The Ecosystem Approach in Ocean Planning and Governance

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For the week of 14 January 2019

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Brill | Nijhoff has published The Ecosystem Approach in Ocean Planning and Governance, "The Ecosystem Approach in Ocean Planning and Governancetakes stock of the challenges associated with implementing an ecosystem approach in ocean governance. In addition to theorizing the notion of Ecosystem Approach and its multifaceted implications, the book provides in depth analyses of lessons learned and remaining challenges associated with making the Ecosystem Approach fully relevant and operational in different marine policy fields, including marine spatial planning, fisheries, and biodiversity protection. In doing so, it adds much needed legal and social science perspectives to the existing literature on the Ecosystem Approach in relation to the marine environment. While focusing predominantly on the European context, the perspective is enriched by analyses from other jurisdictions, including the USA."

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Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Ocean Warming

OA: Preprint: Bennett, N. James, Dearden, P. & Peredo, A. María. Vulnerability to multiple stressors in coastal communities: a study of the Andaman coast of Thailand. Climate and Development 7, 124 - 141 (2015).

Distributions of Species

Preprint: Oppel, S. et al. Comparison of five modelling techniques to predict the spatial distribution and abundance of seabirds. Biological Conservation 156, 94 - 104 (2012).

Governance and Legal Frameworks

OA: The Ecosystem Approach in Ocean Planning and Governance. (Brill | Nijhoff, 2018). doi:10.1163/9789004389984

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

OA: Rolim, F. A. et al. Network of small no-take marine reserves reveals greater abundance and body size of fisheries target species. PLOS ONE 14, e0204970 (2019).


OA: Tickler, D. M. et al. Potential detection of illegal fishing by passive acoustic telemetry. Animal Biotelemetry 7, (2019).

OA: Rowlands, G., Brown, J., Soule, B., Boluda, P. Trueba & Rogers, A. D. Satellite surveillance of fishing vessel activity in the Ascension Island Exclusive Economic Zone and Marine Protected Area. Marine Policy (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2018.11.006

Natural Sciences

Preprint: Di Guardo, G. & Mazzariol, S. Cetacean morbillivirus, a journey from land to sea and viceversa. (2019). doi:10.31230/

OA: Sánchez-Román, A. et al. Rafting behaviour of seabirds as a proxy to describe surface ocean currents in the Balearic Sea. Scientific Reports 9, (2019).

Preprint: Oppel, S. et al. Foraging distribution of a tropical seabird supports Ashmole’s hypothesis of population regulation. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69,915 - 926 (2015).


OA: Pogoda, B. Current Status of European Oyster Decline and Restoration in Germany. Humanities 8, 9 (2019).

Social-Ecological Systems and Human Wellbeing

Preprint: Bennett, N. James & Dearden, P. A picture of change: using photovoice to explore social and environmental change in coastal communities on the Andaman Coast of Thailand. Local Environment 18, 983 - 1001 (2013).

Vessel Traffic and Tracking, Shipping, and Ports

OA: Morimura, N. & Mori, Y. Social responses of travelling finless porpoises to boat traffic risk in Misumi West Port, Ariake Sound, Japan. PLOS ONE 14, e0208754 (2019).