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New Facebook page and the Pelican Brief blog
July 17, 2013
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The Pelican Brief is a blog designed for general audiences (managers, policy-makers, and informed members of the public) where we give summaries (briefs) of recent research papers involving Farallon Institute researchers. The name refers to the iconic California Brown Pelican, a once-endangered species in the California Current marine ecosystem which has recovered from chemical contamination of its primary food sources. The mission of Pelican Brief is to facilitate communication of scientific research to general audiences and in doing so provide a bridge to decision-makers and other interested parties.
Second FI Science paper recommends saving "one-third for the birds"
An international group of scientists including FI President Bill Sydeman has shown that seabirds begin to suffer when the food available for them in the ocean declines below a critical level. This level is approximately one-third of the maximum amount of food available, wherever they happen to be in the world. The study focused on seabirds that feed mainly on small fish such as sardines, anchovies and sandeels. These are often key species in marine ecosystems that are often also exploited by humans, resulting in competition between fisheries and seabirds. Read more...
FI paper in Science on how climate change affects marine life
Dr. Bill Sydeman has co-authored a new study published today in the journal Science, which finds that life in the seas is likely to be affected by climate change as much or more than life on land. The study also provides evidence that some of the most diverse marine ecosystems may be particularly vulnerable to risks from ocean warming. An accompanying press release is also available.