New Study Highlights Need to Tackle Fisheries and Climate Together

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For the week of 10 September 2018

Join us Thursday, November 15, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC for a webinar on New Study Highlights Need to Tackle Fisheries and Climate Together by Steve Gaines and Chris Costello of UCSB and Kristin Kleisner and Merrick Burden of EDF.

The world’s oceans have the potential to be significantly more plentiful than today even with climate change, provided good management practices are put in place and warming is held to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, according to the first-of-its kind study ( The study shows that compared to today, estimated future global outcomes include a $14 billion USD increase in profits, 25 billion additional servings of seafood, and 217 million more metric tons of fish in the sea - nearly a third more fish than exist today, if we can meet the imperative of the Paris Climate Accord and ensure global temperatures don’t rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius. Co-authors will discuss the findings and implications of the paper, as well as what is already being done by governments around the world to address climate change impacts on fisheries and people around the globe. Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

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On Waste Plastics at Sea, She Finds Unique Microbial Multitudes

Microbes are everywhere, on everything, even the tiny microscopic bits of plastic in the ocean.  In this interview with Quanta Magazine, Maria-Luiza Pedrotti of France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) discusses the role of microbes in the marine ecosystem, the fear of transferred infectious diseases, and the possibility microbes breaking down plastics. (via Quanta Magazine)

Closing the High Seas to Fishing Probably Won’t Hurt Global Food Security

In a recent study, published through Science Advances, researchers try to determine how influential high sea fisheries are for global supplies. The results show that the answer is, very little. Another question to ask though is “how important is the high seas for the overall health of global fish stocks?” (via Hakai Magazine)

Tiny but mighty: Ocean health depends on bacteria and viruses, so what should managers know about them?

"In this issue of MEAM, we catch up with some of the latest news and research on marine microbes (specifically marine bacteria and viruses) and their influence on marine ecosystems. We also hear from microbial experts about what marine managers and conservationist practitioners should know about marine microbes in the systems in which they work." (via MEAM)

Wait, So How Much of the Ocean Is Actually Fished?

A couple weeks ago a study by Global Fishing Watch claimed that only 4% of the ocean was being actively fished, in a new study, the results vastly differed with 55% of the ocean being fished. How did this happen? Possibly by how the researchers decided to break the ocean up for study. (via The Atlantic)

In other News this week

  • Why Are Puffins Vanishing? The Hunt for Clues Goes Deep (Into Their Burrows) (via NY Times)
  • Ghost hunters: West Coast fishermen are searching for lost crabbing gear (via The National Fisherman)
  • Impossible Choices: The Complicated Task of Saving Both Orca and Salmon (via Courthouse News)
  • Climate change conflicts are here – and ‘scallop wars’ are just the beginning (via The Conversation)
  • 'Climate change moving faster than we are,' says UN Secretary General (via BBC)
  • The Oracle of Oyster River (via Hakai Magazine)
  • Check out the full September issue of MEAM here

24 new Literature items this week

  • European Journal of Ecology has published, The Devil in the Deep: Expanding the Known Habitat of a Rare and Protected Fish (
  • Conservation Biology has published Adaptive social impact management for conservation and environmental management (
  • Fisheries Research has released Developing a frame of reference for fisheries management and conservation interventions (

13 new Jobs this week

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts is hiring for an Officer in Conservation Science based in Washington D.C. (
  • Florida Sea Grant / University of Florida need a Coral Disease Response Coordinator. Applications due Oct. 1st (
  • University of Michigan is hiring a new Assistant Professor in Water Policy, Politics and Planning (