Office Hour Archives

In this interactive 'Office Hour' chat, Nick Mallos of Ocean Conservancy will take your questions on the upcoming 2013 International Coastal Cleanup, to occur 21 September (note that the Office Hour takes place four days before the Costal Cleanup). Last year the Cleanup mobilized more than 560,000 volunteers and collected 10 million pounds of trash from coastlines worldwide. The annual Cleanup, now in its 28th year, is an Ocean Conservancy initiative.

In this interactive ‘Office Hour’ chat, Daniella Russo, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Plastic Pollution Coalition, took questions on ocean plastics, how Plastic Pollution Coalition addresses this global issue, and its recent ‘Think Beyond Plastic’ innovation competition. Founded in 2009, Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance working on ending plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on people, animals, and the environment.

This interactive ‘Office Hour’ chat will take your questions on the proposals for new Southern Ocean MPAs to be considered this month at a Special Meeting of CCAMLR (the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources). One proposal, for an MPA in the Ross Sea Region, has been submitted by the U.S. and New Zealand and would cover approximately 2.27 million km2, making it the largest MPA in the world. Nearly 1.6 million km2 of the MPA would be no-take. The second proposal, for East Antarctica, has been submitted by Australia, France, and the EU, and recommends seven areas for designation as MPAs. The Special Meeting of CCAMLR begins 15 July in Bremerhaven, Germany.

This was an online, text-based debate on whether ocean zoning must be included as part of a marine spatial planning (MSP) process for that MSP to be effective. Charles “Bud” Ehler will argue that ocean zoning can be an effective tool to implement MSP (similar to the traditional relationship of comprehensive planning and zoning on land), but that we already do too much ocean zoning without comprehensive marine planning. Bud is president of Ocean Visions and co-author (with Fanny Douvere) of the guide Marine Spatial Planning: a step-by-step approach toward Ecosystem-based Management (UNESCO, 2009). Tundi Agardy will argue that marine spatial planning without ocean zoning is ultimately toothless. Reviewing the myriad MSP and other maritime planning activities taking place around the world, Tundi finds that MSP is very front-loaded, concentrating more on planning than on implementation, and especially the spatial implications of planning (i.e., zoning of one type or another). Tundi is president of Sound Seas and co-author of Ocean Zoning: Making Marine Management More Effective (Routledge, 2010).

Live ‘Office Hour’ chat on Pew’s ongoing effort to develop very large, fully protected marine reserves worldwide: its Global Ocean Legacy project. Our guest will be Imogen Zethoven, director of Pew’s Coral Sea campaign, an effort of the Global Ocean Legacy project. Ms. Zethoven will answer your questions on the Global Ocean Legacy project in general as well as the Coral Sea Campaign in particular.

Live ‘Office Hour’ Chat about the roles that ocean industries — shipping, oil/gas, fishing, aquaculture, and more — can play in informing ocean policy and management, including marine spatial planning. Our guest will be Paul Holthus, Executive Director of the World Ocean Council. The WOC is the global, cross-sectoral industry leadership alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. Its members include more than 60 companies from the diverse ocean business community and a global network of over 15,000 ocean industry contacts.

Live ‘Office Hour’ Chat about current and future management of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, with Betarim Rimon, Information Officer for PIPA. Mr. Rimon will represent, and will relate guidance provided by, PIPA expert personnel including Mr. Tukabu Teroroko, Director of the PIPA Implementation Office, and Dr. Teuea Toatu, Executive Director of the PIPA Conservation Trust.

The EBM Tools Network and OpenChannels are pleased to announce a live “office hour” chat with Will McClintock and Evan Paul of the Center for Marine Assessment and Planning.

The EBM Tools Network and OpenChannels are pleased to announce a live “office hour” chat with Jon Day, Director of Planning, Heritage and Sustainable Funding with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Office hour chats provide an opportunity for participants to ask panelists questions as well as share their own experiences and insights with panelists and other participants. Jon Day will answer questions on zoning of the Great Barrier Reef as well as other issues of relevance to the GBR. All audience members are strongly encouraged to read the draft paper “Clarifying 10 Key Misunderstandings about Zoning in the Great Barrier Reef” before participating in the chat.

Join Christine Taylor, Lead Physical Scientist, Mapping and Boundary Branch, BOEM; and, David Stein, Geographer, Geospatial Services Division, NOAA Coastal Services Center for a live text-based chat on the updated Multipurpose Marine Cadastre.