The Dynamics and Impact of Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia

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For the week of 23 September 2019

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Oceanography has published, The Dynamics and Impact of Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia: Insights from Sustained Investigations in the Northern California Current Large Marine Ecosystem.

Abstract: Coastal upwelling ecosystems around the world are defined by wind-generated currents that bring deep, nutrient-rich waters to the surface ocean where they fuel exceptionally productive food webs. These ecosystems are also now understood to share a common vulnerability to ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH). In the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME), reports of marine life die-offs by fishers and resource managers triggered research that led to an understanding of the risks posed by hypoxia. Similarly, unprecedented losses from shellfish hatcheries led to novel insights into the coastal expression of ocean acidification. Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) scientists and other researchers in the CCLME responded to the rise of OAH with new ocean observations and experiments. This work revealed insights into the expression of OAH as coupled environmental stressors, their temporal and spatial variability, and impacts on species, ecological communities, and fisheries. Sustained investigations also deepened the understanding of connections between climate change and the intensification of hypoxia, and are beginning to inform the ecological and eco-evolutionary processes that can structure responses to the progression of ocean acidification and other pathways of global change. Moreover, because the severity of the die-offs and hatchery failures and the subsequent scientific understanding combined to galvanize public attention, these scientific advances have fostered policy advances. Across the CCLME, policymakers are now translating the evolving scientific understanding of OAH into new management actions.

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Adaptive Management

OA: Greenan, B. J. W. et al. Climate Change Vulnerability of American Lobster Fishing Communities in Atlantic CanadaFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Built Environment

OA: van Elden, S., Meeuwig, J. J., Hobbs, R. J. & Hemmi, J. M. Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms as Novel Ecosystems: A Global PerspectiveFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Ocean Warming

OA: Chan, F., Barth, J., Kroeker, K., Lubchenco, J. & Menge, B. The Dynamics and Impact of Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia: Insights from Sustained Investigations in the Northern California Current Large Marine EcosystemOceanography 32, 62 - 71 (2019).

OA: Carr, M. et al. Planning for Change: Assessing the Potential Role of Marine Protected Areas and Fisheries Management Approaches for Resilience Management in a Changing OceanOceanography 32, 116 - 125 (2019).

Ecosystem Assessment

OA: Ryan, J. P. et al. Humpback whale song occurrence reflects ecosystem variability in feeding and migratory habitat of the northeast PacificPLOS ONE14, e0222456 (2019).

Fisheries and Fisheries Management

OA: Sala, A., Notti, E., Bonanomi, S., Pulcinella, J. & Colombelli, A. Trawling in the Mediterranean: An Exploration of Empirical Relations Connecting Fishing Gears, Otterboards and Propulsive Characteristics of Fishing VesselsFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Human Impacts on the Environment

OA: Calambokidis, J. et al. Differential Vulnerability to Ship Strikes Between Day and Night for Blue, Fin, and Humpback Whales Based on Dive and Movement Data From Medium Duration Archival TagsFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Local or Traditional Knowledge

OA: Carothers, C., Sformo, T. L., Cotton, S., George, J. C. & Westley, P. A. H. Pacific Salmon in the Rapidly Changing Arctic: Exploring Local Knowledge and Emerging Fisheries in Utqiaġvik and Nuiqsut, AlaskaARCTIC 72, 273 - 288 (2019).

OA: Stori, F. Terra, Peres, C. Mani, Turra, A. & Pressey, R. L. Traditional Ecological Knowledge Supports Ecosystem-Based Management in Disturbed Coastal Marine Social-Ecological SystemsFrontiers in Marine Science 6,(2019).

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Preprint: Lieberknecht, L. M. & Jones, P. J. S. From stormy seas to the doldrums: The challenges of navigating towards an ecologically coherent marine protected area network through England's Marine Conservation Zone processMarine Policy 71, 275 - 284 (2016).

Preprint: Singer, R. & Jones, P. Lyme Bay marine protected area: A governance analysisMarine Policy (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2018.07.004

OA: Cau, A. et al. European spiny lobster recovery from overfishing enhanced through active restocking in Fully Protected AreasScientific Reports 9, (2019).

Pollution and Marine Debris

OA: Chaturvedi, S. Kumar, Banerjee, S. & Lele, S. An assessment of oil spill detection using Sentinel 1 SAR-C imagesJournal of Ocean Engineering and Science (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.joes.2019.09.004

Social-Ecological Systems and Human Wellbeing

OA: Taruc, S. Afatta Kem. An assessment of the sustainability and resilience of livelihoods within an Indonesian marine social-ecological system. (2019). doi:10.14264/uql.2019.635

Tools and Data

OA: Ross, R. E., Wort, E. J. G. & Howell, K. L. Combining Distribution and Dispersal Models to Identify a Particularly Vulnerable Marine EcosystemFrontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).