Sargassum Watch System warns of incoming seaweed

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For the week of 15 July 2019

Please join us Tuesday, August 27 for a webinar on Sargassum Watch System warns of incoming seaweed with Chuanmin Hu of the University of South Florida.

Description: The Sargassum Watch System (SaWS) uses satellite data and numerical models to detect and track pelagic Sargassum in near-real time. Sargassum is a pelagic seaweed that floats on the ocean surface and is abundant in the Intra-Americas Sea, the Atlantic, and along the coast of Europe. In the ocean, it provides an important habitat for many marine animals. On shore, it serves as fertilizer for sand dunes and biomass for food and fuel. Excessive amounts of Sargassum on beaches in populated areas can cause problems, however. Sargassum decomposition on beaches smells bad, attracts insects, smothers turtle nesting sites, and causes fish kills, in addition to diminishing tourism. Annual Sargassum inundation events are currently occurring annually along the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean coasts. SaWS monitors Sargassum distribution and abundance in the ocean to aid the study of ocean ecology, help fisheries management, and forecast Sargassum beaching events

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1 new Archived Webinar and 1 new Podcast this week

  • Webinar Archive: Financing Coral Reef Conservation and Management with Tourism-Related Tools presented by David Meyers of the Conservation Finance Alliance. (
  • OCTOPOD Podcast: Mice are the chicken nuggets of the world. Nick and Allie share how pride month isn't actually over in the ocean. (

 4 new Conferences this week

  • Workshop to Identify Research Priorities for Shifting Marine Species. October 21-23, 2019. Washington, DC. (
  • Ocean Sciences Meeting. February 16-21, 2019. San Diego, California. (

41 new Literature items this week

  • Sustainability has released, Just Transformations to Sustainability (Freely Available). (
  • Frontiers in Marine Science has published, Fat Embolism and Sperm Whale Ship Strikes (Freely Available). (
  • Frontiers in Marine Science has published, Exploring Our Oceans: Using the Global Classroom to Develop Ocean Literacy (Freely Available). (
  • See the rest HERE

8 new Jobs this week

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  • See the rest HERE