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The Next Wave: A Generational Shift in Ocean Sustainability

Recording: Harriet Harden-Davies, Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center research fellow, joined a prestigious panel of guests at the 22nd Annual Roger Revelle Lecture on May 26. The lecture featured early career ocean professionals leading the way on the UN Ocean Decade of Science for Sustainable Development. 

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Video: Yáa at Wooné (Respect for All Things)

On May 5, 2021, Ocean Nexus Center co-hosted a screening of Yáa at Wooné (Respect for All Things), a documentary about the Herring Protectors of Sitka Sound. Louise Brady, a Kiks.ádi Tlingit leader featured in the film, introduced the story and answered questions. Yoshitaka Ota, the director of the Ocean Nexus Center, moderated the Q&A after the screening.

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AIS-based profiling of fishing vessels falls short as a “proof of concept” for identifying forced labour at sea

Forced labour at sea is a serious human rights violation that must be addressed with policies that consider complex social, economic and political dynamics. So when a recent research paper in PNAS (McDonald et al.) concluded that a machine learning algorithm could identify vessels that are at “high risk” of  engaging in labour abuse, researchers from the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center took notice.

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New Framework Developed to Define Complex Mangrove Fisheries

Policy makers will now have a better understanding of who relies on mangroves for their lives and livelihoods. Mangrove forests are rich and complex ecosystems that many fish – and fishers – rely on for survival. However, the current narrow definition of who is a mangrove fisher means certain groups are excluded from decision making, meaning that policies decided without their input may be misguided or even harmful to these communities. 

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