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The long and winding road continues: Towards a new agreement on high seas governance

For the week of 21 March 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

IDDRI has published a new report, The long and winding road continues: Towards a new agreement on high seas governance. The report examines the background and current governance agreements of the high seas, as well as gaps in the current framework, positions of member states, and future challenges. The policy brief, Sea change: Negotiating a new agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, summarizes this report in four pages. You may download the full-text using the links 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

Exploring the winners and losers of marine environmental governance (and other MSP tales)

For the week of 14 March 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The journal Planning Theory & Practice has published a collection of MSP research under the lead article, Exploring the winners and losers of marine environmental governance. This collection of 10 papers includes:

  • Exploring the winners and losers of marine environmental governance
  • Marine spatial planning: Cui bono?
  • “More than fishy business”: epistemology, integration and conflict in marine spatial planning
  • Marine spatial planning: power and scaping
  • Surely not all planning is evil?
  • Marine spatial planning: a Canadian perspective
  • Maritime spatial planning – “ad utilitatem omnium”
  • Marine spatial planning: “it is better to be on the train than being hit by it”
  • Reflections from the perspective of recreational anglers and boats for hire; and
  • Maritime spatial planning and marine renewable energy

You may download 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

Integrating simultaneous prosocial and antisocial behavior into theories of collective action

For the week of 07 March 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The journal Science Advances has published Integrating simultaneous prosocial and antisocial behavior into theories of collective action. As one news publication wrote, this paper examines how "marine protected areas can create fisherman collaboration...or not." The authors write: "In MPA sites, prosocial and antisocial behavior is significantly higher, and the presence of antisocial behavior does not seem to have a negative effect on prosocial behavior. We suggest that market integration, economic diversification, and strengthened group identity in MPAs are the main potential mechanisms for the simultaneity of prosocial and antisocial behavior we observed." You may download 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

Understanding drivers, barriers and information sources for public participation in marine citizen science

For the week of 29 February 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Journal of Science Communication has published Understanding drivers, barriers and information sources for public participation in marine citizen science. "Interviews were conducted with 110 marine users to elicit their salient beliefs about recording marine species in a citizen science project. [...] Most of the people surveyed (n = 106) emphasised the importance of well-designed technological interfaces to assist their data collection, without which they would be unlikely to engage in the project." You may download 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

The Challenge of Planning Conservation Strategies in Threatened Seascapes

For the week of 22 February 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLOS ONE has published The Challenge of Planning Conservation Strategies in Threatened Seascapes: Understanding the Role of Fine Scale Assessments of Community Response to Cumulative Human Pressures. The authors carried out "a fine scale assessment of the potential effects of different combinations of stressors (both land- and marine-based) on vulnerable rocky habitats [...] along 40 km of coast in the western Mediterranean" with many human and conservation uses. The authors note, "our findings suggest that, although efforts to assess cumulative impacts at large scale may help in individuating priority areas for conservation purposes, the fact that such evaluations are often based on expert opinions and not on actual studies limits their ability to represent real environmental conditions at local scale." You may download 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

Sustainable financing of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean: A guide for MPA managers

For the week of 15 February 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Vertigo Lab, MedPAN, RAC/SPA, and WWF have published a new report on the Sustainable financing of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean: A guide for MPA managers. "This guide aims to provide MPA managers and national authorities with tools and a step-by-step approach for the development and implementation of financial strategies. It provides useful practical knowledge for improving managers’ financial planning skills, as well as guidance on potential sources of funding which may supplement current funding, including innovative financial mechanisms." You may download 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

Testing fisher-developed alternatives to fishery management tools for community support and regulatory effectiveness

For the week of 08 February 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Marine Policy has published a new paper on the Testing fisher-developed alternatives to fishery management tools for community support and regulatory effectiveness. The authors interviewed fishers in St Croix, USVI's mutton snapper fishery. "The interview results suggest that fishers view management tools in terms of spatial and temporal parameters, and how much those regulations influence gear selection." You may access the full-text using the link above, but please note that it is only freely-available from Elsevier for a limited time.

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

Best practices for assessing ocean health in multiple contexts using tailorable frameworks

For the week of 01 February 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PeerJ has published a new paper on the Best practices for assessing ocean health in multiple contexts using tailorable frameworks. The authors write on their experiences applying the Ocean Health Index framework over 11 such assessments. 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

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

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