • A proposed amendment to the Canadian Oceans Act and Canada Petroleum Resources Act could actually protect Canada's newest MPAs, in which oil-drilling is currently allowed (

1 archived Event this week

  • Tuesday's webinar on the Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework is now archived (

31 new Literature items this week

  • Ocean & Coastal Management has published, Realising a vision of no net loss through marine biodiversity offsetting in Australia (

  • A new study shows that plankton are more resilient to increasing temperatures than previously thought. Even though sea surface temperature increased by 0.74 degrees C over 6 years a community of plankton stayed in the same area (

  • Researchers have found that fish were less affected by OA when they adjusted for the natural daily changes in concentrations of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2). These natural fluctuations give the fish enough recovery time to reduce their sensitivity to higher carbon dioxide (

  • New research from the Scottish Association of Marine science has found benthic organisms living in depth of 2,000 meters are consuming polyester fibers, among other plastic marine debris. The research shows ingestion is not limited to coastal waters (

2 new Grants & 11 new Jobs this week

  • NOAA is soliciting proposals for their FY18 Community-based Marine Debris Removal grants (

  • UNEP-WCMC is hiring two Associate Program Officers in Cambridge, UK (