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Case study on the use of participatory 3D modelling to facilitate effective contribution in the Caribbean

For the week of 16 February 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

CANARI has published a new report, a Case study on the use of participatory three-dimensional modelling to facilitate effective contribution of civil society in the Caribbean islands in planning for action on climate change. You may download the full-text using the link above.

It's nearly the third birthday of OpenChannels, which means it's time for a survey! A quick, 10-question survey, mostly "yes/no" that's as easy as pie - or birthday cake. What are we doing right? What are we doing wrong (besides bad puns)? How can we serve you more effectively? Please tell us at http://openchannels.org/surveys/feb2015. In appreciation, we are giving away an official OpenChannels canvas tote bag to one in every five survey participants. It's our way of saying, "thank you!"

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

Fishing for Space: Fine-Scale Multi-Sector Maritime Activities Influence Fisher Location Choice

For the week of 2 February 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published, Fishing for Space: Fine-Scale Multi-Sector Maritime Activities Influence Fisher Location Choice. The authors examined AIS and satellite tracking data of fishing vessels from the English and Welsh scallop-dredging fleet in the eastern English Channel to determine the effects of competing uses on fishing location choices. The real-time co-location of other ocean users (such as the mining industry, recreational users, etc.) all influenced the locations in which fishers chose to harvest. You may access the full-text using the link above. [Bonus for data heads!] Another paper not to miss is, An Operational Web-Based Indicator System for Integrated Coastal Zone Management.

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

2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan

For the week of 26 January 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The 2015 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan is now available. The report spans two volumes: volume one explains management and administration, while volume two explains the science. The plan expands on the original by adding 11 science/data priorities, identifying preliminary transmission corridors for offshore wind power generation, calling for the "formation of an Offshore Sand Task Force to provide ... recommendations for the potential use of offshore sand for beach nourishment" and, including "a proposed fee structure and accompanying guidance for the determination of mitigation fees for ocean development projects required by the Oceans Act." The full plan is available 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


Projected pH reductions by 2100 might put deep North Atlantic biodiversity at risk

For the week of 19 January 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Biogeosciences has published a new research which illustrates the complexities of conserving marine biodiversity with worsening ocean acidification. The paper, Projected pH reductions by 2100 might put deep North Atlantic biodiversity at risk, points out that "by 2100 [...] pH reductions exceeding −0.2 (−0.3) units are projected in close to 23% (~15%) of North Atlantic deep-sea canyons and ~8% (3%) of seamounts – including seamounts proposed as sites of marine protected areas. The spatial pattern of impacts reflects the depth of the pH perturbation and does not scale linearly with atmospheric CO2 concentration." 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

MPA Network Design Features that Support Resilient Human-Ocean Systems: Applications to BC, Canada

For the week of 12 January 2015

Happy New Year OpenChannels Community Members,

Simon Fraser University has published a new report on Marine Protected Area Network Design Features that Support Resilient Human-Ocean Systems: Applications to British Columbia, Canada. The "synthesis suggests the successful establishment and effective management of MPA networks depend on legitimate and effective governance arrangements that can accommodate ecological criteria while considering the perspectives and input of local resource users and stakeholders." You may download the full report 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

Derelict Fishing Line Provides a Useful Proxy for Estimating Levels of Non-Compliance with No-Take Marine Reserves

For the week of 05 January 2015

Happy New Year OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published a new paper relating to MPAs: Derelict Fishing Line Provides a Useful Proxy for Estimating Levels of Non-Compliance with No-Take Marine Reserves. The authors examined the "density estimates and re-accumulation rates of derelict (lost and abandoned) fishing line as a proxy for fishing effort" in the GBRMP to estimate levels of illegal fishing effort. You can access the full-text for free using the link above.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Encroaching Tides: How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten US East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years

For the weeks of 22 & 29 December 2014

Happy Holidays OpenChannels Community Members,

I'm including two weeks' worth of new research in one update, so this is a bit longer than normal. Included are a few reports, especially one from the Union of Concerned Scientists on sea-level rise. There's also an interesting master's paper from the University of Rhode Island utilizing a social network analysis of the state's Shellfish Management Plan. Both are free to access using the links below.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Adaptive management, international co-operation and planning for marine conservation hotspots in a changing climate

For the week of 15 December 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

New from Marine Policy comes the Open Access paper, Adaptive management, international co-operation and planning for marine conservation hotspots in a changing climate. The authors predict habitat-forming species (e.g. oyster beds) distributions under the effects of climate change, and map out these altered occurrences. The results predict future needs for international cooperation to manage Priority Marine Habitats. You can access the full-text using the link below.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Modelling the Spatial Behaviour of a Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fleet

For the week of 9 December 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

A bit more progress to report from our ongoing Literature Library improvements project: categorization tags are now active. The categories we use to sort literature in these updates is now available online on OpenChannels.org as well. Simply click a tag-link on any new literature item, and you'll see other titles which are also categorized in this manner. The new "related titles" block will also show you the five latest literature items we've added that are similarly tagged as the item you're viewing. We hope these features serve you well. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email.

New from PLoS ONE comes, Modelling the Spatial Behaviour of a Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fleet. In this Open Access paper, the authors use the Indian Ocean's tuna purse seine fishery as a case study in an examination of the fleet's spatial behavior. Through statistical modeling, they examined factors which influenced this behavior over time. You may access the full-text using the link below.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Review of Marine Spatial Planning Best Practice of Relevance to Ireland

For the week of 01 December 2014

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Marine Institute in Ireland commissioned a study on a Review of Marine Spatial Planning Best Practice of Relevance to Ireland. The author utilized a case-study analysis in this review, so results are likely applicable to many different localities. The marine spatial planning cases examined include the Baltic Sea, Canada, Germany, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Norway, the UK, and the Netherlands.

Happy reading!
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

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