Fog Horn (A Call to Action)
- Abstract submission open for the 2018 International Marine Conservation Congress in Kuching, Sarawak this summer! Get your abstracts in early!
Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- This is a pretty big deal: The Year Climate Change Began to Spin Out of Control. The loop is closing fast and if we don’t break the cycle, things will get much worse much faster.
Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)
- Fish Feel Pain. Now What? New research raises big questions about humane treatment of sea life.
- The final first-of-year Bluefin Tuna auction at the Tsukiji Fish Market marks the end of an era. It sold for $323,000, far below historic highs.
- 2018 The State Of Maritime, from gCaptain.
- Buckle up, folks, we’re in for a long year: Trump Suggests We Just Drill Everywhere and Trump Seeking Biggest Offshore Drilling Increase in Decades.
- Are Excluder Devices Saving Sea Lions or Covering Up Their Deaths? A new study blames the fishing industry for the New Zealand sea lion’s decline, but some scientists have doubts.
- Because of course – New Study Shows ‘No Coral Reef on Earth Is Safe’ From Climate Change.
- This is a really nice, clean, thorough introduction to the issue: Mining and Biodiversity Protection – Efforts at International Governance.
- It wouldn’t be a Salvage without some deep-sea mining news: Nautilus seaks new director and Nautilus chairman resigns.
- Blackbeard read expedition logs from other famous voyages! Fortunately, you can read about other people’s adventures right now on OpenExplorer!
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
Kudos to Southern Fried Science senior correspondent Dr. Amy Freitag, who published a great new paper last week!
- Freitag and friends (2018) Breaking stereotypes through network analysis of the Chesapeake oyster community. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.12.023.
- Rohner and friends (2018) Satellite tagging highlights the importance of productive Mozambican coastal waters to the ecology and conservation of whale sharks. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.4161.
- Porter and Hajibabaei (2018) Scaling up: A guide to high throughput genomic approaches for biodiversity analysis. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14478.
- Hearty and Tormey (2018) Sea-level change and superstorms; geologic evidence from the last interglacial (MIS 5e) in the Bahamas and Bermuda offers ominous prospects for a warming Earth. DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2017.05.009.
- Hughes and friends (2018) Spatial and temporal patterns of mass bleaching of corals in the Anthropocene. DOI: 10.1126/science.aan8048.
If you read only one recommended paper today, make it this one:
- Hengel (2018) Publishing while female: Are women held to higher standards? Evidence from peer review. DOI: N/A.
Shipping News (academic and ocean policy wonkery)
- This is kind of a big deal (see the paper in lagan, above):
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
- Drug Pirates, Submariners, Robots, oh my! Autonomous: A Novel by Annalee Newitz is a fantastic piece of anarcho-corporate science fiction.
Derelicts (favorites from the deep archive)
- Beyond the Edge of the Plume: understanding environmental impacts of deep-sea mining.
- What happens when we punch a hole in the seafloor?
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