Between September 4 and 8, 2017, the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IMPAC 4, was hosted in Chile. The purpose of IMPAC 4 was to integrate and connect relevant actors across the oceans for MPA development.
Nereus Director of Science William Cheung has won the Prix d’ Excellence Award by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The Prix d’Excellence is awarded every three years for a high level of achievement in marine sciences work through research, scientific leadership and scientific policy leadership.
The Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) held an Intercessional Meeting, from August 22 to 24 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii, for negotiations for the conservation and management of highly migratory fish stocks. Nereus Principal Investigator Quentin Hanich (University of Wollongong) was in attendance with new Nereus Fellow Katy Seto, who joined the Nereus network in September 2017 after completing her doctoral degree at University of California at Berkeley.
Nereus Alumnus Natasha Henschke (Princeton University) is currently at sea on the RV Investigator, sailing off the East Australian coast. She is working as the deputy chief scientist, helping to collect data that will allow, for the first time, the relationship between open ocean production and coastal fisheries off south eastern Australia to be established. The voyage will be used to study the Tasman Sea ecosystem and examine the link between plankton and fisheries in the region.
As part of the 2016 International Marine Conservation Congress, in St John’s, Newfoundland, new Nereus Fellow at Stanford Julia Mason shared her story about beginning her career in science and the realizations she had. She discusses the disconnect between fisheries science and the management of the fisheries on the ground and the importance of building relationships.
Hanson Hosein discusses creative outputs and content and how it’s changing in the year 2017 at a CreativeMornings talk in Seattle on September 8. He was the September speaker on the topic of “compassion”.
Nereus Program Fellow Becca Selden (Rutgers University) helped plan and execute a symposium on “Marine Species on the Move” at the American Fisheries Society’s 147th Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida from August 20 to 24, 2017.
From August 22 to 23, Tiff-Annie Kenny, Oai Li Chen and Yoshitaka Ota held a workshop on seafood, public health and equity at the University of Washington. The workshop is set to advance knowledge regarding the role of seafood nutrition in human health.
Compared to historical times, there has been an increase in the frequency of reportings of jellyfish sightings in coastal waters. Based on a few regional case studies, many have gathered that jellyfish population sizes are exploding due to warming waters. However, there are not a lot of datasets to support this. Natasha Henschke addressed this topic in her research completed during her fellowship with the Nereus Program.
POLICY BRIEF: Deep, distant and dynamic: critical considerations for incorporating the open-ocean into a new BBNJ treaty
To ensure a robust new International Legally Binding Instrument (ILBI) for the high seas, adequate attention will need to be placed on how the governance structures can address both fragile, static deep-sea ecosystems and immense, highly dynamic open-ocean ecosystems. In this policy brief we provide examples of open-ocean ecosystems, their importance to coastal States, and considerations of how to ensure the robust conservation and sustainable use of dynamic pelagic systems and biological diversity under a new ILBI.