Case Studies in Climate Adaptation in MPAs

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For the week of 28 January 2019

Join us Thursday, February 14, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC for a webinar on Case Studies in Climate Adaptation in MPAs with Sara Hutto of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Susan Guiteras of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Climate impacts are already being felt at coastal and marine protected areas, and some managers are moving beyond conducting vulnerability assessment to implementing climate adaptation actions to address climate stressors. These actions range from relatively small-scale efforts (e.g., restoring native oysters that protect shorelines) to major restoration and adaptation projects (e.g., returning tidal flow in wetlands and restoring natural barrier island geomorphology to increase resiliency to storm events). Speakers will present case studies from the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

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Microplastics cause mussels to lose their grip

A recent study found that when consistently exposed to microplastics, mussels will develop weaker grips through loss of byssal threads (via Marine Conservation Society)

The ocean is full of drifting DNA. The United States needs to collect it, researchers say

eDNA lasts for 24 hours and can be used by scientists to study what creatures visited waters without ever touching or harming an animal (via Science)

Controversial European policy bans ships from throwing unwanted fish overboard

Scientists behind the ban believe that through keeping discarding fish, fisheries will overall become more efficient and less wasteful (via Science).

Commission lifts “yellow card” from Thailand for its actions against illegal fishing

Administered in 2015, the EU "yellow-card" warned Thailand on their lack of enforcement against IUU fishing. (via European Commission)

In other News this week

  • Dan Haifley, Our Ocean Backyard: The philosophy of tide pools and our interconnected environment (via Santa Cruz Sentinel)
  • Japan to resume commercial whaling a day after leaving conservation body (via Independent)
  • Marine mammal and sea turtle populations benefitting from Endangered Species Act listing (via Mongabay)
  • The Gnawing Question of Saltwater Beavers (via Hakai Magazine)
  • First Nation sues Canadian federal government over fish farm licenses (via National Fisherman)
  • Brexit preparedness: European Commission adopts two contingency proposals to help mitigate impact of “no-deal” Brexit on EU fisheries (via European Commission)
  • Read the rest of the News HERE
  • Webinar: Using Science to Inform the CBD Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework. Register Here:
  • Survey: Quantifying Impacts of the 2018-19 Partial Federal Shutdown

1 new Podcast and 2 new Grants this week

  • OCTOPOD: A MarXiv Surprise with Sea Cucumbers Inside! (
  • Grant: 2019 Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program (REPP): Understanding Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in the Hawaiian Archipelago (

1 new Blog and 1 new Webinar this week

  • A Currents Blog: Our Future Island (
  • Webinar Recording: Not all those who wander are lost – Fishers communities’ responses to shifts in the distribution and abundance of fish resources (

19 new Literature items this week

  • PLOS ONE has released, The role of human rights in implementing socially responsible seafood (Freely Available) (
  • Elsevier has published, Human-Nature Relations in Flux: Two Decades of Research in Coastal and Ocean Management ($31.50) (
  • Frontiers in Marine Science has published, Lessons Learned From the United States Ocean Observatories Initiative (Freely Available) (
  • See the rest HERE

7 new Jobs this week

  • Become a Spills Program Enforcement Coordinator (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3) for the Washington Department of Ecology (
  • Work as a Science Communications Coordinator with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts is hiring a Manager, U.S. Oceans (
  • See the rest HERE