Massively Destructive Coral Reef Damage from Giant Clam Shell Digging

For the week of 03 June 2019 

Please Join us Thursday, June 13, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Massively Destructive Coral Reef Damage from Giant Clam Shell Digging in the South China Sea: Birth, Death and Rebirth with John McManus of the University of Miami.

The South China Sea supplies approximately 15% of the world’s fish and helps support ~38 million coastal residents. Part of this production system includes more than 3,800 square kilometers of the world’s most diverse offshore coral reefs. Since 2011, many of the reef flats have been severely damaged by small boats from China digging up giant clams for the billion-dollar shell carving trade. This practice was not widely known until 2016 when negative publicity led the Chinese government to ban this activity. For the past few years, there have been only occasional reports of the practice continuing. As of 2019, however, a modified version of the practice has emerged in the Pratas Islands and Scarborough Atoll. This talk will describe the current situation and present a proposal for a peace park for the globally-unique Scarborough Atoll to help ensure its protection.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

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  • Salish Shes Podcast : Episode 10 - Seattle Maritime Academy. Raye and Beth speak with Sarah Scherer, Dean of the Seattle Maritime Academy (

1 new Grant this week

  • Grant: Cutting River Plastic Waste through the Benioff Ocean Initiative. Looking for innovative ideas to cut river plastics from reaching the ocean (

28 new Literature items this week

  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has released, Evolution of global marine fishing fleets and the response of fished resources (US $10.00). (
  • Scientific Reports has published, Designing MPAs for food security in open-access fisheries (Freely Available). (
  • Fisheries Research has published, Resilience of a commercial fishing fleet following emergency closures in the Gulf of Mexico (US $35.95). (
  • See the rest HERE

5 new Jobs this week

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