Learning from others: The new global conservation planning database

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For the week of 10 December 2018

Join us Join us Thursday, February 28 3 pm US EST/Noon US PST/8 pm UTC for a webinar on Learning from others: The new global conservation planning database with Jorge Álvarez-Romero, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University. 

Creating a new marine conservation or management plan? Learn what others have done in the past – build on their research and experiences and how they addressed challenges – using the new Conservation Planning Database. The database recently launched with 163 peer-reviewed papers on 155 marine systematic conservation planning exercises from around the world. The database will help planners find relevant conservation plans from all over the world including their local area, scientists study trends in conservation planning, and donors and NGOs identify regions where little conservation planning has been done. Join this webinar to learn more about the database, what it reveals about that current state of marine systematic conservation planning, how you can add to it, and how developers are planning to make it even more useful.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar212

If you would like to check out other upcoming OCTO sponsored webinars, you can find a complete list at https://oct.to/Webinars

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

Drones help map sea level rise

Scientists can now get precise measurements of coastal zones through a combination of drone use and photogrammetry, which measures depth through pictures. This low-cost method could aid in protecting coastal species and towns threatened through sea-level rise. (via phys.org)

Vessel exhaust’s impact on Southern resident killer whales

Washington State scientists are collecting scat to assess if the Southern Resident pods are ingesting harmful chemicals. Analysis of the fecal matter found Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, or PAH, a seriously harmful toxin found in oil and gas. As year-long residents, the whales are constantly exposed PAH. (via The Journal of the San Juans)

Argentina Establishes 2 Marine Protected Areas in the Patagonian Sea 

Argentina has increased its MPA coverage to 126,000 square kilometers through the creation of two new MPAs - the Yaganes, which is south of Tierra del Fuego, and the Namuncurá-Burdwood Bank II in the South Atlantic. (via National Geographic)

Warming in Arctic Raises Fears of a ‘Rapid Unraveling’ of the Region

The Arctic continues to melt at an unnerving rate. As more and more ice is loss, a looping event happens where heat rises from the now exposed water causing more ice to melt and so the story goes. Because of these events, we are all more likely to see unusual extreme weather patterns. (via NY Times)

In other News this week

  • Volunteer to be a MarXiv Ambassador today! Help accelerate ocean conservation everywhere! (More Information Here)
  • How Two New Projects Aim To Boost Texas’ Declining Oyster Population (And Why It Matters) (via Houston Public Media)
  • Sustainable aquaculture: an NGO’s point of view (via Government Europa)
  • Arctic Sea Ice Is Growing Faster Than Before, But There's A Catch (via Forbes)
  • As Climate Changes, Is Eating Raw Oysters Getting Riskier? (via NPR)

4 new Conferences and 1 new Webinar this week

  • Advances in eDNA-based Approaches to Fish Ecology and Management. 15-19 July, 2019. University of Hull, UK, (https://oct.to/OC1645)
  • 3rd WMU International Women's Conference. 4-5 April, 2019. Malmö, Sweden. (https://oct.to/OC1646)
  • Webinar Recording: Sharpening Our Focus on MPAs for 2020 and Beyond-Extended Q&A. (https://oct.to/OC1647)

3 new Blogs and 1 new Podcast

18 new Literature items this week

  • Journal for Nature Conservation has released, Assessing the Conservation Potential of Fish and Corals in Aquariums Globally (https://oct.to/OC1651).
  • Frontiers in Marine Science has published, Coral Larvae Every Day: Leptastrea purpurea, a Brooding Species That Could Accelerate Coral Research (https://oct.to/OC1652).
  • Science of The Total Environment has published, Linking biodiversity to ecosystem services supply: Patterns across aquatic ecosystems (https://oct.to/OC1653).

9 new Jobs this week