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New report from WWF - Reviving the Ocean Economy: The case for action

For the week of 13 July 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

WWF has published a new report, Reviving the Ocean Economy: The case for action. The report "analyses the ocean’s role as an economic powerhouse and outlines the threats that are moving it toward collapse." Furthermore, the report values ocean assets "to be at least US$24 trillion. If compared to the world’s top 10 economies, the ocean would rank seventh with an annual value of goods and services of US$2.5 trillion." You may download the full report 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

Factors That Can Undermine the Psychological Benefits of Coastal Environments

For the week of 06 July 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Environment and Behavior has published a new paper, Factors That Can Undermine the Psychological Benefits of Coastal Environments: Exploring the Effect of Tidal State, Presence, and Type of Litter. The authors examined the effects of both the presence and type of litter found at beaches on enjoyment of those resources. Interestingly, litter from general public use was rated more negatively than litter from fishing activities. 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

Managing effectively the world’s most iconic Marine Protected Areas - A Best Practice Guide

For the week of 29 June 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

UNESCO has published a new report, Managing effectively the world’s most iconic Marine Protected Areas: A Best Practice Guide. Authored by Fanny Douvere (stay tuned for a live "Office Hour" chat with her on this topic in September!), the Guide provides step-by-step guidance for managing World Heritage marine sites. 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


Transnational Corporations as ‘Keystone Actors’ in Marine Ecosystems

For the weeks of 15 & 22 June 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published the open access paper, Transnational Corporations as ‘Keystone Actors’ in Marine Ecosystems. The authors examine the influence of transnational fishing companies on global marine health, noting that 13 corporations alone account for up to 40% of the catch of the most valuable fishery stocks. 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

Comparing monitoring data collected by volunteers and professionals shows that citizen scientists can detect long-term change on coral reefs

For the week of 08 June 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Journal for Nature Conservation has published the open access paper, Comparing monitoring data collected by volunteers and professionals shows that citizen scientists can detect long-term change on coral reefs. The authors examined the Reef Check program from the University of Rhode Island (URI). "Overall, site-specific temporal trends revealed by the URI program were more often statistically significant than those from Reef Check (twice as often for benthic taxa, and five times as often for fish taxa), which implies greater precision of the scientists’ counts. Nonetheless, volunteers were able to detect important changes in benthic communities and so have a valuable role to play in assessing change on coral reefs." 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 .

PS: I'll be on holiday next week, so we'll be skipping next week's Literature Update. Look for the next Update on the 24th.

Happy reading,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager

Spillover Effects of a Community-Managed Marine Reserve

For the week of 01 June 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published the open access paper, Spillover Effects of a Community-Managed Marine Reserve. The authors studied a marine reserve in Northern Mozambique. "Prior to the reserve establishment, the survey sites did not differ but, after 6 years, the abundance of all fish inside the reserve has increased and caused spillover of herbivorous fish. Spillover was detected 1km beyond the limit of the reserve for small herbivorous fishes. Six years after the establishment of a community-managed reserve, the fish assemblages have changed dramatically inside the reserve, and spillover is benefiting fish assemblages outside the reserve." 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

Mental models of sea-level change: A mixed methods analysis on the Severn Estuary, UK

For the week of 25 May 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Global Environmental Change has published the open access paper, Mental models of sea-level change: A mixed methods analysis on the Severn Estuary, UK. The authors examine the knowledge-gap between scientists and stakeholders regarding the impacts of sea-level rise on the Severn Estuary. The authors noted a "high degree of consistency between expert and public understandings" however, the public were largely detached from the causes of, and responses to, sea-level rise. 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

Improving knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers to facilitate the adaptive governance of marine resources: A review of knowledge and research needs

For the week of 18 May 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Ocean and Coastal Management has published the open access paper, Improving knowledge exchange among scientists and decision-makers to facilitate the adaptive governance of marine resources: A review of knowledge and research needs. "This review identifies critical barriers inhibiting knowledge exchange among marine scientists and decisions-makers, such as the inaccessibility of science to decision-makers as well as institutional barriers that limit the extent to which scientists and decision-makers can prioritise knowledge exchange activities." 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

Distance from a Fishing Community Explains Fish Abundance in a No-Take Zone with Weak Compliance

For the week of 11 May 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published, Distance from a Fishing Community Explains Fish Abundance in a No-Take Zone with Weak Compliance. The authors examined a 15-year old no-take MPA in the Egyptian Red Sea which showed signs of ongoing fishing activity. It was found that increasing distance from the nearby village decreased the abundance of discarded fishing gear, and increased the abundance of exploited fish. Initial studies showed the young no-take zone was effective, however, indicating the need for ongoing monitoring and enforcement of protected areas over 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

The Coastal Hazard Wheel system for coastal multi-hazard assessment & management in a changing climate

For the week of 04 May 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

The Journal of Coastal Conservation has published, The Coastal Hazard Wheel system for coastal multi-hazard assessment & management in a changing climate. The authors write: "The system is designed as a low-tech tool that can be used in areas with limited data availability and institutional capacity and is therefore especially suited for applications in developing countries." 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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