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Sustainable Seafood Consumption in Action: Relevant Behaviors and their Predictors

For the weeks of 25 December - 08 January 2018

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Sustainability has published, Sustainable Seafood Consumption in Action: Relevant Behaviors and their Predictors. "Within the discussion around sustainable diets, seafood consumption is still a relatively neglected field. This article discusses relevant behaviours consumers can perform to consume seafood sustainably. The predictive power of intention, descriptive social norms, trust, awareness and pro-environmental attitudes are theoretically discussed and statistically tested across two studies in regards to (a) using sustainable seafood labels, and (b) using sustainable seafood guides. Data analysis (N1 = 309, N2 = 881 Norwegian adults) shows that intentions, social norms and trust predict seafood label use across studies. The variables predicting seafood guide use are less stable which might be due to this behaviour being performed by a very small fraction of consumers only. Causal relationships have been identified in study 2 by applying cross-lagged panel analyses between intentions, trust and social norms and seafood label use. Further causal relationships were found between intentions, trust and awareness and seafood guide use. A bidirectional relationship was confirmed between descriptive social norms and seafood guide use. Potential strategies to promote seafood label- and seafood guide use, are discussed based on these results."

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As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org (.)

You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2018-01-10. Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.

-Allie Brown and Raye Evrard

The long-term impact of maritime piracy on seafarers’ behavioral health and work decisions

For the week of 18 December 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Marine Policy has published, The long-term impact of maritime piracy on seafarers’ behavioral health and work decisions. "More than 6000 seafarers have been held hostage by pirates in the last ten years. There is a small but developing body of research showing that these seafarers may face lasting challenges in recovery. However, current studies on this question have been limited by a lack of comparison groups, a lack of statistical power, and other methodological challenges. This study contributes to this body of research through a survey of 101 former hostages and 363 seafarers not known to be exposed to piracy from India, the Philippines, and Ukraine. Using clinically validated scales for tracking lasting impact, this research finds that 25.77% of former hostages show symptoms consistent with PTSD, and that hostage experiences and other maritime traumas can have impacts on seafarer wellbeing and decisions about their career through the impact these traumas have on post-traumatic stress symptoms."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2017-12-20. Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.

OCTO has recently launched MarXiv: the free repository for ocean and marine climate research, offering access to scientific preprints and postprints, legally! If you would like to make your research freely-accessible with MarXiv, see https://www.marxivinfo.org/submission for instructions. Questions? Contact Nick Wehner at nick [at] octogroup.org

-Allie Brown and Raye Evrard

P.S. We will be taking the next two weeks off from the Literature Update for the holiday season.  You will be seeing us in your inboxes beginning January 10th, 2018! Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Year! 

How coral reef conservation and marine protected areas impact human well-being

For the week of 11 December 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia has published, How coral reef conservation and marine protected areas impact human well-being: A case study of a marine protected area and fishing communities in Central Vietnam. "This study evaluates the impacts of coral reef conservation and marine protected areas (MPAs) on the well-being of fishing communities in Central Vietnam. The Cu Lao Cham MPA is chosen as the case study. Coral reef health and four aspects of socioeconomic conditions (i.e., catch rate [also related to food security], access to the resource, employment, and income) are investigated. Data on the four different aspects were gathered from different sources. The results show that there is good evidence for how coral reef conservation can transfer the flow of benefits from the ecosystem to the local people. However, trade-offs also occur as a result of the development of tourism, including the degradation of fish resources and the environment. The managers of the MPA and the community should take into account trade-offs in resource management and should focus on appropriate MPA planning and fisheries management outside the MPA to achieve better outcomes for the local community from coral reef conservation."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2017-12-13. Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.

OCTO has recently launched MarXiv: the free repository for ocean and marine climate research, offering access to scientific preprints and postprints, legally! If you would like to make your research freely-accessible with MarXiv, see https://www.marxivinfo.org/submission for instructions. MarXiv is also searching for graduate student ambassadors. There's a $1000 award for students who wish to spread the MarXiv word, see https://www.marxivinfo.org/apply-marxiv-ambassador for more. Questions? Contact Nick Wehner at nick [at] octogroup.org

-Allie Brown and Raye Evrard

Improving our Knowledge on Small-Scale Fisheries: Data Needs and Methodologies

For the week of 4 December 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings has published, Improving our Knowledge on Small-Scale Fisheries: Data Needs and Methodologies. "This proceedings provides a summary of the presentations, discussions, conclusions and recommendations of the “Workshop on Improving our Knowledge on Small-Scale Fisheries: Data Needs and Methodologies,” held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations headquarters in Rome, Italy, in June 2017. Through the workshop, it was determined that a comprehensive new study to illuminate the hidden contributions of small-scale fisheries to the three dimensions of sustainable development, as well as identification of key threats to these contributions was needed."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2017-12-06. Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.

OCTO has recently launched MarXiv: the free repository for ocean and marine climate research, offering access to scientific preprints and postprints, legally! If you would like to make your research freely-accessible with MarXiv, see https://www.marxiv.org/submission for instructions. MarXiv is also searching for graduate student ambassadors. There's a $1000 award for students who wish to spread the MarXiv word, see https://www.marxiv.org/apply-marxiv-ambassador for more. Questions? Contact Nick at nick [at] octogroup.org

-Allie Brown and Raye Evrard

Global significance of seagrass fishery activity

For the week of 27 November 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Fish and Fisheries has published, Global significance of seagrass fishery activity. "In the coastal communities of developing countries, the importance of the nearshore seagrass fishery for livelihoods and well-being is irrefutable. In developed countries, the seagrass fishery is often recreational and/or more target species specific. Regardless of location, this study is the first to highlight collectively the indiscriminate nature and global scale of seagrass fisheries and the diversity of exploitative methods employed to extract seagrass-associated resources. Evidence presented emphasizes the need for targeted management to support continued viability of seagrass meadows as a global ecosystem service provider."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2017-11-29. Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.

OCTO has recently launched MarXiv: the free repository for ocean and marine climate research. MarXiv offers free access to scientific preprints and postprints, legally! If you would like to make your research freely-accessible with MarXiv, see https://www.marxiv.org/submission for instructions. MarXiv is also searching for graduate student ambassadors. There's a $1000 award for students who wish to spread the MarXiv word, see https://www.marxiv.org/apply-marxiv-ambassador to find out more. If you have any questions, contact Nick at nick [at] octogroup.org

-Allie Brown and Raye Evrard

Conservation Outreach Manual: Tips for Building Public Awareness

For the week of 20 November 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Nature Conservancy has published, Conservation Outreach Manual: Tips for Building Public Awareness. "This manual is intended to help marine resource managers, agencies and organizations plan impactful awareness activities. It provides an overview of key concepts in communications, with examples to guide the reader through the development and implementation of community outreach programs"

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2017-11-22. Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.

Happy reading,
-Allie Brown and Raye Evrard

Marine resource management and conservation in the Anthropocene

For the week of 13 November 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Environmental Conservation has published, Marine resource management and conservation in the Anthropocene. "Because the Anthropocene by definition is an epoch during which environmental change is largely anthropogenic and driven by social, economic, psychological and political forces, environmental social scientists can effectively analyse human behaviour and knowledge systems in this context. In this subject review, we summarize key ways in which the environmental social sciences can better inform fisheries management policy and practice and marine conservation in the Anthropocene."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2017-11-15. Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.

Happy reading,
-Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and Nick Wehner

Incorporating ecological functions in conservation decision making

For the week of 6 November 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Ecology and Evolution has published, Incorporating ecological functions in conservation decision making. "We demonstrate the benefits of this approach using fish data from Europe's second largest river, the Danube. Our results show that adding trophic information leads to a different spatial configuration of priority areas at no additional cost. This can enhance identification of priority refugia for species in the lower position of the trophic web while simultaneously identifying areas that represent a more diverse species pool."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2017-11-08. Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.

PS: We're launching MarXiv, the (free!) research repository for ocean and climate science next week! Join us for an introductory training on Making Your Research Freely-Available with MarXiv on Tuesday, November 14 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm UTC. For more information and to register, visit https://oct.to/MarXivIntro.

Happy reading,
-Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and Nick Wehner

Prior predation alters community resistance to an extreme climate disturbance

For the week of 30 October 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Ecosphere has published, Prior predation alters community resistance to an extreme climate disturbance. "Here we use replicate communities of tropical, sessile invertebrates to ask whether fish predation during initial assembly (before) and recovery (after) influences community resistance to a hurricane-level low-salinity event. Results revealed that pre-event predation determined whether communities shifted in biomass and community structure following disturbance."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2017-11-01. Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.

Happy reading,
-Allie Brown, Andrew Lewin, and Nick Wehner

Spatial management in small-scale fisheries: A potential approach for climate change adaptation in Pacific Islands

For the week of 23 October 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Important notice! This is the last Literature Update that will include non-free (i.e. pay-walled) articles. Starting with next week's Update, we will only include literature items that are free for everyone to read permanently. We will, however, continue to add pay-walled literature to the OpenChannels Literature Library. You can either periodically check the Literature Library yourself for all our content, or you can subscribe to email notifications of new Literature items.

As we mentioned before, abstracts of pay-walled articles are read (by you all) about 50% less than abstracts of freely-available articles. And on top of that, only about half of you all reading the abstracts of pay-walled articles go on to access the full-text, whereas about 95% of you access the full-text of freely-available articles. Shorter newsletters from us are also more likely to reach your inboxes. In short, spending limited resources to send articles that 95% of you read is much better than spending those same resources sending out articles that only 25% of you read.

If you have any questions, please contact Nick at nick [at] octogroup.org. With that, onto the literature!

Marine Policy has published, Spatial management in small-scale fisheries: A potential approach for climate change adaptation in Pacific Islands. "Spatial management has the potential to foster small-scale fisheries adaptation to climate change, however, in the face of such a global and transboundary phenomenon, management strategies will need to be carefully designed and implemented. First, key considerations for climate-informed spatial management in small-scale fisheries were identified. Second, these key considerations were illustrated in two selected case studies in Pacific Island countries and territories (i.e. Fiji and Papua New Guinea). Finally, the challenges associated with spatial management in a changing climate are discussed and ways forward for advancing this type of management as a climate adaptation approach for small-scale fisheries in the Pacific and beyond are proposed."

As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $283.05.

Happy reading,
-Allie Brown, Andrew Lewin, and Nick Wehner

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