Ocean & Coastal Policy Program News

Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum to be Housed at Duke

The Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum (Fisheries Forum), which provides policy-neutral support for the exploration of challenges and emerging issues facing our nation's federal fishery managers, will be housed exclusively within the Oceans and Coastal Policy Program of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The transition will be effective this summer.

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Q&A with John Virdin: Fishing for a Sustainable Future

John Virdin, director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, was recently a panelist for a World Bank Praxis Discussion Series in Sydney, Australia. In a Q&A, he reflects on three key questions surrounding the sustainability of fisheries in the Pacific.

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People: The Missing Link in Monitoring and Managing Ecosystem Services

Linwood Pendleton, a senior scholar at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and International Chair of Excellence at the University of Brest, has explored the notion that conservation is good for people, suggesting that failure to make that case with hard evidence has led to a lack of confidence in environmental management and great uncertainty about its benefits to human well-being.

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Don’t Weaken America’s Fisheries Law

Linwood Pendleton, senior scholar at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, discusses how Congress is debating an amendment to America’s core fisheries legislation—the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act—in a News & Observer op-ed. The act sets the groundwork for the nation’s federal fisheries regulations and includes strict requirements for rebuilding all overfished, federally managed fish stocks

 
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New Face, New Visions: One-on-One with John Virdin

In an interview with Upwelling, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions' new Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director John Virdin shares his background in fisheries policy, his goals while at the Nicholas Institute and his outlook on the future of our oceans. 

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New Study Ranks Transparency of International Fisheries Management Organisations

A new study in the Journal Marine Policy examines the transparency of international fisheries management organisations operating on the high seas. This paper, reports IASS Potsdam, is the first global study of regional fisheries management organisation transparency.

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McCrory Calls for Offshore Drilling

Climate and Energy Program director Jonas Monast talks on air with WPTF about North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory bashing the federal proposal to include a 50-mile buffer between the coastline and drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, telling a U.S. House subcommittee that the plan would restrict development for no reason.

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Is Blue Growth the Beginning or End of a Healthier Ocean?

Across the globe, countries are increasingly looking seaward in search of new economic opportunities, including oil, gas, and mineral extraction from the sea floor, renewable energy development, and biotechnology. The push to expand this so-called “blue economy” comes at a time when the ecological health of the oceans is seriously degraded. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solution’s John Virdin and Linwood Pendleton examine whether blue growth helps or harms efforts to achieve a healthier ocean ecosystem in The Economist

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Q&A with Linwood Pendleton: Co-Author of Study on Economic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification is a global, long-term problem whose ultimate solution requires carbon dioxide reduction at a scope and scale that will take decades to accomplish successfully.

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Mussels, Clams Hit by Ocean Acidification: How Effects Could be Forestalled

There's a growing understanding of the factors that contribute to ocean acidification in coastal areas and how shellfish respond. The Christian Science Monitor reports on a new study, co-authored by a Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions researcher, which looks at the risks to shellfish and identifies areas where livelihoods are most at risk.

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