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Improving knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers to facilitate the adaptive governance of marine resources: A review of knowledge and research needs

For the week of 18 May 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Ocean and Coastal Management has published the open access paper, Improving knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers to facilitate the adaptive governance of marine resources: A review of knowledge and research needs. "This review identifies critical barriers inhibiting knowledge exchange among marine scientists and decisions-makers, such as the inaccessibility of science to decision-makers as well as institutional barriers that limit the extent to which scientists and decision-makers can prioritise knowledge exchange activities." 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

Distance from a Fishing Community Explains Fish Abundance in a No-Take Zone with Weak Compliance

For the week of 11 May 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published, Distance from a Fishing Community Explains Fish Abundance in a No-Take Zone with Weak Compliance. The authors examined a 15-year old no-take MPA in the Egyptian Red Sea which showed signs of ongoing fishing activity. It was found that increasing distance from the nearby village decreased the abundance of discarded fishing gear, and increased the abundance of exploited fish. Initial studies showed the young no-take zone was effective, however, indicating the need for ongoing monitoring and enforcement of protected areas over time.

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 Coastal Hazard Wheel system for coastal multi-hazard assessment & management in a changing climate

For the week of 04 May 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Journal of Coastal Conservation has published, The Coastal Hazard Wheel system for coastal multi-hazard assessment & management in a changing climate. The authors write: "The system is designed as a low-tech tool that can be used in areas with limited data availability and institutional capacity and is therefore especially suited for applications in developing countries." 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 detrimental consequences for seagrass of ineffective marine park management related to boat anchoring

For the week of 27 April 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Marine Pollution Bulletin has published, The detrimental consequences for seagrass of ineffective marine park management related to boat anchoring. The authors examined the effects of anchoring on Posidonia oceanica in the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park in the Mediterranean Sea. It was found that despite mooring locations, the seagrass was still damaged after tourist season. 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

Incorporating Community into Regional Ocean Planning

For the week of 20 April 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Island Institute has published a short, free report on Incorporating Community into Regional Ocean Planning. The report offers advice from the Institute's work engaging New England fisherman into the regional ocean planning process. 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

Key principles of marine ecosystem-based management

For the week of 13 April 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Marine Policy has published a new, open access title in which the authors reviewed the literature to determine the Key principles of marine ecosystem-based management. Their frequency analysis yielded 15 principles, of which the top five were: "Consider Ecosystem Connections, Appropriate Spatial & Temporal Scales, Adaptive Management, Use of Scientific Knowledge, [and] Integrated Management." You may access the full-text using the link above.

Also, IUCN's report, Protected Area Governance and Management, which launched during last November's World Parks Congress, is now available. Mobile internet users: do note that the full report is a 50+ megabyte PDF.

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

Rethinking Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: Epistemologies of Marine Conservation in South-East England

For the week of 06 April 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Journal of Environmental Law has published the open access title, Rethinking Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: Epistemologies of Marine Conservation in South-East England. The article examines fishermen's engagement with new MCZs created under the UK's Marine and Coastal Access Act of 2009. 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

Patterns and Emerging Trends in Global Ocean Health

For the week of 30 March 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published the open access title, Patterns and Emerging Trends in Global Ocean Health, in which the authors "present the second annual global assessment of the Ocean Health Index." Overall, the index for the planet increased by one point since last year. 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.

PS: For all the authors out there, approximately 40% of the OpenChannels community does not have paid access to subscription (pay-walled) journals. That roughly equates to 28,000 people to date. If just 1% of those users pay $40 to access a single paper, that's over $11,000 going to academic publishers instead of conservation. Just something to keep in mind if you want your hard work to reach the people and communities who need it most. More details to come from our latest community survey in an upcoming blog post. Stay tuned!

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Quantifying Patterns of Change in Marine Ecosystem Response to Multiple Pressures

For the week of 23 March 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published the open access title, Quantifying Patterns of Change in Marine Ecosystem Response to Multiple Pressures. The authors used random forests "to quantify the importance of four environmental and four anthropogenic pressure variables to the value of ecological indicators, and to quantify shifts in aggregate ecological indicator response along pressure gradients." In their study area, anthropogenic pressures were able to predict up to 66% of variation for an indicator, compared to 26% for the best ecological pressure. 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

Assessment of Habitat Representation across a Network of Marine Protected Areas with Implications for the Spatial Design of Monitoring

For the week of 16 March 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published the open access title, Assessment of Habitat Representation across a Network of Marine Protected Areas with Implications for the Spatial Design of Monitoring. The authors examined if the California MPA network effectively conserved various seafloor habitats. While many features were protected, others were not included in park boundaries. 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

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