Integrating social network development into MPA management

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For the week of 30 July 2018

Join us Thursday, August 9, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Integrating social network development into MPA management capacity building and institutionalization in the Philippines and Indonesia presented by Anne Nelson and Gabrielle Johnson of NOAA

Every MPA site, region, and capacity building program is unique in structure and content, yet all programs need to build trust and community to create a locally-relevant format and framework. To contribute to the ongoing growth of the global social network of marine protected area (MPA) practitioners, the presenters will share observations from the social MPA network building that was part of recent NOAA MPA Center International Capacity Building in the Philippines and Indonesia. These programs deliver technical capacity for effective MPA management and a participatory learning framework for participants to enhance their MPA social network to support long term implementation of gained knowledge and skills. 

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Only 13% of the ocean is untouched by human activities. Though we have only physically (or remotely) explored 20% of the ocean itself, our human presence has made itself known anyway. (via Washington Post)

Industrial fisheries' expansion impacts 90 per cent of the global ocean, causes massive catch decline

Back in the day, fishing efforts were localized around participating countries and catches were higher. This has not been the case for a while. Fishing boats continue to expand their range with little improvement in catch, more accurately, boats have to spend more money to travel farther for little to no gain. (via


Brown Crabs Are Attracted to Undersea Power Cables

The electromagnetic fields emitted from seafloor power cables have been shown to cause brown crabs to lose interest in current activities and scuttle over to study the power cable itself. This could be potentially dangerous for crabs if they become too invested in the power cables and forgo necessary life activities. (via Hakai Magazine)

A mother orca’s dead calf and the grief felt around the world

As of August 2nd its been nine days. Nine long days a mother has pushed her dead calf through the San Juan Islands in Washington State. J-pod, one of the three endangered residential orca pods of the Salish Sea, is in trouble. Their numbers are dwindling through no fault of their own. Pollution and loss of food (mainly the threatened Chinook salmon) have hit these creatures hard. This loss is just the beginning. (via Seattle Times)

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28 new Literature items this week

  • Journal of Applied Ecology has published Evaluating tools for the spatial management of fisheries (
  • Current Biology has released The Location and Protection Status of Earth’s Diminishing Marine Wilderness (
  • Philosophy Compass has published Resources outside of the state: Governing the ocean and beyond (

1 new Webinar this week

  • The NOAA Digital Coast: Turning Coastal Data and Tools into Actionable Information (

8 new Jobs this week