Foghorn (A Call to Action!)
- Jacques Week is coming! Have no fear. Our annual answer to Shark Week’s ocean madness will be back for a forth season!
Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- Saving the Vaquita was always about understanding human cultures and how social structures intersect with the ecosystem. Investigation reveals illegal trade cartels decimating vaquita porpoises.
- Keep beating this drum until it sinks in: Plastic Straw Bans Leave Out People With Disabilities.
- Climate change may be a boon for archaeology: Scorching Heat Wave Reveals Signs of Ancient Civilization in the UK.
Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)
- When conservation steps out of the wild and into the Anthropocene.
- Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing. Yikes.
- This week in some actual hope spots for a change:
- Yes, please. Spectacular Photos Reveal a Deep Sea Coral Garden off Northern Sicily.
- See a Giant Iceberg Fall Into the Sea.
Erasing these zero results with broad-brush claims that equalize risk across all people, all landscapes or all fish overlooks crucial differences in practices, exposures and futures that do not apply equally to everyone and everything.
- Ancient seafarers may have hunted whales around the world and Rediscovering the Forgotten Whales of the Mediterranean Sea.
- What Footage From 1980s Bike Races Can Teach Us About Climate Change.
- Pacific experts press for sustainable deep-sea mining.
- Greenland Sharks Undeterred by Shark-Repelling Hooks. To the shark’s detriment, its vacuum-like feeding technique allows it to bypass the repelling effect of magnetic fishing hooks.
- Why Florida’s Largest Lake Is Filled With Toxic Algae, Again.
- How Rats Remake Coral Reefs. By eating seabirds, the rodents weaken the flow of nutrients into the oceans, endangering coral reefs and the fish that live there.
- How first eight of 12 trapped Thai schoolboys were rescued from the cave.
- Sharks & Female Scientists: More Alike than You Think.
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Stratmann and friends (2018) Abyssal plain faunal carbon flows remain depressed 26 years after a simulated deep-sea mining disturbance. DOI: 10.5194/bg-15-4131-2018.
- Dunn and friends (2018) A strategy for the conservation of biodiversity on
mid-ocean ridges from deep-sea mining. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar4313.
- Nahuelhual and friends (2018) On super fishers and black capture: Images of illegal fishing in artisanal fisheries of southern Chile. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.06.020.
- Barton and friends (2018) Testing the AC/DC hypothesis: Rock and roll is noise pollution and weakens a trophic cascade. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4273.
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
- DC Comics Aquaman and Jabberjaw #1. Look, we all need a break from the doom and gloom that is ocean conservation in the Age of Treason. This one is a lot funnier and more thoughtful than you might expect.
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