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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

Marine Spatial Planning in Asia and the Caribbean: Application and Implications for Fisheries and Marine Resource Management

For the week of 9 March 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The journal, Desenvolvimento e Meio Ambiente, has published the English-language open access paper, Marine Spatial Planning in Asia and the Caribbean: Application and Implications for Fisheries and Marine Resource Management. The authors discuss the practical application of MSP in Asia and the Caribbean. 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

Assessing the impact of a new approach to ocean management: Evidence to date from five ocean plans

For the week of 2 March 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Marine Policy has published a new Open Access paper, Assessing the impact of a new approach to ocean management: Evidence to date from five ocean plans. The results from this paper were presented a few months ago in our webinar with the EBM Tools Network, Ocean Planning’s Impact - An economic, environmental, and social retrospective. The study examined the economic, environmental, and social impacts of five established ocean plans: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Norway’s Barents Sea, and Belgium. You may read 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

Marine regime shifts: drivers and impacts on ecosystems services

For the week of 23 February 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences has published a new Open Access paper, Marine regime shifts: drivers and impacts on ecosystems services. The authors reviewed "13 types of marine regime shifts and used networks to conduct an analysis of co-occurrence of drivers and ecosystem service impacts." 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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