Fog Horn (A Call to Action)
- The EPA is seeking public input on the new administrations approach to environmental regulations. They are required to seek public input. They are required to respond to public input. Go tell them how you feel. Public comments close May 15. Here’s the docket with instructions on how to comment: Evaluation of Existing Regulations.
Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- Titanic Tourism. Like this article: To Visit Titanic Firsthand, New York Banker Dives Deep Into Wallet. I have thoughts. Oh so many thoughts.
Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)
- Deep-sea mining meets alternative energy: Renewables’ deep-sea mining conundrum. I once calculated that all the copper in Solwara 1 could make 800 1-megawatt wind turbines [note: I am not good at math].
- Two really cool expeditions coming out of Louisiana this year: Exploring Changes on the Gulf Coast and Ecology of Shallow Wood Falls. Neat!
- Begun, the crab wars have. Svalbard’s Snow Crabs: a Pincered Proxy for Arctic Oil.
- A wonderful piece on field notes and what they mean to past a future fisheries biologists from our friends at the Fisheries Blog.
- A tiny Iowa paper just won a Pulitzer Prize for tackling farm pollution. This mouse roars.
- Farm-raised superbugs find their way into kids’ noses somehow. This is fine. Every thing is fine.
oceanbites is on a roll this week!
- Marine Protected Areas need more than just a name
- Time to update the history books: the future of radionuclides in the ocean
- Public Perceptions of Aquaculture Show Lack of Ocean Literacy
I feel like these two news items might be related:
- Researchers spot 100-plus right whales in Cape Cod Bay
- Right whales suffer bleak calving season off Georgia coast
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Martin and friends (2017) ‘Doing the right thing’: How social science can help foster pro-environmental behaviour change in marine protected areas. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.04.001.
- De Smet and friends (2017) The Community Structure of Deep-Sea Macrofauna Associated with Polymetallic Nodules in the Eastern Part of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00103. [Side note, tweeting this paper prompted Appropriate Tributes to declare me the Nodule President, so I’ve got that going for me.]
- Ferrante (2017) Extinction, Mechanisms of Life, and Practice of Conservation on an Island. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12931.
- Waiti and Lorrenij (2017) Sustainable management of deep sea mineral activities: a case study of the development of national regulatory frameworks for the Republic of the Marshall Islands. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.03.025.
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
- The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America by Summer Brennan, who has a great podcast, by the way.
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