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Posted on April 20, 2015 - 12:05pm, by nwehner

Via The Conversation

"How can scientists effectively measure the status and therefore sustainability of coral reef fish populations? One would think that an isolated reef ecosystem shielded from the influence of people would provide an ideal benchmark against which other coral reefs – and their productivity as sources of fish – can be compared. But in a recent study, we found that it is not that simple.

Using data collected by scientific divers at nearly 2,000 sites at islands and atolls across the western-central Pacific, we developed a method for separating human from other environmental factors to assess reef fish status. We found that not all coral reef areas have the same ability to sustain stocks of fish, and what constitutes “natural” varies substantially among locations."

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Posted on April 20, 2015 - 10:20am, by nwehner

Via Marianas Variety

"The Office of the President on Wednesday, April 15, welcomed experts from government, non-profit and academic institutions for a three-day session to develop a comprehensive enforcement strategy for the proposed Palau National Marine Sanctuary.

In partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts and Scripps Institution of Oceanography-UCSD, the Maritime Domain Awareness or MDA Workshop will explore best practices and emerging technologies to create a plan to deter, detect and stop illicit activities within the sanctuary’s borders. The MDA plan will also help Palau prepare for emerging environmental threats including typhoons, sea-level rise, drought, and climate change. The outcome of the workshop will be a five-year path to full implementation of the plan along with a cost analysis. Enforcement costs will be covered by partner support and revenues generated by the sanctuary."

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Posted on April 20, 2015 - 10:16am, by nwehner

Via The Sunday Times

"The head of the Kalpitiya Divers Association, Dilshan Perera, said the reef was one of the best coral locations in this part of Asia and admired by many overseas visitors. [...]

“We have to pick out the garbage and the fishing nets that become caught between the corals.

“There are instances when the fishermen even use dynamite. Some dump sand on the reef. Much damage has been caused,” Mr. Perera said."

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Posted on April 20, 2015 - 10:07am, by nwehner

Via The American Fisheries Society

"A new study by Amy Uhrin, Tom Matthews, and Cindy Lewis in the American Fisheries Society’s journal Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science is shedding light on the quantity of trap debris (spiny lobster or stone crab) in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In a first ever study, the team of scientists conducted surveys using towed divers to identify and count trap debris—intact fishing traps, degraded non-fishing traps, wood slats only, and rope—as well as nontrap debris."

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Posted on April 20, 2015 - 9:53am, by nwehner

Via The Conversation

"The current government review of Australia’s proposed network of marine parks, called the Commonwealth Marine Reserves (CMRs), seems rather premature. After all, the management plans were approved only in March 2013 and as yet only the southeast region is being actively managed. [...]

These reserves were set up mainly outside existing commercial fishing zones, mining regions and away from population centres, and designed to have minimal impact of human maritime activities. The implementation of the CMRs has been suspended while the current review is under way."

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Posted on April 20, 2015 - 9:48am, by nwehner

Via Daily Express

"The current draft Sabah Structure Plan 2033 (prepared by RPD in 2014) set out the statutory authority for TRPD to prepare the marine spatial plans for Sabah.

The interesting outcome of this rare TRPD/WWF-Malaysia collaboration is it will develop the first marine spatial plan in Malaysia."

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Posted on April 20, 2015 - 9:42am, by nwehner


"Are you interested in collaborating on approaches to help alleviate or resolve conflicting ocean uses? We are too!  MARCO has developed a new feature of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal to help you navigate these challenges with the help of your community.

Groups are a new way to connect with a growing network of ocean stakeholders and collaborate around a common theme. The beta version of the Groups feature will be live later this month and we’re looking for a few pioneers to help us test it. You don’t need to be a mapping expert to start or join a test group. All we need is an idea for illustrating new or existing ocean uses and a couple of folks who are ready to collaborate."

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Posted on April 17, 2015 - 1:47pm, by nwehner

Via The Aquarium of the Pacific

"Marine protected areas (MPAs) and marine spatial planning (MSP) are instruments that can be used to satisfy social-economic demands for use and protection of the ocean.

Scientists Carlton Ray and Jerry McCormick-Ray will share the history of MPAs and MSP and their roles in a changing environment. They will present scenarios from The Bahamas and oyster sanctuaries in Chesapeake Bay.

Tune in Live

This speaking engagement will be streamed live via the web. It's free and you can participate in the Q&A session at the end via Twitter."

Thursday, Sep 24, 2015 | 7:00 PM–8:30 PM US Pacific Time

In the News
Posted on April 17, 2015 - 1:20pm, by nwehner

CODRINGTON, BARBUDA -- A marine enforcement training workshop is taking place at the Barbuda Fisheries’ complex this week. The workshop will help the community to effectively and safely enforce Barbuda’s new coastal zoning and fisheries regulations that became law in August 2014.

“Regulations mean little without enforcement, so we’re glad to be sponsoring this workshop. Proper enforcement will ensure the community reaps the benefits of the new regulations, in terms of healthier ecosystems and catching more fish,” said Waitt Institute executive director Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson.

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Posted on April 16, 2015 - 8:16pm, by nwehner

Via The Guardian

"A crew of Northern Irish fishermen believe their trawler was dragged backwards across the Irish Sea by a submarine .

The skipper of the Karen, Paul Murphy, said his vessel was damaged during the incident on Wednesday."