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Mapping Reef Fish and the Seascape: Using Acoustics and Spatial Modeling to Guide Coastal Management

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New from PLoS ONE comes, Mapping Reef Fish and the Seascape: Using Acoustics and Spatial Modeling to Guide Coastal Management. The authors used acoustic sensors to map the size, density, and location of reef fish in two test locations in the US Virgin Islands. You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Changes in Fish Assemblages following the Establishment of a Network of No-Take Marine Reserves and Partially-Protected Areas

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New from PLOS ONE comes, Changes in Fish Assemblages following the Establishment of a Network of No-Take Marine Reserves and Partially-Protected Areas. The authors examined both no-take and partially-protected areas for changes in fish abundance, which were 38% greater in no-take areas versus partially-protected ones. However, there were no consistent differences and thus no evidence that one type of area performed better than the other. For full details, and to download the full-text PDF for free, please use the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

An Integrated Approach Is Needed for Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management: Insights from Ecosystem-Level Management Strategy Evaluation

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An Integrated Approach Is Needed for Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management: Insights from Ecosystem-Level Management Strategy Evaluation comes to us from PLoS ONE. The authors undertook this study "as part of a stakeholder driven process to review and improve the ecological, economic and social performance of the fishery." Results suggested "an integrated management strategy, involving combinations of measures including quotas, gear controls and spatial management, performed best against a wide range of objectives and this strategy was subsequently adopted in the fishery, leading to marked improvements in performance." You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

Key Findings from Fisheries Research: Marine Protected Areas as a Fisheries Management Tool

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The NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center has published a new report, Key Findings from Fisheries Research: Marine Protected Areas as a Fisheries Management Tool. "In 2011, The MPA Center co-sponsored a special symposium on MPAs and Fisheries Management at the American Fisheries Society meeting. Many of these abstracts were published in Fisheries Research journal in 2013. This is summary of the key findings from the journal articles." You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Marine Protected Areas: Securing tenure rights of fishing communities?

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The FAO's new Land Tenure Journal published a thematic issue on fisheries tenure, including the article, Marine Protected Areas: Securing tenure rights of fishing communities? The authors examined if tenure rights (i.e. common ownership of the fishery by local people) were respected in various MPAs, and argues that such rights are human rights. You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Extended Holiday Edition

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Happy New Year from the OpenChannels Team! To celebrate, we're sending you a special Holiday Edition of the Weekly Literature Update. It's filled to the brim with all the literature we have included in the library over the holidays.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Protection Enhances Community and Habitat Stability: Evidence from a Mediterranean Marine Protected Area

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Newly published from PLOS ONE comes, Protection Enhances Community and Habitat Stability: Evidence from a Mediterranean Marine Protected Area. The authors studied an MPA for nine years, and found evidence seagrasses in the area were more resilient than those in neighboring non-protected areas. You may download the full-text PDF for free using the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Guide for Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services to Support Nearshore Management in Oregon

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Oregon State University's Sea Grant program has published a Guide for Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services to Support Nearshore Management in Oregon. "This guide offers a step-by-step “how to” on the application of specific economic methods to the evaluation of tradeoffs inherent in nearshore management decisions. Specifically, it describes a community-based approach that merges ecological and economic models to generate a survey-based tradeoff exercise that allows for a single set of marine ecosystem services to be valued by local stakeholders and measured by marine researchers, thus connecting social and environmental monitoring efforts. This guide also documents a real-world implementation of the approach in which researchers from Oregon State University examined stakeholders’ values for ecosystem services delivered by marine ecosystems in Oregon."

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Resilience, regime shifts and ecosystem services: The case of offshore wind farm installation in the German North Sea

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The Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) Newsletter features an article on Resilience, regime shifts and ecosystem services: The case of offshore wind farm installation in the German North Sea. You may download the full-text PDF for free following the link below.

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-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Modelling Coral Reef Futures to Inform Management: Can Reducing Local-Scale Stressors Conserve Reefs under Climate Change?

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PLoS ONE has published, Modelling Coral Reef Futures to Inform Management: Can Reducing Local-Scale Stressors Conserve Reefs under Climate Change? The authors modeled Bolinao, in the Philippines, and "found that management of water quality, and to a lesser extent fishing, can have a significant impact on future reef state, including coral recovery following bleaching-induced mortality." 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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