New Opportunities for Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses

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For the week of 05 August 2019

Please join us Tuesday, September 17 at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on New Opportunities for Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses with Mike Beck of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of new research on how natural defenses can reduce coastal risk. Key new findings include: 1) the global costs of storms would double if the top 1 m of coral reefs is lost, 2) coral reefs provide $1.8 billion in annual flood protection benefits to the US alone, and 3) globally, if mangroves are lost, 39% more people would be affected by floods and property damage would increase by US$82 billion. This webinar will also show which countries (and hotspots in countries) have the most to gain in flood protection from reef conservation. We will wrap up by describing our work with the insurance industry and FEMA to show how valuation of risk reduction benefits can be used to finance reef and wetland conservation and restoration at scale. [Please note: This webinar significantly updates a May 2018 EBM Tools Network/OCTO webinar with new results and opportunities for implementation in policy and practice.

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

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    – Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Arctic buoy with yearlong Beluga recordings salvaged by Swedish icebreaker

A research buoy in heavy pack ice was feared unrecoverable, but by chance ended up in the path of a large ice breaker vessel with the ability to collect it (via MercoPress.).

Industrial fishing boats leave few safe havens for sharks on the high seas

New research has shown that the area where industrial fishing vessels fish often overlaps with where sharks frequent. This shows the risk sharks are under for being victims of bycatch or secondary fishing (via Nature).

New poll finds the US generally trusts scientists, with some exceptions

A newly released poll shows that in general, in the US, trust in scientists is up since 2016, however there is a partisan divide (via ars Technica).

Where are the salmon and the orcas? Tribe, scientists grapple with unprecedented disappearance in Washington waters

As the salmon disappear so do the whales, traveling farther away to feed themselves. The loss of the whale's and salmon's presence is concerning (via The Seattle Times).

In other News this week

  • Read full issue of the July - August edition of The Skimmer here (The Skimmer)
  • Seabirds that eat plastic—and live—have major health problems (via National Geographic)
  • Bipartisan Bill To Restore And Conserve Coral Reefs (via Maui Now)
  • Arctic study to shed light on organisms key to the food chain (via
  • Why Is There So Much Oil in the Arctic? (via
  • 73% Of Sea Turtles Killed In 2019 Died From Vessel Strikes: AMCS (via Patch)
  • New study shows migratory tuna species are spawning in Pacific Marine Protected Area (via EIN NewsDesk)
  • The Arctic Fires Are Making Climate Change Worse (via Outside)
  • While we debate geoengineering the ocean, it seems we’re already doing it (via Anthropocene)
  • More than 100 years of Arctic sea ice volume reconstructed with help from historic ships’ logbooks (via UW News)
  • Russia’s Floating Nuclear Plant to Make its Way Across the Arctic (via The Maritime Executive)
  • Venice asks other ports to help find solution to cruise ship problems (via The Guardian)

1 new Conference and 2 new Podcasts this week

  • Conference: Aquaculture America 2020. February 9-12, 2020. Honolulu, Hawaii. (
  • OCTOPOD Podcast: A Teenager is Smarter Than Us. Nick and Allie update you on anything related to the ocean we feel you should know about. (
  • OCTOPOD Interview: But what fish should I eat? An interview with Tim Fitzgerald about sharks, sustainable seafood, lab grown fish, and more (

33 new Literature items this week

  • Nature Ecology and Evolution has released, The marine fish food web is globally connected ($32). (
  • Marine Policy has published, Understanding the barriers to reconciling marine mammal-fishery conflicts: A case study in British Columbia ($35.95). (
  • Marine Ecology Progress Series has published, Drivers of dynamics of small pelagic fish resources: biology, management and human factors (Freely Available). (
  • See the rest HERE

12 new Jobs this week