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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

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

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