Not all those who wander are lost

For the week of 08 October 2018

Join us Thursday, January 31, 11 am US EST/8 am US PST/4 pm UTC for a webinar on Not all those who wander are lost – Fishers communities’ responses to shifts in the distribution and abundance of fish resources by Eva Papaioannou of the University of Dundee and Rebecca Selden of Rutgers University.

Fish resources in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US are sensitive to the impacts of climate change, with marked shifts in species’ distribution already taking place. Fishing communities’ response strategies to change are frequently neglected within policy, compromising the effectiveness of management schemes. This presentation will describe: 1) how fishing communities in these regions are responding to changes in the abundance and distribution of major commercial species and 2) how key characteristics of the fisheries (e.g., species diversity, gear diversity, vessel mobility, quota and permitting systems, proximity to fishing grounds) and fishing communities shape their choice of response strategies (e.g., changes in fishing effort, port of landing, and target species). This presentation will draw from research on New England lobster fisheries and mid-Atlantic Bight trawl fisheries. Results from these types of studies are critical for the development of climate-ready fisheries management and community adaptation plans. 

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'Alarming' level of microplastics found in a major U.S. river

Microplastics have been a trending topic for some time, with focus mainly on oceanic microplastics and less so on freshwater ecosystems. Why is that so? Rivers are the feeding tubes of the ocean. What enters a river will, mostly likely, end up in the ocean. For the health of our oceans, it may be time to change direction slightly and take a harder look at our country’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands. (via The National Geographic)

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor

For a place like New York City having a storm surge barrier is incredibly important. That is why local NYC teacher, Pete Malinowski, started the “Billion Oyster Project” in 2008. Oysters act as a natural stormbreaker and could help protect the city from major storm events. Bringing in government officials, restaurants, local volunteers and now including over 80 different middle and high schools in the city area, the project has so far planted over 28 million oysters, well on their way to the billion oyster mark. (viaNPR)

In other News this week

  • European offshore wind giant buys US’ most successful offshore wind company (via Ars Technica)
  • Protecting marine areas seem a good idea – but they may have insidious political effects (via The Conversation)
  • Dead kittiwakes, dwindling fish and oceans of plastic: my voyage of discovery (via The Guardian)
  • BLOG: Based on the award-winning Ocean Frontiers film series, check out the Exploring Ocean Frontiers Educator Resources (read more here)
  • BLOG: Caribbean Marine Park Managers Dive into Fisheries Management (via OpenChannels)

1 new Podcast and 1 new Webinar this week

  • OCTOPOD Ep.13: Plastics are reliable, our planet is not. (
  • Webinar Recording - Implications of climate change for managing coastal and marine protected habitats and species by Paul Buckley of the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) (

5 new Conferences this week

21 new Literature items this week

  • Frontiers in Environmental Science has published, Enhancing Climate Change Research With Open Science (
  • Science of The Total Environment has published, Identifying barriers, conflict and opportunity in managing aquatic ecosystems (
  • PNAS has published, Bottom trawl fishing footprints on the world’s continental shelves (

11 new Jobs this week

  • The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation wants a Manager for their Marine Conservation program. Based in D.C. (
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has an opening for an Assistant Scientist! (
  • Become a Coastal Economics Program Specialist for South Carolina Sea Grant (