China's Underwater Cultural Heritage in the South China Sea: Nanhai #1

Subscribe to OpenChannels Newsletters

Would you like to subscribe to the OpenChannels Weekly Update or weekly Literature Update? Simply create a free OpenChannels Member Account and check the boxes for the Weekly Update and/or Literature Update newsletters.


For the week of 29 April 2019 

Please join us Thursday, May 9, 3 pm US EDT/ noon US PDT/ 7 pm UTC for a webinar on China's Underwater Cultural Heritage in the South China Sea: Nanhai #1, A Window on the Maritime Silk Road with Hans Van Tilburg of the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Underwater Cultural Heritage can inform us about past events and seafaring cultures in powerful ways. China's ambitious Nanhai #1 excavation project has achieved a new milestone in the recovery of underwater cultural heritage artifacts. The discovery of a 900-year old Song dynasty merchant vessel initiated the removal of the adjacent seafloor along with the intact wreck, allowing for meticulous "in situ" excavation under environmentally controlled conditions within a specially-built lab. The wealth of porcelains and trade goods found with the vessel demonstrates the extensive and vibrant past of the Maritime Silk Road, and archaeologists are only now reaching the lower levels of the vessel’s cargo holds. The project is also relevant to today’s resource and management issues in the South China Sea.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar232

If you would like to check out other upcoming OCTO sponsored webinars, you can find a complete list at https://oct.to/Webinars

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
          – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Maine becomes 1st state to ban single-use foam containers

Maine has become the first state to ban single-use styrofoam containers. The ban will take effect in 2021 and will focus on restaurants and other "covered establishments." Hurray for Maine! (via KGW8).

Researchers may have an antidote for the deadliest jellyfish sting on Earth

Geneticists from the University of Sydney in Australia discovered that the venom of Box Jellies directs itself to four genes that when dampened can block the effects of the poison. (via Science).

'Best day ever.' Scientist celebrates recovering sea stars

Once thought to be doomed along the Pacific Northwest, ochre sea stars are making a slow come-back around the San Juan Islands of Washington State. (via KUOW)

Tourists and fishers key to future of rare manta nursery

Off the coast of Bali there are two hotspots frequented by large populations of mantas. These endangered mantra rays are threatened by: diving teams, engine noises, and fishing gear in those areas. (via Phys.org).

In other News this week

  • Sponges and corals: Seafloor assessments to help protect against climate change (via Horizon Science Blog)
  • Judge fines pipeline company $3.3 million for 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill (via IndyBay)
  • Alaskan seashells reveal a changing Arctic (via Phys.org)
  • Weak governance undermines South America’s ocean ecosystems (via Mongabay)
  • Why the southern resident killer whales should have the same rights as people (via Phys.org)
  • Brexit/Fisheries: Commissioner Vella presents contingency plans to mitigate “no-deal” impact (via Europa)
  • 'Biodegradable' plastic bags survive three years in soil and sea (via The Guardian)
  • Building the world’s biggest MPA: Q&A with Goldman winner Jacqueline Evans (via Mongabay)
  • Despite its green image, NZ has world's highest proportion of species at risk (via phys.org)
  • Cold-blooded sea-life living on the edge in a warming world (via Anthropocene)

2 new Podcast Episodes and 1 new Archived Webinar this week

  • OCTOPOD - Don't forget your lionfish necklace! (https://oct.to/OC1833)
  • Salish Shes Episode 9: Up-Close with Orcasound (https://oct.to/OC1834)
  • Archived Webinar: The impact of human-caused ocean noise pollution on fish, invertebrates, and ecosystem services with Lindy Weilgart of Dalhousie University and OceanCare. (https://oct.to/OC1835)

2 new Conferences and 2 new Grants/RFPs this week

32 new Literature items this week

  • PeerJ has released, Likes, comments, and shares of marine organism imagery on Facebook (Freely Available) (https://oct.to/OC1840)
  • Annals of Tourism Research has published, Regulating whale watching: A common agency analysis (US $35.95) (https://oct.to/OC1841)
  • The U.S. Geological Survey has published, Rigorously valuing the role of U.S. coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction (Freely Available) (https://oct.to/OC1842)
  • See the rest HERE

5 new Jobs this week

  • Become the Planner in Advanced Planning & Sea Level Rise for the County of Marin based in San Rafael, CA. (https://oct.to/OC1843)
  • Work as the Coral Aquaculture Supervisor for the Nature Conservancy. Application deadline: May 25, 2019. (https://oct.to/OC1844)
  • Fishery Analyst/Economist Vacancy Announcement with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. (https://oct.to/OC1845)
  • See the rest HERE