Tackling ghost gear in hot spot areas

For the week of 04 June 2018

Join us Tuesday September 18th, 1pm PST, 4pm EST / Wednesday September 19th, 6am AEST for a webinar on Tackling ghost gear in hot spot areas: How innovative partnerships are helping developing countries address lost and abandoned fishing gear by Ingrid Giskes and Joel Baziuk of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and Nick Mallos from Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas® Program. 

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative is a cross-sectoral alliance working to tackle the problem of ghost fishing gear worldwide by building evidence, catalyzing sustainable solutions, and promoting best practice. In this webinar, we will discuss new ground-breaking partnerships that we are fostering to scale-up efforts. We will also highlight some new innovative solution projects that we have rolled out in developing countries, including in Indonesia, Myanmar, and the wider South Pacific region. Finally, we will touch on the external opportunities that we see to further leverage the issue of ghost gear. This webinar complements our previous webinar Ghost Fishing Gear: The Global Problem and the Global Solution held on April 10, 2018. That webinar can be viewed at https://www.openchannels.org/webinars/2018/ghost-fishing-gear-global-problem-and-global-solution.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar182

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
– Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

India Announces 'Game-Changing' Single-Use Plastics Ban

By 2022, India aims to be totally single-use plastic free. Along with this decision, India has joined the Clean Seas campaign and sets to limit ocean littering along their coasts. Holding the second largest population in the world, this decision could mean big changes in plastic wastes. (via UN Environment)

A Grass-Roots Movement to Create Marine Protected Areas

In a daylong event called "save your breath", Pierre-Yves Cousteau with the help of tactical divers and non-profits will lead an extensive clean-up of derelict fishing gear off the coast of Santorini, Greece. He hopes this event will help lead to further awareness of the issues within the area and will encourage Greece to form a MPA. (via Oceans Deeply

Judge orders EPA to disclose any science backing up anti climate-change claims

Thanks to a FOIA request from PEER, the EPA now has until July to provide documents used to change the agency's policies arguing that climate change isn't real. The EPA originally rejected the FOIA request stating it “would require EPA to spend countless hours researching and analyzing a vast trove of material on the effect of human activity on climate change". (via Ars Technica)

Coral decline in Great Barrier Reef 'unprecedented'

The Great Barrier Reef continues to see more trouble. Undergoing major heatwaves, there has been significant losses in all sectors of the reef. The loss of viable corals will make future natural recolonization much more difficult. (via The Guardian)

In other News this week

  • High Seas Fishing Isn’t Just Destructive—It’s Unprofitable via National Geographic 
  • Oceana requests pirate fishing to be an environmental crime via FIS
  • For the Love of Cod via Hakai Magazine

10 new Literature items and 2 new Blogs this week

  • Fish and Fisheries has published Translating the terrestrial mitigation hierarchy to marine megafauna by-catch (https://oct.to/OC1406).
  • PLOS ONE has released Ocean acidification alters early successional coral reef communities and their rates of community metabolism (https://oct.to/OC1407).
  • Blog: Spencer Showalter has written Clearing the War for Salmon: the Difficult Path to Removing Dams in the Klamath Basin. (https://oct.to/OC1408).

14 new Jobs and 2 new Grants this week

  • Ecology Action Center is hiring for a Sustainable Seafood Corrdinator. Applications due June 13th. (https://oct.to/OC1409)
  • Work as a Program Specialist for the University of Southern California Sea Grant (https://oct.to/OC1410)
  • A Marine Science Integration Researcher is needed at Oregon State University / Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (https://oct.to/OC1411)
  • The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has opened entry to their Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant (https://oct.to/OC1412)