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MPA Effects on Fish Assemblages

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Large-Scale Assessment of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Effects on Fish Assemblages is a new open access article from PLoS ONE. The authors found significantly higher fish biomass within well-enforced no-take MPAs, compared to only partially-protected and fished areas. You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager


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Climate change and human impacts

Free: Planning for offshore CO2 storage: Law and policy in the United Kingdom. Ben Milligan. Marine Policy, Volume 48, September 2014, Pages 162–171.

Assessing the Contribution of Marine Protected Areas to the Trophic Functioning of Ecosystems: A Model for the Banc d’Arguin and the Mauritanian Shelf

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Assessing the Contribution of Marine Protected Areas to the Trophic Functioning of Ecosystems: A Model for the Banc d’Arguin and the Mauritanian Shelf comes to us from PLoS ONE. The authors used food web models to look at the effects of MPAs on the ecosystem, using Ecopath with Ecoism. Results indicated the MPAs were contributing a large proportion (up to 50% of the catch of coastal fish) of production to the ecosystem. You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

Effects of offshore wind farms on marine wildlife: a generalized impact assessment

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Environmental Research Letters has published, Effects of offshore wind farms on marine wildlife—a generalized impact assessment. The study examines coastal areas in Sweden over a wide gradient of salinity, and found the greatest impacts were likely to occur during a project's construction. You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

Depth Refuge and the Impacts of SCUBA Spearfishing on Coral Reef Fishes

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New from PLOS ONE comes, Depth Refuge and the Impacts of SCUBA Spearfishing on Coral Reef Fishes, in which the authors recommend bans on SCUBA spearfishing to promote recovery of reef fishes. In comparing two localities, one where SCUBA spearfishing was allowed and the other where the practice was banned, the study found smaller fish on average in the area where SCUBA spearfishing was allowed. In addition, SCUBA spearfishing altered the diversity of assemblages of fishes in the area.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

The Influence of Fisher Knowledge on the Susceptibility of Reef Fish Aggregations to Fishing

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New from PLoS ONE comes, The Influence of Fisher Knowledge on the Susceptibility of Reef Fish Aggregations to Fishing, which examines the societal differences between fishers whom have knowledge of predictable aggregating hotspots of exploitable species. The authors examined two locations in Papua New Guinea for this work. For full details, you may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Perceptions and Fisheries Management

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There is not one, but three articles I'd like to highlight this week, all on fisheries management. The first, Perceptions of Rule-Breaking Related to Marine Ecosystem Health, reveals that educating users about how management rules can improve ecosystem health and functioning could lead to decreased rule-breaking. Time preferences and the management of coral reef fisheries examines the effects of future payments and time biases on fishers and divers for management of marine resources. Lastly, Reflections on the success of traditional fisheries management argues that fisheries management can (and does) work. Yay for optimism!

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Identifying Modeled Ship Noise Hotspots for Marine Mammals of Canada's Pacific Region

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From PLoS ONE comes, Identifying Modeled Ship Noise Hotspots for Marine Mammals of Canada's Pacific Region, in which the authors created "hotspot" maps of areas where ship noise would have strong impacts on marine life. Waters between the ports of Seattle and Vancouver were especially noisy, impacting all species examined by the study. You may download the full-text PDF using the link below for all the cacophonous details.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Reinventing residual reserves in the sea: are we favouring ease of establishment over need for protection?

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From Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems comes, Reinventing residual reserves in the sea: are we favouring ease of establishment over need for protection? In this paper, the authors examined MPAs in Australia and found that MPAs were generally sited in areas with minimal industry activity, not for the best conservation impact. We'll be having a live Q&A with the lead author of this paper, Rodolphe Devillers, in the coming weeks. Full details will be announced to MPA List when they are available and on the OpenChannels homepage.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Stakeholder participation toolkit for identification, designation and management of marine protected areas

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The IUCN, UNEP, and others have published a new report, Stakeholder participation toolkit for identification, designation and management of marine protected areas. The report examines the MedMPAnet project - the Regional Project for the Development of a Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Protected Areas Network. You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Ocean Warming, More than Acidification, Reduces Shell Strength in a Commercial Shellfish Species during Food Limitation

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New from PLoS ONE comes, Ocean Warming, More than Acidification, Reduces Shell Strength in a Commercial Shellfish Species during Food Limitation. The authors examined the effects of warming and OA on Mytilus edulis and found that after 6 months, warming of their habitat was more of a factor in reducing shell strength that OA. You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

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