Ocean & Coastal Policy Program News

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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Virdin Appointed Nicholas Institute Ocean and Coastal Policy Program Director

DURHAM, N.C.—John Virdin has been appointed director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

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Scientists Sound the Alarm in Climate Change Report

Climate change driven by the burning of fossil fuels is already affecting life on every continent and in the oceans, and the window is closing rapidly for governments to avert the worst damage expected to occur later this century, scientists warned in one of the loudest alarms yet sounded by the international scientific community. Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, comments in this Los Angeles Times article.

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