Sargassum Watch System warns of incoming seaweed

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For the week of 04 February 2019

Join us Tuesday, March 5 for a webinar on Sargassum Watch System warns of incoming seaweed with Chuanmin Hu of the University of South Florida.

The Sargassum Watch System (SaWS) uses satellite data and numerical models to detect and track pelagic Sargassum in near-real time. Sargassum is a pelagic seaweed that floats on the ocean surface and is abundant in the Intra-Americas Sea, the Atlantic, and along the coast of Europe. In the ocean, it provides an important habitat for many marine animals. On shore, it serves as fertilizer for sand dunes and biomass for food and fuel. Excessive amounts of Sargassum on beaches in populated areas can cause problems, however. Sargassum decomposition on beaches smells bad, attracts insects, smothers turtle nesting sites, and causes fish kills, in addition to diminishing tourism. Annual Sargassum inundation events are currently occurring annually along the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean coasts. SaWS monitors Sargassum distribution and abundance in the ocean to aid the study of ocean ecology, help fisheries management, and forecast Sargassum beaching events.

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Fake fish invented in Richland will help save real fish

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Microplastics in 'every animal' in marine study

Scientists off Britain's shores found that of the 50 marine specimens they studied, all had ingested plastics. The majority of which were synthetic fibers. (via BBC)

When is a Marine Protected Area not a Marine Protected Area?

Do Marine Protected Areas work as conservation tools? The author of this articles believes, yes, they do. As long as the MPA is well implemented and managed. (via

The Great Dolphin Dilemma

This excellent article covers two opposing sides to dolphin use by the U.S. navy. What are your thoughts on this topic? (via Hakai Magazine)

In other News this week

  • Ecolabels with specific environmental claims may attract higher product prices, suggests strawberry study (via Europa)
  • Big sea, bigger data: How analytics are making peace between fishermen and turtles (via Washington Post)
  • Male killer whales hunt more than females (via
  • Scientists Weigh Quick-Response Strategy To Correct Climate Change BS — Like Trump’s (via Huffington Post)
  • Deadline Extension: Apply for MPA Federal Advisory Committee Membership. Applications due Feb.15th. More info at:
  • Want to learn more about Open Source tools? Register for this free course and webinar with Open Source MOOC.

1 new Podcast and 1 new Grant this week

1 new Blog and 1 new Webinar this week

  • Blog: How big data and team science are helping Hawai’i navigate toward sustainable oceans (
  • Webinar Recording: Can Private Investment Advance Sustainable Wild-Caught Fisheries? (

24 new Literature items this week

  • Coastal Management has released, Marine Social Science for the Peopled Seas (Freely Available on MarXiv) (
  • Marine Pollution Bulletin has published, Can plastics affect near surface layer ocean processes and climate? ($39.95) (
  • Science Advances has published, Disease epidemic and a marine heat wave are associated with the continental-scale collapse of a pivotal predator (Freely Available) (
  • See the rest HERE

15 new Jobs this week

  • Become the Aquatic Program Manager for Eastern Charlotte Waterways. Applications due March 4th. (
  • 11th Hour Racing is hiring for a Grant Program Coordinator (
  • Work as a Fishery Biologist for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. In Tampa, Florida. (
  • See the rest HERE