Building Knowledge, Capacity, and Collaborations to Develop Indicators for EBFM

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For the week of 22 April 2019 

Please join us for a webinar on Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm EDT / 4pm PDT / 11pm UTC for Building Knowledge, Capacity, and Collaborations to Develop Indicators for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management in Case Studies across the World with Beth Fulton of CSIRO and Keith Sainsbury of the University of Tasmania.

Collaborations of managers, policymakers, and scientists are currently developing useable indicators of ecosystem structure and function in four case study regions: Bering Sea – Alaska, US; Marine waters off of Southeast Australia; Marine waters off of Southwest India; and the Humboldt Current upwelling system – Chile. Funded by the Lenfest Ocean Program and CSIRO, the purpose of this project is to develop indicators along with guidelines for applying them in a variety of ecosystems and management contexts. Now two years in, Drs. Fulton and Sainsbury will share their progress on developing indicators of structure and function and building the capacity and partnerships needed in the case study regions to evaluate their use in incorporating ecosystem approaches into fisheries management.

Co-sponsors: Lenfest Ocean Program and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

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Global Warming Is Hitting Ocean Species Hardest, Including Fish Relied on for Food

Aquatic species feel the effects of global warming considerably more than their land loving equivalents, Malin Pinsky of Rutgers University recently revealed in a new study, with tropical communities at the greatest risk. (via Inside Climate News).

Searching for the world's last remaining sawfish

The sawfish once roaming in large numbers across the tropical and subtropical world is now the most vulnerable of the sharks and rays, facing extinction to all species. Possibly, acknowledging the sawfish's plight may be the first step to recovery (via NatGeo).

Conserving tiny forage fish, the heroes of our shared ocean ecosystem

The Forage Fish Conservation Act sponsored by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Brian Mast (R-Fla.) would recognize the importance of forage fish and place a limit on the amount that can be commercially harvested. (via The Hill)

Hawaii Pushes for Protection Plan to Save Beaches from Rising Sea Levels

By the end of this century Hawaii could face a 3 foot sea level rise and increased risk of hurricanes. To protect the islands, local officials are looking towards carbon taxes and infrastructure changes (via The Weather Channel).

In other News this week

  • West Coast Crabbers Grapple With Climate Change (via KQED)
  • To solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a Global Deal for Nature (via Vox)
  • Melting permafrost in Arctic will have $70tn climate impact – study (via The Guardian)
  • Florida lawmakers offer bill to ban drilling off state's coast (via The Hill)
  • I delivered an underwater speech to protect the oceans. Here’s why. (via Washington Post)
  • There’s just no getting away from microplastic contamination (via Ars Technica)
  • Endangered Green Sea Turtle Populations are Recovering in Pacific Coral Reefs (via Newsweek)
  • Antarctica: the final frontier for marine biological invasions? (via
  • What's happened to all the plastic rubbish in the Indian Ocean? (via
  • Lost sea creatures wash up on California shores as ocean climate shifts (via Washington Post)
  • Webinar: The Ocean Saved Humanity Once -- Will Aquaculture Have to do it Again? Presented by: Dr. Jerry Schubel. Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:00:00 PM PDT - 2:00:00 PM PDT. (Register Here)

1 new Podcast Episode and 1 new Archived Webinar this week

  • OCTOPOD - Aluminum helps save sea creatures, plastics do not (
  • Managing the ocean in real-time: Tools for dynamic management with Heather Welch of NOAA and the University of California Santa Cruz. (

1 new Conference and 2 new Grants/RFPs this week

33 new Literature items this week

  • Ecology and Society has released, Integrating fisheries management into sustainable development planning (Freely Available) (
  • ICES Journal of Marine Science has published, Machine intelligence and the data-driven future of marine science (Free not OA) (
  • Science Advances has published, Evaluating the impacts of protected areas on human well-being across the developing world (Freely Available) (
  • See the rest HERE

10 new Jobs this week

  • Become the Boating Programs Manager for Puget Soundkeeper based in Seattle, WA. (
  • Work as an Associate - Science (Consultant) for Industrial Economics, Inc (
  • Researcher in Plastic Pollution, Circular Economy & Waste Management for Common Seas. (
  • See the rest HERE