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Posted on May 21, 2015 - 8:28am, by nwehner

Via Fosters

"The Surfrider Foundation and filmmaker Chris Hannant of Swell Productions teamed up this spring to create an East Coast film about ocean planning.

Chris left his home in North Carolina to embark upon this project, stopping for interviews in Mid-Atlantic States and going as far north as Bar Harbor, Maine. He stopped in Rye, NH, for interviews with Betsy Nicholson, Northeast Regional Director for NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, Tyler McGill, Co-owner of Summer Sessions Surf Shop, and local Rye teen, surfer and ocean advocate, Isabella Hillman."

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Posted on May 21, 2015 - 8:23am, by nwehner

Via the European Commission

"In May 2013, the EU, Canada and the USA signed the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation which marked the launch of an alliance on international Atlantic research. Among the aims of the statement is increasing knowledge of the Atlantic and its dynamic systems by aligning ocean observation efforts, thus improving ocean health and stewardship and promoting sustainable management. A range of diverse Horizon 2020 projects have recently been launched which will contribute, in different ways, towards achieving the aims of the Galway Statement. INMARE and AQUASPACE were among those which were presented at last month’s conference The Atlantic – Our Shared Resource: Making the Vision Reality."

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Posted on May 20, 2015 - 1:48pm, by nwehner


"It’s a complicated business, but also fully automated: Just feed the algorithm, and in a few hours it’ll spit a video right back for you. Their efforts yielded nearly 11,000 time-lapses, most of which seem to be cover temporal stretches of five and 10 years. Among the highlights are the erosion of the Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Norway, the rise of New York City’s Goldman Sachs Tower, and a Swiss Guard at the Vatican who remains still enough over six years that he becomes every bit as much a part of the time-lapse as the iron door frame around him."

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By Alyssa Newton Mann
Regional Research and Planning Specialist, USC Sea Grant 

Our climate is changing in unprecedented ways. Here in California, one effect of climate change—sea level rise—generates great concern for coastal cities. And the sea is already rising. Over the next century, sea level rise in the Los Angeles region is expected to match global projections with and increase of 0.1 – 0.6 m (5-24 inches) from 2000 to 2050 and 0.4 – 1.7 m (17-66 inches) from 2000 to 2100[1]. Rising seas, combined with the threat of other coastal impacts such coastal erosion, high tides and severe storms are driving coastal communities to begin planning for these challenges and identifying strategies to adapt.

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Posted on May 18, 2015 - 11:22am, by nwehner

Via Bangkok Post

"Fishermen in Prachuap Khiri Khan have urged authorities to take action against clam dredgers for violating an agreement prohibiting fishing in protected areas.

More than 100 small-scale fishermen from tambon Sam Roi Yot went to the state-run Damrongtham Centre in Sam Roi Yot district of the southern province to lodge their petition on Saturday."

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Posted on May 18, 2015 - 11:17am, by nwehner

Via Digital Guardian

"This news comes from Minister of Land and Marine Resources Jairam Seemungal four days after Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s announcement on Monday that the People’s Partnership Government would regularise all squatters, if given a second term in office.

Seemungal said while it would be a humongous task to regularise the existing 60,000 squatters, some of whom have been living on state lands for as long as 60 years, squatters who had encroached on natural, ecological and cultural lands would have to be removed, as the Government intended to conserve these areas at all cost."

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Posted on May 18, 2015 - 9:48am, by nwehner

Via NOAA Office of Science and Technology

"EBFM has continued to evolve over the past 20 years and is now a cornerstone of NOAA Fisheries’ efforts to sustainably manage the nation’s marine resources.  But despite substantial progress in the science behind and application of EBFM, a perception remains that the science and governance structures to implement EBFM are lacking, when in fact they have already been resolved in the United States and other developed countries.  An April 2015 article in Fisheries took on the important challenge of identifying some of the most common myths that can impede the implementation of EBFM.  Here’s a look at some of them."

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Posted on May 18, 2015 - 9:24am, by nwehner

The Erasmus Mundus Master's Course on Maritime Spatial Planning is looking for volunteers to take a 10-15 minute online survey on MSP. If you are currently involved in, or have been involved in, a maritime spatial planning process - please take the survey at Thank you!

"[The survey aims] to identify and analyse how existing marine spatial plans have been an effective tool for an ecosystem based management. The questions are structured under 4 themes which cover the planning process and how ecosystem based management was operationalized at each of the phases. Challenges that were faced in applying an effective ecosystem based approach and possible recommendations to these challenges to have a robust plan are also asked at the end. These questions are compiled after extensive study and research on the components of ecosystem based management and its application in marine spatial planning."

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Posted on May 15, 2015 - 10:18am, by nwehner

Via WWF-Canada

"According to WWF’s Living Planet Report, Canada ranks 100 out of 172 nations when it comes to protecting its oceans. We’re lagging very far behind in our international commitment to protect at least 10% of coastal and marine environment by 2020 – a commitment made under the Convention for the Conservation of Biological Diversity (CBD). But opportunity beckons with the recent completed Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) plan for BC’s coast. The plan sets out recommendations to sustainably manage 102,000 km2 of Canada’s Pacific Coast, stretching from Northern Vancouver Island to the Alaska border. If the recommended Protection Management Zones in the plan were to be designated as Marine Protected Areas, the proportion of MPAs in the planning area would increase from less than 2% to over 20%. Such a massive leap for marine protection is unprecedented in Canadian conservation history – needless to say, making this happen would offer a massive boost for Canada’s reputation and obligations. However, there is a catch!"

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Posted on May 15, 2015 - 10:08am, by nwehner

Via Bandon Western World

"The prospect of a marine sanctuary being established off the southern Oregon coast didn't sit well with many local residents mistrustful of federal regulation and still unclear as to the exact benefits of such a designation.

That's despite the recent National Marine Sanctuary public forum held in Bandon last week."