Fish Parasites Are on the Rise

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For the week of 31 December 2018

Join us Thursday, January 10, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC for a webinar on Unmanned Systems (UxS): Transforming How We Study and Manage the Marine Environment.

Presented by: John McDonough of NOAA.

Unmanned Systems (UxS) are transforming how we study and manage the marine environment. This presentation will provide an overview of unmanned aerial systems, unmanned surface vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, buoyancy gliders, and remotely operated vehicles. Emphasis will be placed on their contributions to establishing and managing marine protected areas.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe). 

To register, visit:

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

Under fire, Japan joins whalers Iceland and Norway

Japan has announced it will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whale hunting in July, drawing criticism and disappointment from many (via World Bulletin).

Forget sharks... here's why you are more likely to be injured by litter at the beach

Beach litter, including broken glass, rusted metal, sanitary and medical waste, and more, is an ever-growing safety hazard we may not be as aware of as we need to be (

Fish Parasites Are on the Rise

New research shows an increase in the numbers of parasites in fish over time. This affects fish health and might increase the risk of eating uncooked seafood. Causes could include human impacts and environmental changes (via Hakai Magazine).

2018’s top 10 ocean news stories (commentary)

Single-use plastics are being banned, more marine parks are in place though they may not be high quality, the Arctic is changing, treaties are being negotiated, and more (via Mongabay).

In other News this week

  • Sharpening our focus on MPAs for 2020 and beyond: The emerging consensus on what is and is not an MPA, and the key types of MPAs (via MPA News and OCTO)
  • Seagrass saves beaches and money (via
  • China seizes totoaba swim bladders worth $26 million, arrests 16 (via Mongabay)
  • The Stories Whale Lice Tell (via Hakai Magazine)
  • A new, escape-proof fish cage for a lice-free salmon farm (via
  • The Government Shutdown Has Stalled Trump’s Plan to Drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (via Earther)

new Conferences this week

1 new Podcast and 1 New Grant this week

34 new Literature items this week

  • Science Communication has released, Exploring the “Evil Twin of Global Warming”: Public Understanding of Ocean Acidification in the United States ($36) (
  • Journal of Environmental Management has published, The future of resilience-based management in coral reef ecosystems (Freely Available) (
  • Marine Pollution Bulletin has published, A novel GIS-based tool for predicting coastal litter accumulation and optimising coastal cleanup actions ($39.95) (
  • See the rest HERE

11 new Jobs this week

  • Work as a Fisheries Scientist for Oceana on the Philippines team. (
  • Apply to be a Coastal Science Program Manager with The Nature Conservancy. Located in Nassawadox, Virginia. (
  • World Fish needs an Aquaculture Specialist. Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (
  • See the rest HERE