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For the week of 17 December 2018

Join us Monday, January 7, 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Status and Trends of Coral Reefs of the Pacific.

The September 2018 report, Status and Trends of Coral Reefs of the Pacific, is the first of its kind for the Pacific and is the third in a series of Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) reports dedicated to describing the status and trends of the world’s coral reefs. From nearly 20,000 surveys in 128 islands, this report reveals that Pacific reefs are changing, but local management actions can help to mitigate the effects of global change, at least in the near future. Join Serge Planes, one of the report’s authors and Director of Research at the French National Center of Scientifique Research, and the Director of France’s Laboratory of Excellence (LabEx) CORAIL, who will discuss the report, key findings, and what the results mean for improving the management of Pacific reefs.

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Next week OCTO will not be sending you a weekly update.
Happy holidays and you can look forward to your next update (for the week of December 31st) in your inbox on Friday, January 5th.

El Niño events will intensify under global warming

New evidence and modeling shows that it is now more certain that global warming will increase the amplitude and the frequency of eastern Pacific El Niño events (via Nature).

Jellyfish are not an ecological dead end

New evidence suggests that many marine animals eat jellyfish and that they may be making a large nutritional contribution to marine predator's diets. This means that we may not be paying enough attention to the human impacts on jellyfish (viaAnthropocene).

To tweet to whom – a tweeting guide for marine scientists

Social media can be helpful for increasing the download and citation rates of your scientific papers. This article offers suggestions for how to use it as a marine scientist (viaSouthern Fried Science).

As tweaked ‘Modern Fish Act’ passes Senate, some groups drop opposition

The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (S. 1520) has passed the Senate with some revisions. Some opposers have now changed positions to neutrality (via Undercurrent News).

In other News this week

  • NOAA releases 2018 Arctic Report Card (via EarthSky)
  • As Polar Bear Attacks Increase in Warming Arctic, a Search for Solutions (via Yale Environment 360)
  • Scientists warn of slow progress towards United Nations biodiversity targets (via
  • UNGA Adopts Resolution on Oceans and Seas, Stresses Their Role in 2030 Agenda (via IISD)
  • Mekong Delta needs ecosystem-based solutions to climate change (via Vietnam+)
  • Studying marine biodiversity from pole to pole (via
  • On the horizon: Looking ahead for global conservation (via
  • Scientists warn of slow progress towards United Nations biodiversity targets (via
  • Govt plans to launch 'blue economy' fund (via Bangkok post)
  • International Maritime Organization Aims to Improve Crew Safety and Help Combat Illegal Fishing (via PEW)
  • Meet the Woman Who Has Helped Rescue Thousands of Animals at SeaWorld San Diego (via Parade)
  • UCLA students aim to help island nations balance economics with ocean conservation (via UCLA Newsroom)
  • Vietnam optimistic about lifting of European yellow card as last inspection nears (via Seafood Source

3 new Grants this week

2 new conferences this week

new Blog and 3 new Podcasts this week

27 new Literature items this week

  • Ocean & Coastal Management has released, Worldwide oil and gas platform decommissioning: A review of practices and reefing options (
  • Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries has published, Characterizing and comparing marine fisheries ecosystems in the United States: determinants of success in moving toward ecosystem-based fisheries management (
  • Conservation Biology has published, Perceived barriers to and drivers of community participation in protected-area governance (

14 new Jobs this week

In addition

  • NOAA is seeking nominations for the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (