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Decision tools for coral reef managers & Learning from the California South Coast MLPA Initiative

For the week of 25 January 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Global Ecology and Conservation has published a new paper on Decision tools for coral reef managers: Using participatory decision support to integrate potential climate impacts and informed decision making. The auothrs conducted "a needs assessment survey with coral reef and marine resource managers to identify data needs and the preferred design and delivery of climate information" and investigated "prototype decision support tools." You may access the full-text using the link above.

There's also an interesting paper out on Creating Stable Agreements in Marine Policy: Learning from the California South Coast Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, from Negotiation Journal.

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

Using ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) to implement marine spatial planning

For the week of 18 January 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Ocean & Coastal Management has published a new paper on Using ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) to implement marine spatial planning. The auothrs propose an "adaptive hierarchical process [which] encourages early implementation of MSP/EBM using available scientific knowledge and governance and supports the gradual progress to more complex and information rich structures as needed and appropriate. The EBSA process provides a sound basis for developing the scientific advice to support national and international management of the world's oceans by identifying marine systems and the criteria for which they are valued by regional experts." 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

Conflict in Protected Areas: Who Says Co-Management Does Not Work?

For the week of 11 January 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLOS ONE has published a new paper on Conflict in Protected Areas: Who Says Co-Management Does Not Work? "Interviews with 584 residents from ten protected areas in Colombia revealed that co-management can be successful in reducing conflict at grassroots level, as long as some critical enabling conditions, such as effective participation in the co-management process, are fulfilled not only on paper but also by praxis. We hope these findings will re-incentivize global efforts to make co-management work in protected areas and other common pool resource contexts, such as fisheries, agriculture, forestry and water management." 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

Quiet(er) marine protected areas

For the weeks of 28 December 2015 & 04 January 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Marine Pollution Bulletin has published a new paper on Quiet(er) marine protected areas. "This study introduces the concept of 'opportunity sites' — important habitats that experience low ship noise. Working with existing patterns in ocean noise and animal distribution will facilitate conservation gains while minimizing societal costs, by identifying opportunities to protect important wildlife habitats that happen to be quiet." 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

Options for Cooperation between Commercial Fishing and Offshore Wind Energy Industries: A Review of Relevant Tools and Best Practices

For the week of 21 December 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

SeaPlan has published a new report, Options for Cooperation between Commercial Fishing and Offshore Wind Energy Industries: A Review of Relevant Tools and Best Practices. "This paper is a compilation of potential and current best practices for addressing interactions and supporting successful cooperation between commercial fishing and offshore wind interests. It is intended, generally, to contribute to the growing knowledge base on this important topic and, specifically, to serve as a resource for discussions among industry and government parties in New England." 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

PS: This is the last Literature Update of 2015 — we'll be back on the normal weekly schedule the beginning of January. Happy Holidays!

Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind: Case Studies and Lessons Learned from New England Islands

For the week of 14 December 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Island Institute has published a new report, Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind: Case Studies and Lessons Learned from New England Islands. "The report highlights key insights for designing good community engagement processes and demonstrates these best practices through case studies from Block Island (RI), Martha’s Vineyard (MA), and Monhegan (ME)." 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

Shortfalls in the global protected area network at representing marine biodiversity

For the week of 07 December 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Scientific Reports has published, Shortfalls in the global protected area network at representing marine biodiversity. The authors "assess the overlap of global MPAs with the ranges of 17,348 marine species (fishes, mammals, invertebrates), and find that 97.4% of species have <10% of their ranges represented in stricter conservation classes." 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

Squidpops: A Simple Tool to Crowdsource a Global Map of Marine Predation Intensity

For the week of 30 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published, Squidpops: A Simple Tool to Crowdsource a Global Map of Marine Predation Intensity. The authors present a method to measure predation intensity using bait tied around a plant stake. These baited stakes, which the authors call "squidpops" are inserted into the stratum of a study area, and may be monitored using GoPro cameras. 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

Levels and drivers of fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas

For the week of 23 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Ecology and Society has published, Levels and drivers of fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas. The authors studied 12 MPAs in Costa Rica to test the effects of different variables (such as partially-closed fisheries, MPA size, etc.) on fishers' compliance with MPAs. 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

Strategic management decision-making in a complex world: quantifying, understanding, and using trade-offs

For the week of 16 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

ICES Journal of Marine Science has published, Strategic management decision-making in a complex world: quantifying, understanding, and using trade-offs. The author uses case studies to illustrate "the basis for identifying management objectives and representing them mathematically using performance measures, as well as how trade-offs among management objectives have been displayed to various audiences who provide input into decision-making." 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

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