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The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management

The Skimmer is a new MEAM feature where we review the latest news and research on a particular topic. For our first Skimmer, we’re covering plastic in the ocean and its implications for management. We don’t know about you, but we can barely keep up with the dizzying array of disturbing news on ocean plastic. But since it’s our job to keep up with the news, the Skimmer is here to help out.

The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management

By Tundi Agardy, Contributing Editor, MEAM. Email: tundiagardy [at]

What we are beginning to understand about the impact that plastics have on marine life (and, by extension, all life) is a parable for how humans impact the oceans in other ways. Recent research that looks beyond the accumulation of debris and its interaction with marine life shows that the effects of plastic pollution are myriad, complex, and difficult to address.

In the News
Posted on November 1, 2017 - 3:09pm, by nwehner

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego formally announces that January 11, 2018 is the application deadline for the 2018-2019 Master of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MAS MBC). This 12-month intensive master's program is geared toward early to mid-career professionals interested in marine conservation careers.

In the News
Posted on October 26, 2017 - 12:54pm, by abrown

Scientists and resource managers are increasingly concerned that the proliferation of affordable drones can be disruptive to wildlife if not used safely, appropriately, and responsibly.  Acute or chronic disturbances can significantly impact a variety of species health and fitness by disrupting migratory patterns, breeding, feeding, or sheltering.  Oceans Unmanned, Inc.

MPA News

In Chile in September at the Fourth International MPA Congress, there was a side event on satellite-based surveillance of illegal fisheries. It was unique in that there were several Chilean naval officers in uniform in the audience. And the first speaker offered what was perhaps the most memorable line of the conference: “Are we at a point where we may finally put the ‘P’ in MPA?”