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Sharing the MPA energy from IMPAC4: Highlights and recommendations from the conference

For the week of 16 October 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, November 2 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Sharing the MPA energy from IMPAC4: Highlights and recommendations from the conference.

Over 1,100 people from 59 countries attended the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in Chile in September 2017. Join us to learn about what happened, including major themes, accomplishments, messages, and next steps. Speakers will include:

  • Lauren Wenzel, Director, National MPA Center, NOAA
  • Dan Laffoley, Marine Vice Chair, World Commission on Protected Areas, IUCN
  • Gonzalo Cid, International Coordinator, National MPA Center, NOAA
  • Other key players TBA.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar151.

P.S.: We're consolidating our social media presences. @OpenChannelsOrg and @MarineDebInfo are now @OpenOCTO on Twitter. Follow all of OCTO's projects (OpenChannels, MarineDebris.Info, MPA News, MEAM, and more!) at @OpenOCTO.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Andrew Lewin, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Making Your Research Freely-Available with MarXiv: The repository for ocean-conservation and marine-climate research

For the week of 9 October 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday, November 14 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Making Your Research Freely-Available with MarXiv: The (free!) research repository for ocean-conservation and marine-climate science.

This webinar will be presented Nick Wehner, Project Director of MarXiv and Director of Open Initiatives at OCTO (who finds it odd writing about himself in the third-person).

MarXiv offers a way to increase access to pay-walled academic literature in a legal manner. An author who retains copyright on their submitted manuscript, known colloquially as a preprint, may upload the manuscript to MarXiv. Anyone may then download and read the preprint free of charge, legally, forever. No more time wasted begging the author for a copy, and no need to "pirate" the research in a not-so-legal manner. MarXiv accepts preprints, reports, conference proceedings, and Open Access publications — ensuring your work has a DOI and a long-term archive.

Join us for a tour of MarXiv. Nick will explain what preprints are, how you can tell when/if you can share your preprint on MarXiv, and explain ways the MarXiv Team will promote your research — including summarizing preprints for managers and policymakers.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/MarXivIntro.

P.S.: Don't forget about the Tipping Points: Resources and Guidance for Managing a Changing Ocean webinar on Thursday. More info on that is at https://oct.to/OCWebinar150.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Tipping Points: Resources and Guidance for Managing a Changing Ocean

For the week of 2 October 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, October 19 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Tipping Points: Resources and Guidance for Managing a Changing Ocean.

This webinar will be presented by Carrie Kappel (NCEAS), Jack Kittinger (Conservation International), and Jameal Samhouri (NOAA). Ashley Erickson (Center for Ocean Solutions) will be moderating this webinar.

Crossing an ecosystem tipping point creates dramatic change. From collapsed fisheries and coastal dead zones, to melting sea ice and dying coral reefs, the consequences are often devastating to both the environment and the people who depend on it. For managers of marine ecosystems, it is critical to identify, understand, and predict ocean tipping points because they change the ecological rules of the game. This webinar will share results of the Ocean Tipping Points project, highlighting the tools and resources developed by project collaborators to help managers use tipping points science to make more effective decisions in the face of ocean change. Panelists will explore the next frontiers for the science and management of ocean tipping points and engage the audience in discussion.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar150.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Thursday: Webinar on Product Circularity and the Hidden Economic Opportunities of Discarded Fishing Nets & Ropes

For the week of 25 September 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, October 5 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Product Circularity and the Hidden Economic Opportunities of Discarded Fishing Nets and Ropes, presented by Martin Charter, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design of the University for the Creative Arts.

Circular economies aim to minimize resource inputs, emissions, and energy leakage by designing long-lasting products; maintaining, repairing, and reusing them; and recycling them at the end of their useful life. This is in contrast to traditional linear economies utilizing 'take, make, dispose' models of production. The talk will provide guidance on how organizations can implement circular economy principles related to products, processes, and business models. It will also introduce the Circular Ocean project which pursues innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste arising from waste fishing nets and ropes (FNRs). Issues related to waste FNRs, existing products that utilize FNRs, and potential new business models for waste FNRs will be presented.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar149.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Thursday: Trends & Lessons from 5 years of the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge

For the week of 18 September 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, September 28 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Accelerating the solutions to ocean plastic: Trends and lessons from five years of the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge, presented by Anne Warner, Innovation Program Manager at Think Beyond Plastic.

