Who cares about ocean acidification in the Plasticene?

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For the week of 15 April 2019

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Ocean & Coastal Management has published, Who cares about ocean acidification in the Plasticene? "Plastics is all the rage, and mitigating marine litter is topping the agenda for nations pushing issues such as ocean acidification, or even climate change, away from the public consciousness. We are personally directly affected by plastics and charismatic megafauna is dying from it, and it is something that appears to be doable. So, who cares about the issue of ocean acidification anymore? We all should. The challenge is dual in the fact that is both invisible to the naked eye and therefore not felt like a pressing issue to the public, thereby not reaching the top of the agenda of policy makers; but also that it is framed in the climate change narrative of fear - whereby it instills in a fight-or-flight response in the public, resulting in their avoidance of the issue because they feel they are unable to take action that have results. In this article, we argue that the effective global environmental governance of ocean acidification, though critical to address, mitigate against and adapt to, is hindered by the both this lack of perception of urgency in the general public, fueled by a lack of media coverage, as well as a fight-or-flight response resulting from fear. We compare this to the more media friendly and plastics problem that is tangible and manageable. We report on a media plots of plastics and ocean acidification coverage over time and argue that the issue needs to be detangled from climate change and framed as its own issue to reach the agenda at a global level, making it manageable to assess and even care about for policy makers and the public alike?"

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Adaptive Management

OA: Nugraha, R. B. A. et al. Rigs-To-Reef (R2R): A new initiative on re-utilization of abandoned offshore oil and gas platforms in Indonesia for marine and fisheries sectors. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science 241, 012014 (2019).


OA: Dahood, A., Watters, G. M. & de Mutsert, K. Using sea-ice to calibrate a dynamic trophic model for the Western Antarctic Peninsula. PLOS ONE 14, e0214814 (2019).

Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Ocean Warming

OA: Tiller, R. et al. Who cares about ocean acidification in the Plasticene?. Ocean & Coastal Management 174, 170 - 180 (2019).

Deep-sea ecosystems and hydrothermal vents

OA: Kobayashi, H., Shimoshige, H., Nakajima, Y., Arai, W. & Takami, H. An aluminum shield enables the amphipod Hirondellea gigas to inhabit deep-sea environments. PLOS ONE 14, e0206710 (2019).

Distributions of Species

OA: Chavez-Rosales, S., Palka, D. L., Garrison, L. P. & Josephson, E. A. Environmental predictors of habitat suitability and occurrence of cetaceans in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Scientific Reports 9, (2019).

Food for Thought

OA: Toivonen, T. et al. Social media data for conservation science: A methodological overview. Biological Conservation 233, 298 - 315 (2019).

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

OA: Umar, W., Tassakka, A. C. M. A. R. & Jompa, J. Potential Uses of Genetic Studies for MPA Design. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science 253, 012032 (2019).

Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP)

OA: Fliessbach, K. Leonia et al. A Ship Traffic Disturbance Vulnerability Index for Northwest European Seabirds as a Tool for Marine Spatial Planning. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

OA: Lombard, A. T. et al. Practical Approaches and Advances in Spatial Tools to Achieve Multi-Objective Marine Spatial Planning. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Tools and Data

OA: Kuplik, Z., Novak, L. & Shenkar, N. Proteomic profiling of ascidians as a tool for biomonitoring marine environments. PLOS ONE 14, e0215005 (2019).


OA: Hani, M. S., Jompa, J., Nessa, M. N. & White, A. T. Manta ray watching tourism in Eastern Indonesia: Is it sustainable?. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science 253, 012042 (2019).

OA: Nitivattananon, V. & Srinonil, S. Enhancing coastal areas governance for sustainable tourism in the context of urbanization and climate change in eastern Thailand. Advances in Climate Change Research (2019). doi:10.1016/j.accre.2019.03.003