Tracey Woodhouse

We may not know much about the deep sea, but do we care about mining it?

Figure above: Distribution of the respondents’ symbolic value scores for the different environments (scores greater than 0 indicate positive symbolic values). Authors: Laura Kaikkonen and Ingrid van Putten The increasing need for metals and rare earth elements is fuelling interest in deep sea mining, with fast advancing technologies now granting access to even the deepest…

Assessing South Africa’s Potential to Address Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in the Fisheries Sector

Figure above: Schematic representation of the institutional arrangements for climate change and fisheries in South Africa. The figure shows a clear delineation between stakeholders, however in reality, there is an overlap between different institutions, mandates and roles which the figure does not show. Authors: Kelly Ortega-Cisneros, Kevern L. Cochrane, Nina Rivers, and Warwick H.H. Sauer…

The missing layers: integrating sociocultural values into Marine Spatial Planning

Authors: Maria Grazia Pennino, Stephanie Brodie, André Frainer, Priscila Lopes, Jon Lopez, Kelly Ortega-Cisneros, Samiya Selim and Nataşa Văidianu Although Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a relatively new approach to ocean management, there is general consensus that it should to be implemented worldwide. Ideally, MSP should be a public process that considers human activities spatio-temporally in…

Predicting potential compliance of small-scale fishers in Brazil: The need to increase trust to achieve fisheries management goals

Image above: Graphic representation of Brazilian small-scale fishers compliance behaviour to fisheries management Authors: M.R.O. Silva, M. Grazia Pennino, and P.F.M. Lopez Many global management and conservation initiatives fail to prevent overfishing, either because they do not include local engagement, surveillance, and enforcement, and/or because they fail to provide alternatives to the short-term losses of…

The Quilt of Sustainable Ocean Governance: Patterns for Practitioners

Stephenson RL, Hobday AJ, Allison EH, Armitage D, Brooks K, Bundy A, Cvitanovic C, Dickey-Collas M, Grilli NM, Gomez C, Jarre A, Kaikkonen L, Kelly R, López R, Muhl E-K, Pennino MG, Tam JC and van Putten I (2021) The Quilt of Sustainable Ocean Governance: Patterns for Practitioners. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:630547. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.630547 Key…

Potential of ocean-based climate action

Authors: Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Phillip Williamson, Carlos Duarte and Alexandre Magnan Implementing the Paris Agreement is a formidable challenge. It requires far-reaching and unprecedented transitions in all sectors, and also large-scale use of negative emissions technologies (NETs), that is removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere by deliberate human activities. Beside mitigation, the ocean is also…

Continuous moulting by Antarctic krill drives major pulses of carbon export in the north Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean

Authors: C. Manno, S. Fielding, G. Stowasser, E.J. Murphy, S.E. Thorpe & G.A. Tarling Antarctic krill play an important role in biogeochemical cycles and can potentially generate high-particulate organic carbon (POC) fluxes to the deep ocean. They also have an unusual trait of moulting continuously throughout their life-cycle. The authors determine the krill seasonal contribution…

Five organizational features that enable successful interdisciplinary marine research

Authors: Jessica Blythe and Chris Cvitanovic The unique challenges presented by the Anthropocene to marine socio-ecological systems necessitate new approaches of knowledge production that are capable of integrating scientific disciplines to develop solutions that are desirable, equitable, and viable.  Despite increasing rhetorical support for interdisciplinary marine research, however, significant challenges associated with doing interdisciplinary research…