New Opportunities for Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses

For the week of 02 September 2019

Please join us Tuesday, September 17, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on New Opportunities for Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses with Mike Beck of the University of California at Santa Cruz

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of new research on how natural defenses can reduce coastal risk. Key new findings include: 1) the global costs of storms would double if the top 1 m of coral reefs is lost, 2) coral reefs provide $1.8 billion in annual flood protection benefits to the US alone, and 3) globally, if mangroves are lost, 39% more people would be affected by floods and property damage would increase by US$82 billion. This webinar will also show which countries (and hotspots in countries) have the most to gain in flood protection from reef conservation. We will wrap up by describing our work with the insurance industry and FEMA to show how valuation of risk reduction benefits can be used to finance reef and wetland conservation and restoration at scale. [Please note: This webinar significantly updates a May 2018 EBM Tools Network/OCTO webinar with new results and opportunities for implementation in policy and practice.]

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network)

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Researchers recorded base-line sounds in four marine protected areas around the US. These acoustics will be used to determine the future heath in these areas (via Mirage News).

Sometimes we don’t even know what we’ve lost

Knowing an ecosystem's base-line is incredibly important for scientific assessments. Knowing where in the past to find the line is even more. For Canadian salmon populations, a look further back may be needed (via Anthropocene).

You know how you fill ice-cube trays with water and then that water becomes ice when put in a freezer? That's basically what these designers are proposing, but with submarines (via CNN Style).

San Juan County studies potential protected foraging areas for Southern resident orcas

The Southern Resident Killer Whales are dying and at this point, most people know. The main reason is lack of food. Canadian and American officials hope to help that with new protected areas (via Journal of the San Juan Islands).

In other News this week

  • Ocean treaty needed to tackle 'deep trouble', says U.N. envoy (via Reuters)
  • New paper shows evidence of tuna spawning in marine protected areas (via Seafood Source)
  • Protected areas best conserve mammalian diversity when connected with corridors, biologged weasels show (via Mongabay)
  • Scientists recommend procedures for the protection of the oceans (via
  • Influencers get behind TikTok and Conservation International for #SaveOurOceans challenge (via The Drum)

1 new Archived Webinar and 3 new Podcasts this week

  • Archived Webinar: Designing and Managing MPAs for Sharks and Rays presented by Andy Cornish of WWF. (
  • OCTOPOD Interview: It's snot all lost. With Iain Kerr. Allie and Raye interview Iain Kerr of Ocean Alliance and SnotBot. (
  • OCTOPOD: Everyone is sailing except Allie. (
  • Salish Shes: Episode 13: Go-Go Geoducks! Raye and Beth speak with writer and acclaimed eater David George Gordon on the amazing Washington state native clam, the geoduck (pronouced gooey-duck)! (

3 new Conferences

40 new Literature items this week

  • PLOS ONE has released, Shark-based tourism presents opportunities for facultative dietary shift in coral reef fish (Freely Available). (
  • Marine Policy has published, Marine policy: The first four decades (US $35.95). (
  • Frontiers in Marine Science has published, Mapping Fish Chorus Distributions in Southern California Using an Autonomous Wave Glider (Freely Available). (
  • See the rest HERE

10 new Jobs this week

  • Work in the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, RACE division as a Research Fish Biologist. Two vacancies in Seattle, WA but most time spent at-sea! (
  • North Carolina Sea Grant is hiring for a Coastal Aquaculture Specialist. Apply by October 28th! (
  • Jr. Specialists needed for the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California. Great for those early-career researchers! (
  • See the rest HERE