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The Sunken Billions Revisited: Progress and Challenges in Global Marine Fisheries

For the week of 20 February 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

First off, I have two important announcements to make:

1) I'm pleased to say we have a new addition to the OpenChannels Team, Allie Brown. You can thank Allie for finding and sharing the bulk of the content on OpenChannels these days. If there's any information you want to be sure gets shared, please feel free to contact her at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

2) We're now including the (estimated*) costs of acquring the full-text of articles behind publisher pay-walls. In addition, we'll report at the top of each Literature Update the total cost of purchasing one copy of each paper in the issue. The total cost to purchase each pay-walled article in this issue comes to (drum-roll please...) USD $790.45. Which, you can quote Nick as saying: "this is wholly unacceptable."

*We'll say estimated because it's possible the publisher could change the price in the time between when we add the item, and we email it out here. Though, that's highly unlikely.

Now, onto the literature!

The World Bank has published a new report, The Sunken Billions Revisited: Progress and Challenges in Global Marine Fisheries. "The primary objective of this study is to reinforce the messages of the 2009 publication and to catalyze calls for accelerating and scaling up the international effort aimed at addressing the global fisheries crisis. The analysis reveals economic losses of about $83 billion in 2012, compared with the optimal global maximum economic yield equilibrium."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown

The cost and feasibility of marine coastal restoration

For the week of 13 February 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Ecological Applications has published a new paper, The cost and feasibility of marine coastal restoration. The authors performed "a synthesis of 235 studies with 954 observations from restoration or rehabilitation projects of coral reefs, seagrass, mangroves, saltmarshes, and oyster reefs worldwide, and evaluate cost, survival of restored organisms, project duration, area, and techniques applied. Findings showed that while the median and average reported costs for restoration of one hectare of marine coastal habitat were around US$80 000 (2010) and US$1 600 000 (2010), respectively, the real total costs (median) are likely to be two to four times higher."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let me know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email me directly at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Climate-Smart Design for Ecosystem Management: A Test Application for Coral Reefs

For the week of 06 February 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Environmental Management has published a new paper, Climate-Smart Design for Ecosystem Management: A Test Application for Coral Reefs. "Work presented in this paper includes: (1) examination of the climate-smart management cycle as it relates to coral reefs; (2) a compilation of adaptation strategies for coral reefs drawn from a comprehensive review of the literature; (3) in-depth demonstration of climate-smart design for place-based crafting of robust adaptation actions; and (4) feedback from stakeholders on the perceived usefulness of the approach. We conclude with a discussion of lessons-learned on integrating climate-smart design into real-world management planning processes and a call from stakeholders for an 'adaptation design tool' that is now under development."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let me know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email me directly at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Sustainable Finance Options for U.S. Marine Protected Areas

For the week of 30 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee has published a new report, Protecting Our Marine Treasures: Sustainable Finance Options for U.S. Marine Protected Areas. "In 2015, the Marine Protected Area Advisory Committee was charged with advising the Departments of Commerce and the Interior on opportunities to expand the use of external financing for [MPA] programs. This report focuses on a wide range of approaches to obtain external funding for MPAs. Although in-kind services are important, analysis of these services is beyond the scope of this report."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let me know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email me directly at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Marine Reserve Targets to Sustain and Rebuild Unregulated Fisheries

For the week of 23 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLOS Biology has published a new paper, Marine Reserve Targets to Sustain and Rebuild Unregulated Fisheries. The authors note: "We find that realistic reserve networks, which protect 10%–30% of fished habitats in 1–20 km wide reserves, should benefit the long-term productivity of almost any complex fishery. We discover a “rule of thumb” to safeguard against the long-term catch depletion of particular species: individual reserves should export 30% or more of locally produced larvae to adjacent fishing grounds."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let me know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email me directly at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Upstream solutions to coral reef conservation: The payoffs of smart and cooperative decision-making

For the week of 16 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Journal of Environmental Management has published a new paper, Upstream solutions to coral reef conservation: The payoffs of smart and cooperative decision-making. The authors "use a spatially explicit predictive model (InVEST-SDR) that quantifies change in sediment reaching the coast for evaluating the costs and benefits of alternative threat-abatement scenarios. We specifically use the model to examine trade-offs among possible agricultural road repair management actions (water bars to divert runoff and gravel to protect the road surface) across the landscape in West Maui, Hawaii, USA."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let me know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email me directly at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Targeting Abundant Fish Stocks while Avoiding Overfished Species

For the week of 09 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLOS ONE has published a new paper, Targeting Abundant Fish Stocks while Avoiding Overfished Species: Video and Fishing Surveys to Inform Management after Long-Term Fishery Closures. The authors "designed a camera system to evaluate fishes in coastal habitats and used experimental gear and fishing techniques paired with video surveys to determine if abundant species could be caught in rocky habitats with minimal catches of co-occurring rebuilding species."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let me know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email me directly at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

A Global Estimate of Seafood Consumption by Coastal Indigenous Peoples

For the weeks of 26 December 2016 & 2 January 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLOS ONE has published a new paper, A Global Estimate of Seafood Consumption by Coastal Indigenous Peoples. The authors note their "results reflect the crucial role of seafood for these communities; on average, consumption per capita is 15 times higher than non-Indigenous country populations."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let me know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email me directly at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Advances in monitoring the human dimension of natural resource systems: an example from the Great Barrier Reef

For the week of 19 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Environmental Research Letters has published a new paper, Advances in monitoring the human dimension of natural resource systems: an example from the Great Barrier Reef. This paper covers the GBR's social and economic long term monitoring program (SELTMP), which is based on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let me know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email me directly at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Happy holidays and happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services: a useful way to manage and conserve marine resources?

For the week of 12 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences has published a new paper, Valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services: a useful way to manage and conserve marine resources?The authors examined ES valuation in "the tropical Pacific, Southern Ocean and UK coastal seas" for which they recommend embedding "valuation within existing management structures, rather than treating it as an alternative or additional mechanism."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let me know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email me directly at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

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