Ocean & Coastal Policy Program News

Rafe Sagarin, Who Merged Ecological Thinking with National Security, Dies

The Washington Post remembers the life of Rafe Sagarin, former Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director and a marine ecologist who pioneered new ways of thinking about protecting national security through the lens of the environment and animal behavior.

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Duke Remembers Former Ocean and Coastal Policy Program Director

Raphael “Rafe” Sagarin, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions first Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director, died May 28 when his bicycle was struck from behind by a pickup as he traveled home from his post at the University of Arizona.

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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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