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For the week of 20 August 2018

Join us Thursday, October 11, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Listening to our Sanctuaries: Understanding and Reducing the Impacts of Underwater Noise in Marine Protected Areas presented by Leila Hatch of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Increasing levels of human activity are contributing increasing levels of underwater noise to the world's aquatic places. In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the federal agency most responsible for preventing harm to aquatic animals and their habitats. This presentation will discuss NOAA's interest in conserving acoustic habitat quality in addition to minimizing adverse physical and behavioral impacts of noise to specific species. It will also focus on the role that National Marine Sanctuaries are playing in NOAA's Ocean Noise Strategy through both science and management initiatives.

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

The NOAA National Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Center, MPA News,, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe) co-host a webinar series on issues important to MPAs. 

OCTO is currently conducting a short survey to learn if these webinars have benefited you and to help provide directions for our future work. If you have attended one or more of these webinars we would greatly appreciate your feedback. To help jog your memory, you may look at a complete list of webinars here

This survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will close on September 7, 2018. Click the link below to begin the survey.

Thank you for your time!

OCTO on behalf of the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News,, and the EBM Tools Network

Dosed salmon, clipped fins, a ‘dinner bell’: How far is too far in helping starving orca? 

J50 is one of the 75 remaining residential Salish Sea orcas, and she is dying. Sick with intestinal worms and suffering from a fungal infection, J50 needs help fast.  Oral medication is necessary to treat these ailments, and to supply these is going to require some ingenuity. (via Seattle Times)

150 Years of Shifting Global Fishing

Reg Watson of the University of Tasmania and Alex Tidd of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland have created a virtual map allowing users to trace back 150 years of fishing worldwide. The researchers created this map to better display global trends and to understand how best to advance in fisheries management. (via Hakai Magazine)

Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

The Arctic is losing its oldest sea ice. Once old age ice is lost, it is incredibly difficult to recover, as warming waters makes new ice sheet formations much more vulnerable. (via The Guardian)

Blog: Blockchain technology – Could this be the supply chain’s weakest link?

"The work to eradicate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing from the world’s oceans has been painstakingly undertaken by organisations and governments for many, many years now. Like agricultural livestock farming in previous years, the world has come to realise that it is important to know where their seafood comes from, how it was caught, if it is legally compliant and safe to eat..." (viaOpenChannels)

1 new Podcast and 1 new Conference this week

25 new Literature items this week

  • Scientific Reports has published Ocean sprawl facilitates dispersal and connectivity of protected species (
  • Science Advances has released High seas fisheries play a negligible role in addressing global food security (
  • ICES Journal of Marine Science has published Challenges to fisheries advice and management due to stock recovery (

16 new Jobs and 1 new Grant this week

  • The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation seeks a Junior Front-End Developer to work in Silver Spring, MD (
  • Become a Senior Science Lead for The Wellcome Trust Our Planet, Our Health Programme in London, England, UK (
  • National Sea Grant College Program has an Aquaculture Lead opening (
  • FY2019 Marine Debris Removal Grant is now available (