Think Beyond Plastic is an innovation accelerator advancing the transition toward bio-based, bio-benign alternatives to conventional plastics. Since 2012, the organization has run an annual innovation challenge for new materials, consumer and business products and cloud-based services all reducing plastic pollution, and an affiliated incubator for 10-20 selected startups each year. This year’s Innovation Challenge, the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge whose deadline for entries is 6 October 2017, is co-managed by UN Environment.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar148.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

P.S.: MARE is now OCTO – if you need to reach Nick, he's now at nick [at] octogroup.org. Allie is still at abrown [at] openchannels.org.

Wednesday: Webinar on A General Approach and Tool to Evaluate the Effectiveness of No-Take Marine Reserves

For the week of 11 September 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Wednesday, September 20 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on A General Approach and Tool to Evaluate the Effectiveness of No-Take Marine Reserves, presented by Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez, Caio Faro, Melaina Wright, and Jael Martínez of UCSB.

The benefits of no-take marine reserves - where all extractive activities are off-limits - are well known. While previous works provide a set of indicators to evaluate the performance of marine protected areas, they do not provide guidelines to analyze them nor a user-friendly tool to conduct the evaluation. Over the last year, students from The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California Santa Barbara collaborated with the Mexican NGO Comunidad y Biodiversidad to provide managers and fishers with tools to evaluate marine reserves taking into account biophysical, socioeconomic, and governance dimensions. An open-source web application called MAREA (Marine Reserve Evaluation App), which automates the evaluation and produces a color-coded scorecard and a technical report was developed from this collaboration. This webinar will cover our general approach for identifying the objectives of a reserve and matching them with proper indicators, describe the analysis that can be performed, and do a demonstration of MAREA.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar147.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Thursday: Satellite Tracking Sharks and Fishing Vessels to Assess a Remote MPA

For the week of 4 September 2017

Letter from the Editor

Join us Thursday, September 14 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Satellite Tracking Sharks and Fishing Vessels to Assess a Remote MPA, presented by Tim White of Stanford University.

Large marine protected areas (MPAs) have recently been established throughout the world at an unprecedented pace, yet the value of these reserves for mobile species conservation remains uncertain. This webinar will describe how recent advances in satellite technology and big data analytics have improved our ability to observe and understand the benefits of large MPAs. As a primary case study, the webinar will outline recent efforts to track fishing vessels and reef sharks within the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, a U.S.-administered protected area in the central Pacific Ocean.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar146.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Next week: 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) Live-Blog

For the week of 28 August 2017

Letter from the Editor

MPA News Editor, John Davis, will be live-blogging throughout IMPAC4 next week. Follow along for important MPA-related news and information at https://oct.to/IMPAC4.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Tuesday: Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework

For the week of 21 August 2017

Letter from the Editor

Kathy Goodin of NatureServe will be presenting a webinar with us this coming Tuesday (29 August) on the Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework. For more information and to register, visit https://oct.to/OC871.

Also, the Ocean Tipping Points Community of Practice is hosting an all-expenses-paid workshop on Ocean Tipping Points in Santa Barbara, California from 1-3 November 2017. For more information on this fantastic opportunity, see https://oct.to/OC872.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Accelerating the solutions to ocean plastic: Trends & lessons from 5 years of the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge

For the week of 14 August 2017

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the latest version of the OpenChannels Weekly Update!

We are trialing a new summary-driven format to give you a brief introduction to the deluge of ocean management and conservation-related news being shared on OpenChannels.org each week.

In addition to adding these new summaries, we're also giving research-related news its own section. Any news based on primary academic research will now be grouped under the Literaturecategory below. You can find the literature linked in the Related Content section of these news posts.

As always, we would love your feedback on the new format. Love it, hate it, or just feeling "uh" about it – let us know! Nick is all ears (or, well, eyes, since this is email after all) at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
- Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

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