Stopping overexploitation of living resources on the high seas

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For the week of 04 March 2019

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Marine Policy has published, Stopping overexploitation of living resources on the high seas, "This paper reviews the provisions and efforts to implement the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) and the 1980 Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). It illustrates progress and continuing challenges to stopping the overexploitation of living resources in high seas areas beyond national jurisdictions. Progress includes recognition that living organisms interact with each other and the environment in complex ways and that single-species management to attain maximum sustainable yield (MSY) fails to account for these interactions. Continuing challenges include data limitations that allow differing views concerning the adequacy and interpretation of the available data, and decision-makingthat allows a minority of the decision-makers to block adoption of regulatory measures that the majority believe necessary to meet the intent and provisions of the regulatory agreements. The provisions and continuing challenges to meeting the objectives of these two conventions should be considered in the formulation of future international high seas regulatory agreements such as the regime to govern fisheries in the central Arctic Ocean as envisioned in the 16 year ban on commercial fishing there agreed in October 2018 by Canada, Denmark (for Greenland), Iceland, Russia, Norway, the United States, the European Union, Japan, China, and South Korea."

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Distributions of Species

OA: Moity, N., Delgado, B. & Salinas-de-León, P. Mangroves in the Galapagos islands: Distribution and dynamics. PLOS ONE 14, e0209313 (2019).

Fisheries and Fisheries Management

OA: Hofman, R. J. Stopping overexploitation of living resources on the high seas. Marine Policy 103, 91 - 100 (2019).

Food for Thought

OA: Marshall, N. et al. Identifying indicators of aesthetics in the Great Barrier Reef for the purposes of management. PLOS ONE 14, e0210196 (2019).

Human Impacts on the Environment

OA: Juhel, J. - B. et al. Isolation and no-entry marine reserves mitigate anthropogenic impacts on grey reef shark behavior. Scientific Reports 9, (2019).

OA: Porobic, J. et al. The impact of fishing on a highly vulnerable ecosystem, the case of Juan Fernández Ridge ecosystem. PLOS ONE 14, e0212485 (2019).

Management and Management Effectiveness

OA: Jones, D. O. B. et al. Existing environmental management approaches relevant to deep-sea mining. Marine Policy (2019). doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2019.01.006

Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP)

OA: Mason, J. G., Hazen, E. L., Bograd, S. J., Dewar, H. & Crowder, L. B. Community-level effects of spatial management in the California drift gillnet Fishery. Fisheries Research 214, 175 - 182 (2019).

Pollution and Marine Debris

OA: Haegerbaeumer, A., Mueller, M. - T., Fueser, H. & Traunspurger, W. Impacts of Micro- and Nano-Sized Plastic Particles on Benthic Invertebrates: A Literature Review and Gap Analysis. Frontiers in Environmental Science 7, (2019).

Tools and Data

OA: Leone, A. Benedetto, Ferraro, G. Bonanno, Boitani, L. & Blasi, M. Francesca. Skin marks in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) interacting with artisanal fishery in the central Mediterranean Sea. PLOS ONE 14, e0211767 (2019).

Vessel Traffic and Tracking, Shipping, and Ports

OA: Rosenhaim, I. Linck et al. Simulated ballast water accumulation along Arctic shipping routes. Marine Policy 103, 9 - 18 (2019).