An atlas of protected hydrothermal vents

For the week of 16 September 2019

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Marine Policy has published, An atlas of protected hydrothermal vents.

Abstract: Active hydrothermal vents are valued worldwide because of the importance of their biodiversity and their influence on scientific discovery and insight about life on Earth and elsewhere in the Universe. There exist at least 20 areas and area networks with conservation measures for deep-sea hydrothermal vents, established by 12 countries and three Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, in six oceanic regions. Area-based management tools (ABMT) implemented by these countries illustrate multiple categories and means of protection and management of these rare and vulnerable habitats. Some ABMTs only regulate bottom and deep-trawling fisheries activities, others manage additional activities such as mining, scientific research, and bioprospecting, while still others protect active hydrothermal vents through broad conservation interventions. This atlas summarizes the “who”, “what”, “when”, “where” of protected hydrothermal vents worldwide and underscores recognition of the importance of hydrothermal-vent ecosystems by coastal States.

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Aquaculture, Seafood, and Food Security

OA: Grebe, G. S., Byron, C. J., Gelais, A. St., Kotowicz, D. M. & Olson, T. K. An ecosystem approach to kelp aquaculture in the Americas and Europe. Aquaculture Reports 15, 100215 (2019).

OA: Nekouei, O. et al. Comparison of infectious agents detected from hatchery and wild juvenile Coho salmon in British Columbia, 2008-2018. PLOS ONE 14, e0221956 (2019).

Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Ocean Warming

OA: Cominassi, L. et al. Combined effects of ocean acidification and temperature on larval and juvenile growth, development and swimming performance of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). PLOS ONE 14, e0221283 (2019).

OA: Pershing, A. J. et al. Challenges to natural and human communities from surprising ocean temperatures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116, 18378 - 18383 (2019).

Conservation Targets & Planning

OA: Rose, D. Christian et al. Calling for a new agenda for conservation science to create evidence-informed policy. Biological Conservation 238, 108222 (2019).


OA: Williams, I. D. et al. Can Herbivore Management Increase the Persistence of Indo-Pacific Coral Reefs?. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Deep-sea ecosystems and hydrothermal vents

OA: Menini, E. & Van Dover, C. Lee. An atlas of protected hydrothermal vents. Marine Policy 108, 103654 (2019).

Ecosystem Services and Uses

OA: Menéndez, P., Losada, I. J., Torres-Ortega, S., Toimil, A. & Beck, M. W. Assessing the effects of using high-quality data and high-resolution models in valuing flood protection services of mangroves. PLOS ONE 14, e0220941 (2019).

Ecosystem-based Management (EBM)

OA: Schmidt, J. O. et al. Future Ocean Observations to Connect Climate, Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Invasive Species

OA: Papacostas, K. J. & Freestone, A. L. Multi-trophic native and non-native prey naïveté shape marine invasion success. PLOS ONE 14, e0221969 (2019).

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

OA: Fan, X. et al. Ecological quality dynamics around marine reserves in the Bohai Sea coastal zone and their relationship with landscape artificialization. Global Ecology and Conservation 20, e00778 (2019).

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

OA: Murray, S. & Hee, T. T. A rising tide: California's ongoing commitment to monitoring, managing and enforcing its marine protected areas. Ocean & Coastal Management 104920 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2019.104920

Pollution and Marine Debris

OA: Weis, J. S. Improving microplastic research. AIMS Environmental Science 6, 326 - 340 (2019).

Remote Sensing and GIS

OA: Minnett, P. J. et al. Half a century of satellite remote sensing of sea-surface temperature. Remote Sensing of Environment 233, 111366 (2019).