New technologies to revolutionize sustainable fishing in the digital age: EDF’s Smart Boat Initiative

For the week of 08 July 2019

Please join us Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on New technologies to revolutionize sustainable fishing in the digital age: EDF’s Smart Boat Initiative with Katie Westfall and Rod Fujita of EDF.

Description: Pioneering technologies and new platforms can turn fishing vessels into "smart boats" and redefine fishing and how we manage fisheries – leading to greater efficiency, profitability, and sustainability. This webinar will explore EDF’s vision for revolutionizing sustainable fishing in the digital age, share experiences from testing technologies on the water, and provide a glimpse into the Smart Boat Initiative’s next steps. The webinar will also offer a deeper dive into some of the resources and tools available to fisheries practitioners as part of the Smart Boat Initiative. EDF is excited to share updates and information on this exciting new initiative, and we look forward to hearing from participants about how they are using technology to solve sustainability challenges in their own fisheries.

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Catch me if you can! How anglers are changing the catchability of fish

In a somewhat mind-blowing study (at least to me, the person writing) a new study has found that the probability of a fish dying through angling is trait-based and passed on to offspring. This research goes on to show that we may need to work much harder to outsmart fish (via The Conversation).

Mussels stressed by underwater noise from ships

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Marine conservation groups press for stricter protection of right whales

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Lead pollution in Arctic ice show economic impact of wars and plagues for past 1,500 years

From 13 different ice cores taken from the Arctic researchers are able identify times of economic growth or of extreme hardships, for example the plague, through reading the lead levels in these cores (via

In other News this week

  • Extinction fears as six rare North Atlantic right whales die in space of a month (via Independent)
  • Ocean currents spin a web of interconnected fisheries around the world (via Mongabay)
  • Film that fish: Stereo-video speeds surveys of marine fish communities (via Mongabay)
  • Southern resident orcas spotted after unusual absence (via KOMO News)
  • The California coast is disappearing under the rising sea. Our choices are grim (via LA Times)
  • Ocean conservationists accuse federal fisheries regulators of defying a federal court order. (via Monterey County Weekly)
  • What orcas can teach humans about menopause and matriarchs (via Crosscut)
  • Scientists studying effects of hatchery-raised salmon on wild salmon (via KGW)
  • Why the U.N. Pact on High Seas Biodiversity Is Too Important to Fail (via World Politics Review)
  • Lack of trust muddies the water in UK fishing industry (via
  • Marine sanctuary named in Maryland with steamship remains (via Baltimore Sun)
  • Ghost fleet' of sunken warships declared a national marine sanctuary (via National Geographic)
  • Great Barrier Reef hard coral cover close to record lows (via The Guardian)
  • Vaquita habitat now listed as ‘World Heritage in Danger’ (via Mongabay)
  • This explorer helps protect millions of square miles of ocean (via National Geographic)
  • Feds Withdraw Plan to Drop Rat Poison on Farallon Islands – for Now (via KQED)

1 new Archived Webinar and 1 new Podcast this week

  • Webinar Archive: Conservation targets and how much of the world do we need to protect? Presented by Harvey Locke of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force. (
  • OCTOPOD Podcast: Life can be over-whale-ming, so let's be there for each other. Raye talks about Japan's commercial whaling program and Nick discusses two recent reports from the European Marine Board. (

1 new Blog and 9 new Conferences this week

  • Blog: Putting ourselves in each other’s shoes: Shared discovery as a pathway to empathy by Emily Knight. (
  • International Conference on Coastal Ecosystem and Management. September 16-17, 2019. Amsterdam, Netherlands. (
  • World Marine Mammal Conference. December 9-12, 2019. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. (

26 new Literature items this week

  • PLOS ONE has released, The effect of anthropogenic drivers on spatial patterns of mangrove land use on the Amazon coast (Freely Available). (
  • Ocean & Coastal Management has published, Rethinking spatial costs and benefits of fisheries in marine conservation (US $35.95). (
  • PLOS ONE has published, On the impact of Citizen Science-derived data quality on deep learning based classification in marine images (Freely Available). (
  • See the rest HERE

8 new Jobs and Fellowships this week

  • One two-year Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship will be given-out. Deadline December 20, 2019. (
  • Open position as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 (Crustacean Biologist) for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in Port Townsend, WA (
  • Work as a Program Scientist for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. (
  • See the rest HERE