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Assessing the Effectiveness of Local Management of Coral Reefs Using Expert Opinion and Spatial Bayesian Modeling

For the week of 24 August 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published Assessing the Effectiveness of Local Management of Coral Reefs Using Expert Opinion and Spatial Bayesian Modeling. The authors used "a combination of an expert-elicited Bayesian network (BN) and spatial environmental data to examine how hypothetical scenarios of climate change and local management would result in different outcomes for coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef." 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

From Reef to Table: Social and Ecological Factors Affecting Coral Reef Fisheries, Artisanal Seafood Supply Chains, and Seafood Security

For the week of 17 August 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published From Reef to Table: Social and Ecological Factors Affecting Coral Reef Fisheries, Artisanal Seafood Supply Chains, and Seafood Security. Jack Kittinger and co-authors examined the Kīholo Bay fishery in Hawai'i, showing the small-scale fishery provides over 30,000 meals per year. 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

Special (free) issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series on the conservation of marine ecosystem biodiversity

For the weeks of 03 & 10 August 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS) has published a special, freely-available theme issue on the economics of marine ecosystem biodiversity conservation. The titles are all included in the list below. You may also browse the list directly from MEPS at http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v530/ - look for the Theme Section in the middle of the volume.

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

Country-Level Costs vs. Benefits of Improved Fishery Management - part of the Ocean Prosperity Roadmap series

For the week of 27 July 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Country-Level Costs vs. Benefits of Improved Fishery Management, part of the Ocean Prosperity Roadmap series, has been released. The report first estimates the current cost of managing fisheries in the top fishing countries, and then uses these estimates to calculate cost-benefit valuations of improved fisheries management. 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

On the Potential of Surfers to Monitor Environmental Indicators in the Coastal Zone

For the week of 22 July 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLoS ONE has published a new paper, On the Potential of Surfers to Monitor Environmental Indicators in the Coastal Zone. The authors equipped a recreational surfer in the southwest UK with a GPS and temperature sensor to measure sea-surface temperature. They estimate upwards of 40 million measurements could be recorded per year if the UK surfing community was actively engaged in citizen science activities. 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

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

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