New Study Highlights Need to Tackle Fisheries and Climate Together

For the week of 29 October 2018

Join us Thursday, November 15, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC for a webinar on New Study Highlights Need to Tackle Fisheries and Climate Together with Steve Gaines and Chris Costello of UCSB and Merrick Burden of EDF.

The world’s oceans have the potential to be significantly more plentiful than today even with climate change, provided good management practices are put in place and warming is held to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, according to the first-of-its kind study. The study shows that compared to today, estimated future global outcomes include a $14 billion USD increase in profits, 25 billion additional servings of seafood, and 217 million more metric tons of fish in the sea - nearly a third more fish than exist today, if we can meet the imperative of the Paris Climate Accord and ensure global temperatures don’t rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius. Co-authors will discuss the findings and implications of the paper, as well as what is already being done by governments around the world to address climate change impacts on fisheries and people around the globe.

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Startling new research finds large buildup of heat in the oceans, suggesting a faster rate of global warming

The ocean is discovered to yearly intake 60% more heat than previously known. In previous news, the IPCC warned that the earth can only warm 1.5 degrees celsius more before serious damage occurs. Having already warmed 1 degree celsius, the ability to keep our warming to less than .5 is going to be even more difficult. If these results can be retested and are found to be reliable, it would mean that much greater action is needed to help our planet (via The Washington Post)

Amid lack of enforcement, fishermen take the fight to blast fishing

How to get people to stop harmful and dangerous but lucrative practices. Some words of advice from this article are to empower local leaders to take up action and to supply fishers with work that is equal or greater to the amount they lost through giving up blast fishing. (via Mongabay)

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds

The hardest hit populations are in freshwater ecosystems, mainly due to habitat loss. Habitat loss is the greatest factor for population destruction with another leading cause being chemical pollution. Scientists are arguing that humans are causing the next mass extinction of life on our planet. (via The Guardian)

What brought more than 1,000 octopuses to nurse their eggs in Monterey Bay?

Researcher, educators, and octopus lovers alike are in awe of the largest recorded octopus nursery. Some researchers theorize that the cracks on which the octopuses protect their eggs release fluids that help clean the eggs, heat them, or supply them with steady oxygen. That part, is still a mystery. We will have to wait and see what this area looks like once the young decide to hatch!  (via The LA Times)

In other News this week

  • The return of ‘The Blob’ ready to play havoc with Northwest weather (via Tri City Herald)
  • The Unexpected Upsides of the Hole in Fire Island (via Hakai Magazine)
  • World's top fishing nations to be given millions to protect oceans (via The Guardian)
  • Have your fish and eat it? Investors bank on ocean conservation in the Seychelles (via Times Live)
  • Study tracks severe bleaching events on a Pacific coral reef over the past century (via
  • We Have to Save the Planet. So I’m Donating One Billion Dollars. (via NY Times)
  • Application period is open for Master of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps plus a NEW website! (read more here)

1 new Podcast this week

4 new Conferences this week

  • Reef Futures 2018: A Coral Restoration and Intervention-Science Symposium. Date: Dec 10-14, 2018. Where: Key Largo, Florida. (
  • Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technologies Conference. Date: Feb 13-16, 2019. Where: Bangkok, Thailand. (

31 new Literature items this week

  • ICES Journal of Marine Science has published, Opportunities for advancing ecosystem-based management in a rapidly changing, high latitude ecosystem (
  • Science of The Total Environment has published, Exploring variability in environmental impact risk from human activities across aquatic ecosystems (
  • Scientific Reports has published, Modelling Dolphin Distribution to Inform Future Spatial Conservation Decisions in a Marine Protected Area (

26 new Jobs this week

  • PhD position: Human dimensions of marine ecosystem-based management with Bailey Lab at Dalhousie University. (
  • Become a Marine Aquaculture Science Communications Fellow for the Aquarium of the Pacific (
  • Cluster Hire for Ocean Margins Research at East Carolina University. Work in the beautiful Outer Banks, NC. (