- Protect the Outer Continental Shelf! Last week, the president announced a plan to open up significant portions of the outer continental shelf for oil and gas exploration. Call you representative! The public comment period opens today and runs through August 17. We’ll have a template script prepped for your use this week.
- Today is the day to submit public comments to defend America’s National Monuments! More than 1 million comments have been submitted so far, and from my cursory survey, almost all of them are in favor of protecting these gems of American history and nature. Submit formal public comments on the DOI Monument Review and make your voice heard.
Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- Tangier Island. I’m still thinking a lot about the Island out of Time.
Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)
- This is too cool: Seawater is the secret to long-lasting Roman concrete.
- Researchers need your help to study dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay. You can use the Chesapeake Dolphin Watch App to report any dolphin sightings in the Bay.
- What better way to understand the dangers of plastic pollution than by traveling on a ship made out of garbage? Junk Raft: A Journey Through a Polluted Ocean.
- John Bruno shares his Depressing Summers in Belize.
- These National Parks Posters. I may have already ordered a signed “Worth Protecting” print.
- In the Deep, Dark Sea, Corals Create Their Own Sunshine.
- In Mexico, officials consider a tax on divers to help fight invasive lionfish: Money Might Not Be Enough to Stop the Lionfish Invasion. Money is definitely not going to be enough. From our friends at Hakai.
- How to fight the Trump administration’s darkness: I’m a climate scientist. And I’m not letting trickle-down ignorance win.
- Out of sight, but not out of mind: human created chemicals persist deep in the Arctic Ocean. oceanbites has the scoop.
- This is not good news. Satellite temperature data, leaned on by climate change doubters, revised sharply upward.
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Pape and friends (2017) Limited Spatial and Temporal Variability in Meiofauna and Nematode Communities at Distant but Environmentally Similar Sites in an Area of Interest for Deep-Sea Mining. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00205.
- Flechas and friends (2017) Current and predicted distribution of the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Colombia, a hotspot of amphibian biodiversity. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12457.
- Hameed and friends (2017) Incentivizing More Effective Marine Protected Areas with the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00208.
- Singleton and friends (2017) Conservation and the right to fish: International conservation NGOs and the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.06.026.
- Stuart-Smith and Jepson (2017) Persistent threats need persistent counteraction: Responding to PCB pollution in marine mammals. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.06.033.
Shipping News (academic and ocean policy wonkery)
- On Twitter, I mentioned swapping out my office chair’s clunky plastic rollers for inline skate wheels, and people really seemed to like the idea. You can find universal office chair wheel upgrades on Amazon.
- The humanity within the pages of scientific manuscripts from Deep Sea News.
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
- Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution by Marcus Eriksen
Derelicts (favorites from the deep archive)
Relive old Jacques Week classics before #JacquesWeek2017 kicks into gear. The official schedule launches later this week.
- Need a #SharkWeek Alternative? Watch classic Cousteau documentaries with us for #JacquesWeek
- #JacquesWeek 2016 Official Schedule
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