Implications of climate change for managing coastal and marine protected habitats and species

For the week of 24 September 2018

Join us Thursday, October 11, 10 am EDT/7 am PDT/2 pm UTC/3 pm British Summer Time for a webinar on Implications of climate change for managing coastal and marine protected habitats and species by Paul Buckley of the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

Climate change is already affecting a wide range of marine and coastal conservation features (habitats, species, and communities). Impacts on the quality, composition and presence of these protected features presents challenges to their conservation within protected sites and their wider networks. Here we present findings from recent studies undertaken by the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) on the implications of climate change for protected features and wider marine biodiversity legislation. Case studies on the vulnerability of specific marine conservation features to climate change are presented, and potential management options explored. Broader issues for the implementation of legislation that includes coastal and marine biodiversity are discussed, including mechanisms that exist within these obligations to ‘accommodate’ impacts of climate change. Finally, wider challenges, and opportunities, for the conservation of marine species, habitats, and communities in a changing climate are explored. 

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Losing grounds: Self-report or report by force

Ray Hilborn, fisheries professor for the University of Washington, voices his concern over the current restrictions placed on fisheries. Discussing the growing power of anti-commercial fishing groups on the international scale. Hilborne ends by providing input on what fisheries must do to stay afloat - through taking advantage of technology already available. (via nationalfisherman)

MPA Training in a Nutshell: Filling data gaps through partnerships

"This recurring column, MPA Training in a Nutshell, distills advice from what is the largest and longest-running MPA management capacity training program in the world – the International MPA Capacity Building Team (IMPACT). Run by the US National MPA Center (within NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries), the program has trained thousands of MPA managers in more than 40 countries." (via MPA News)

How reliable are turtles for measuring ocean trash and marine health?

Sea turtles are widespread through-out the ocean. They are one of the most photographed, as well, when it comes to marine debris and plastic pollution. With snouts closed shut with plastic can holders, and stomachs full of debris, it seems that turtles and marine plastics almost go hand and hand. The question is how well could scientists use turtles as an indicator for ocean health? (via

Unique study of partially protected MPAs offers new insights on when they protect biodiversity and when they do not

"Most of the world’s MPAs are partially protected: they restrict some extractive activities but allow others. For planners and decision-makers – especially in regions where extractive resource use is high – partially protected MPAs can be easier to designate than no-take areas." (via MPA News)

In other News this week

  • To find the full MPA News issue visit:
  • Shell Canada allows for marine protected area (via
  • Give protected status to third of our oceans, urges Gove (via The Times)
  • What 13,000 Patents Involving the DNA of Sea Life Tell Us About the Future (via New York Times).
  • Congratulations. Your Study Went Nowhere. (via New York Times)
  • What It Takes to Guard a Giant Shark Sanctuary (via National Geographic)
  • Spare a moment and fill out an EBM survey on The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Coastal EBM site. 
  • Blog: PrimeFish starts its programme of webinars on the project outcomes (via OpenChannels)

1 new Podcast Episode and 1 new Webinar this week

  • Salish Shes Episode 2: Salish Sea Icon. Listen on Spotify, iTunes, podbean and more! (
  • Webinar Recording - Climate-driven species redistribution in marine systems by Gretta Pecl of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and Centre for Marine Socioecology in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (

2 new Conferences this week

  • Society for Conservation Biology is holding their International Congress for Conservation Biology. 21-25 July 2019, Kuala Lumpur. (
  • Interested in Citizen Science? Attend the CitSci2019 conference in Raleigh, NC. (

12 new Literature items this week

  • Acta Astronautica has published, Near and far-field hazards of asteroid impacts in oceans (
  • Marine Pollution Bulletin has published, Improving the implementation of marine monitoring in the northeast Atlantic (
  • Science of The Total Environment has released, Microplastics in the Northwestern Pacific: Abundance, distribution, and characteristics (

12 new Jobs this week

  • Become a Federal Ocean Conservation Policy Manager for the Monterey Bay Aquarium (
  • Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission needs a Fishery Scientist (Harvest Management). Apply by Oct. 16. (
  • The Georgia Aquarium is hiring for a Research Scientist. Focus on sharks! (