By: Rebecca Cerio
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
1 solution to global overfishing found – That solution, say the authors of a landmark field investigation of co-managed tropical coral reef fisheries, is a combination of top-down and bottom-up management to balance livelihoods and fish populations. “The study’s main finding is that co-management has been largely successful in sustaining fisheries and improving people’s livelihoods. … A comparison of co-managed reefs with other reefs showed that co-managed reefs were half as likely to be heavily overfished….” (via EurekAlert)
Financial Conflicts of Interest and the DSM-5 – A paper by Lisa Cosgrove and Sheldon Krimsky takes a look at the new competing interest disclosure policy for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and finds that the panel deliberating on the next version of the “bible” of psychiatric illness, the DSM-5, still has considerable financial conflicts of interest. (via PLoS Medicine)
Flu Debate Highlights Opacity of Public Health Research – Ian Fyfe on the Speaking of Medicine blog points out that the recent controversy on potentially dangerous avian flu research highlights a problem at the science/society interface: the lack of public transparency of public health research. He points out that the public does not have the knowledge to make informed decisions on such issues and that “[t]his level of uncertainty about work that has already been done and that carries significant risks to the population can only form a barrier between the public and the scientific community. Asking the public to then trust this same scientific community to evaluate and decide between two worrying prospects on their behalf is difficult.”
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