Tackling ghost gear in hot spot areas

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For the week of 16 July 2018

Join us Tuesday September 18th, 1pm PST, 4pm EST / Wednesday September 19th, 6am AEST for a webinar on Tackling ghost gear in hot spot areas: How innovative partnerships are helping developing countries address lost and abandoned fishing gear presented by Ingrid Giskes and Joel Baziuk of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and Nick Mallos from Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas® Program.

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative is a cross-sectoral alliance working to tackle the problem of ghost fishing gear worldwide by building evidence, catalyzing sustainable solutions, and promoting best practice. In this webinar, we will discuss new ground-breaking partnerships that we are fostering to scale-up efforts. We will also highlight some new innovative solution projects that we have rolled out in developing countries, including in Indonesia, Myanmar, and the wider South Pacific region. Finally, we will touch on the external opportunities that we see to further leverage the issue of ghost gear. This webinar complements our previous webinar Ghost Fishing Gear: The Global Problem and the Global Solution held on April 10, 2018. That webinar can be viewed at https://www.openchannels.org/webinars/2018/ghost-fishing-gear-global-problem-and-global-solution.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar188

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– Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

‘Decolonizing conservation’: Q&A with PNG marine activist John Aini

It's time to start trusting that there are just as good or better ways to approach conservation than just the western perspective. In order to properly protect or enhance protections on critical areas we should be listening and utilizing as much information that can be gathered from the people who know the areas best. (via Mongabay)

Endangered Species Act stripped of key provisions in Trump administration proposal

Though this is just a proposal, if it comes to pass some changes would be putting each species on a case-to-case basis and taking economics into consideration when viewing a contending plant or animal. (via Washington Post

Some Plastic Pollution Isn’t Plastic After All

Some may remember the big scare a couple months ago about shellfish grow-out areas (specifically along the US Pacific coast) being riddled with microplastics. A new study, by the British Columbia Shellfish Growers' Association, discovered that the main pollutant inside of pacific coast shellfish (both farmed and wild) was not plastic, but cotton. My question is, is that any better? Probably depends on what's in the cotton fibers. (via Hakai Magazine)

Bold initiative aims to protect coral reefs in the Dominican Republic

This 786,300 hectares of reef environment in the Caribbean will be the first of the its kind in management style. Co-managed by locals, non-profits, and government organizations, this collaborative style could shape future MPA management efforts. (via Mongabay)

In other News this week

  • Could The Ocean Floor Be a Permanent CO2 Vault? (via Anthropocene Magazine)
  • Polar bears pictured playing with plastic on remote Arctic island (via The Independent)
  • Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whale (via Phys.org)
  • Global study of world's beaches shows threat to protected areas (viaPhys.org)
  • Join the MCI for their Marine Conservation Institute Summer Ocean Party! July 23rd in Petaluma, CA (https://oct.to/OC1456)
  • Announcing the 2018 Marine Conservation Institute GLORES Award Nominees: Public Comment Open! (https://oct.to/OC1457)
  • Entanglement with Tony Amos - Video Link (https://oct.to/OC1458)
  • The Lenfest Ocean Program is hosting a webinar on Wednesday July 25: Quantifying Relationships of Northern Fur Seals, Pollock, and Climate Change in Alaska (https://oct.to/OC1459)

13 new Literature items this week

  • Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems has published Bridging the divide: Social-ecological coherence in Marine Protected Area network design (https://oct.to/OC1460).
  • Frontiers in Marine Science has released Discriminating Catch Composition and Fishing Modes in an Artisanal Multispecies Fishery (https://oct.to/OC1461).
  • PLOS ONE has published Spatially explicit action research for coastal fisheries management (https://oct.to/OC1462).

6 new Jobs this week

  • Coordinator position with the Pacific Marine & Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (https://oct.to/OC1463)
  • The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority seeks an Offshore Wind Fisheries Liaison Position (https://oct.to/OC1464)
  • Ocean Science Trusts has an opening for a new Program Director (https://oct.to/OC1465)