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Equity in science: advocating for a triple-blind review system

Authors: Stephanie Brodie, André Frainer, Maria Pennino, Shan Jiang, Laura Kaikkonen, Jon Lopez, Kelly Ortega Cisneros, Carl Peters, Samiya Selim and Natasa Vaidianu We propose ‘triple-blind review’ for peer-reviewed journals – a process that keeps author identities and affiliations blind to manuscript editors until after first appraisal. This perspective highlights how triple-blind review could be…

Global Connectivity of Southern Ocean Ecosystems

Southern Ocean ecosystems are often seen as largely separate from the rest of the global system. In this paper, we consider the degree of ecological connectivity at different trophic levels, linking Southern Ocean ecosystems with the global ocean, and their importance not only for the regional ecosystem but also the wider Earth system. We find…

Opportunity for Early Career Scientists to join ESSAS Steering Committee

If you are interested in the impacts of climate change on high-latitude marine ecosystems, this is your opportunity to help shape the future of the Ecosystem Studies of the Subarctic and Arctic Seas (ESSAS) program. ESSAS is a regional programme under IMBeR and is inviting nominations for an Early Career Scientist (within 6 years of…

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…

New IMBeR endorsed project: CREPSUM – Collaborative Research and Education Project in Southeast Asia for Sustainable Use of Marine Ecosystems

IMBeR is delighted to announce its latest endorsed project: CREPSUM – Collaborative Research and Education Project in Southeast Asia for Sustainable Use of Marine Ecosystems. CREPSUM is a three-year project coordinated by Prof. Hiroaki SAITO at the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of…

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…