Massively Destructive Coral Reef Damage from Giant Clam Shell Digging in the South China Sea

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 20 May 2019 

Please join us Thursday, June 13, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Massively Destructive Coral Reef Damage from Giant Clam Shell Digging in the South China Sea: Birth, Death and Rebirth with John McManus of the University of Miami. 

The South China Sea supplies approximately 15% of the world’s fish and helps support ~38 million coastal residents. Part of this production system includes more than 3,800 square kilometers of the world’s most diverse offshore coral reefs. Since 2011, many of the reef flats have been severely damaged by small boats from China digging up giant clams for the billion-dollar shell carving trade. This practice was not widely known until 2016 when negative publicity led the Chinese government to ban this activity. For the past few years, there have been only occasional reports of the practice continuing. As of 2019, however, a modified version of the practice has emerged in the Pratas Islands and Scarborough Atoll. This talk will describe the current situation and present a proposal for a peace park for the globally-unique Scarborough Atoll to help ensure its protection

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

To register, visit:

If you would like to check out other upcoming OCTO sponsored webinars, you can find a complete list at

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

What is marine plastic pollution costing us? The impacts of marine plastic on the Blue Economy

"If the harm to marine life doesn’t convince decision makers to make difficult changes to address marine plastic pollution, maybe understanding the economic and social impacts can" (via The Skimmer).

Rescue dog trained to sniff out invasive mussels in Wash.

Puddles, a very good girl, is helping her colleagues by sniffing out invasive zebra and quagga mussels for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (via KOMO News).

US offshore wind under the Trump administration and new developments with offshore wind

"Val Stori, the project director for the Clean Energy Group and Clean Energy States Alliance, discusses US offshore wind energy under the Trump administration and new developments in the offshore wind industry" (via The Skimmer).

Penguins and their chicks' responses to local fish numbers informs marine conservation

Researchers linked fish abundance to the foraging behavior of African penguin parents and the health of their chicks (via Science Daily).

In other News this week

  • New approach for determining conservation threat for species with little data (via
  • Island Voices: Flaws in herring management undermine Salish Sea’s health (via Times Colonist)
  • Monitoring hack shines a light on fishing boats operating under cover of dark (via Mongabay)
  • Oceans, Policy And The Economy Intersect at Capitol Hill Ocean Week (via Forbes)
  • New plastic closes the recycling loop (via Anthropocene Magazine)
  • From sharks in seagrass to manatees in mangroves, we’ve found large marine species in some surprising places (via The Conversation)
  • Straws: UK government to bring in new controls on plastic (via BBC)
  • Time is running out to protect our alien and wonderful underwater world (via Big Issue)
  • Arctic lakes and rivers can lose the diversity of freshwater species (via

1 new Podcast Episode and 1 new Archived Webinar this week

  • OCTOPOD: Some words are hard to say (
  • Archived Webinar: Building Knowledge, Capacity, and Collaborations to Develop Indicators for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management in Case Studies across the World (

4 new Conferences this week

  • Student Conference on Conservation Science in Tihany (Lake Balaton), Hungary from August 27-31, 2019 (
  • Ocean Plastics Congress 2019 in Melbourne, Australia from December 2-6, 2019. (

20 new Literature items this week

  • PLOS ONE has released, Minimizing wildlife impacts for offshore wind energy development: Winning tradeoffs for seabirds in space and cetaceans in time (Freely Available) (
  • Resources, Conservation and Recycling has published, Public attitudes towards plastics (US $35.95) (
  • Trends in Ecology & Evolution has published, Better Model Transfers Require Knowledge of Mechanisms (Freely Available) (
  • See the rest HERE

7 new Jobs this week

  • Apply for the Marine 30x30 Planner position for the Division of Aquatic Resources in Honolulu, HI. (
  • Work in Aquaculture as the Marine Resource Management Specialist for NOAA Fisheries. (
  • Become the Seasonal Education Specialist for the Oregon Department of State Lands (
  • See the rest HERE