MEAM (Marine Ecosystems and Management) Newsletter – February 2018

Can we insure our way to healthier oceans and ocean communities? Imagine a world where municipalities proactively restore wetlands and reefs, small-scale fishers receive payouts after devastating hurricanes, and illegal fishing becomes riskier. Read about these and other insurance innovations that can benefit ocean ecosystems and coastal communities.

A new way to frame ecosystem services: Ecosystems as ‘Providers’ and ‘Protectors’. Students in the Erasmus Mundus MSP masters program recently proposed a simple yet elegant new way to frame how ecosystems offer benefits to humans in the form of ecosystem services. Learn more.

Latest News and Resources for Ocean Planners and Managers

Perspective: Radical MSP can solve social and environmental problems, not just facilitate industrialization. “Planners need to develop processes that prioritize social well-being and environmental sustainability rather than the maximization of marine GDP.” Read more ideas for radical MSP.

Wrap-up announcements from MEAM

OCTO’s MarXiv profiled in “Tear Down That Paywall: The Movement to Make Ocean Research Free for All

“Yet many marine scientists, managers, advocates and policymakers around the world – from the poorest countries and organizations but also even the richest – have struggled to access research journals for years. The traditional model of academic publishing, in which major journals, published by a small handful of companies, charge subscription fees that can cost thousands of dollars for a single publication, has long made marine research harder to use for the very on-the-ground experts and practitioners it may need to reach.”
—- Jessica Leber. Oceans Deeply. 18 January, 2018.

Read more about ways that OCTO and others are working towards making marine research available to practitioners and those who need it in this news article from Oceans Deeply. OCTO’s MarXiv (rhymes with “archive”) makes it possible to share your ocean and climate science papers, technical reports, and datasets legally and at no cost to you or users. It also provides unique DOI numbers, long-term storage, and indexing in Google Scholar. Read more about MarXiv and add papers to the repository.

Join MEAM at the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans Symposium!
MEAM is going to be reporting from the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans Symposium being held in Washington, DC, June 4-8, 2018. The forum will bring experts from around the world together to better understand climate impacts on ocean ecosystems and how to respond. We encourage MEAM readers to attend the conference and contribute to our coverage. Please let us know at if you will be attending and would be interested in contributing!

MEAM (Marine Ecosystems and Management)

Editor: Sarah Carr
Supervising Editor: John B. Davis
Contributing Editor: Tundi Agardy
Director of Open Initiatives: Nick Wehner

Chair: David Fluharty, University of Washington
Jeff Ardron, Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association
Kevern Cochrane, Rhodes University
Jon Day, James Cook University
Charles “Bud” Ehler, Ocean Visions Consulting
Ben Halpern, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Jake Rice, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Joanna Smith, TNC Canada

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