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Levels and drivers of fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas

For the week of 23 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Ecology and Society has published, Levels and drivers of fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas. The authors studied 12 MPAs in Costa Rica to test the effects of different variables (such as partially-closed fisheries, MPA size, etc.) on fishers' compliance with MPAs. You may access the full-text using the link above.

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

Strategic management decision-making in a complex world: quantifying, understanding, and using trade-offs

For the week of 16 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

ICES Journal of Marine Science has published, Strategic management decision-making in a complex world: quantifying, understanding, and using trade-offs. The author uses case studies to illustrate "the basis for identifying management objectives and representing them mathematically using performance measures, as well as how trade-offs among management objectives have been displayed to various audiences who provide input into decision-making." You may access the full-text using the link above.

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

How to select networks of marine protected areas for multiple species with different dispersal strategies

For the week of 09 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Diversity and Distributions has published, How to select networks of marine protected areas for multiple species with different dispersal strategies. The authors describe a conceptual framework which may be used to identify MPA networks which contain species with a variety of dispersal strategies, comparing these ideal MPAs with existing North Sea MPAs.

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

Mapping Habitats and Developing Baselines in Offshore Marine Reserves with Little Prior Knowledge: A Critical Evaluation of a New Approach

For the week of 02 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published, Mapping Habitats and Developing Baselines in Offshore Marine Reserves with Little Prior Knowledge: A Critical Evaluation of a New Approach. The authors evaluate Multibeam Echosounder mapping and Generalized Random Tessellation Stratified sampling methods for identifying benthic habitats in Australia's Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network. You may access the full-text using the link above.

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

What Happens after Conservation and Management Donors Leave? A Before and After Study

For the week of 26 October 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published, What Happens after Conservation and Management Donors Leave? A Before and After Study of Coral Reef Ecology and Stakeholder Perceptions of Management Benefits. The authors examined the management of the coral reefs of Tanga, Tanzania, which received funding from 1994-2007 to recover from dynamite fishing and other destructive practices. Of note: "the social-ecological results suggest that increased compliance with gear restrictions is largely responsible for the improvements in reef ecology." You may access the full-text using the link above.

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

The good, the bad and the ugly of marine reserves for fishery yields

For the weeks of 12 & 19 October 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Philosophical Transactions B has published, The good, the bad and the ugly of marine reserves for fishery yields. This work is included in a special issue of the journal on "Measuring the difference made by protected areas: methods, applications and implications for policy and practice." Speaking of special issues, Ocean and Coastal Management has just published one on "Making Marine Science Matter: Issues and Solutions from the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress" in which all the articles are open-access.

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

Anthropogenic debris in seafood: Plastic debris and fibers from textiles in fish and bivalves sold for human consumption

For the week of 05 October 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Scientific Reports has published, Anthropogenic debris in seafood: Plastic debris and fibers from textiles in fish and bivalves sold for human consumption. The authors sampled seafood from Indonesia and the US, finding anthropogenic debris in the digestive tracts of 28% and 25% of individual fish, respectively. You may download the full-text using the link above. There's been a lively discussion of this and other similar ongoing research over on our sister listserv, MarineDebris.Info. If you're interested in joining the conversation, signup here.

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

Assessing relative resilience potential of coral reefs to inform management

For the week of 28 September 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Biological Conservation has published, Assessing relative resilience potential of coral reefs to inform management. The authors examined examined a resilience assessment of reefs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and created criteria for identifying areas for six types of management actions. You may download the full-text using the link above.

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

Missing the safety net: evidence for inconsistent and insufficient management of at-risk marine fishes in Canada

For the week of 21 September 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences has published, Missing the safety net: evidence for inconsistent and insufficient management of at-risk marine fishes in Canada. The authors examined the effectiveness of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and the Fisheries Act which is meant to protect species not listed under SARA. The authors found "marine fish conservation is hindered by SARA’s slow pace, incomplete recovery measures, and inadequate implementation of the Fisheries Act." You may download the full-text using the link above.

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

Toward a Social Science Research Agenda for Large Marine Protected Areas

For the week of 14 September 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Conservation Letters has published, Toward a Social Science Research Agenda for Large Marine Protected Areas. "This article argues that because LMPAs exhibit unique characteristics in form, function, and/or conceptualization, they warrant a distinct social science research agenda. We outline an agenda for social science research on and for LMPAs in four related themes: scoping of human dimensions, governance, politics, and social and economic outcomes." You may download the full-text using the link above.

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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