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Posted on May 21, 2013 - 3:48pm, by nwehner


"It’s been five years since a network of 29 marine protected areas were established along the Central Coast. During that time, volunteer anglers, divers and hikers have been collecting data that will help scientists and fisheries managers determine how the protections affect ocean ecosystems.

The goal of protecting parts of the ocean centers around fish known as BOFFFs."

In the News
Posted on May 21, 2013 - 9:57am, by nwehner

A host of ENGOs have released a joint position on The EU Proposal for Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management.

The full position paper (see attched PDF below) provides five recommendations for the MSP process:

  1. The ecosystem-based approach to planning means that Good Environmental Status under the MSFD should be the overarching objective of the MSP-ICM Directive

  2. The Directive should recognise that sustainable development implies limits to blue growth and should apply the precautionary principle

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 21, 2013 - 9:44am, by nwehner

Via The Guardian

"What do emptier waters look like? This web aquarium shows declining fish populations over the past 100 years - and it uses more than 200 datasets to do it. We recommend that you closely analyse the data showing that the population of big fish has been decimated while small fish are now overly abundant. Or else you can leave it on your screen as a digital pet and a grim modern Tamagotchi."

Community Updates - External Link

After the success of our Whale Detection Challenge with Kaggle and Cornell university we are happy to announce the Earth Day Data Challenge.  Use the Marinexplore Ocean Data Tool  to create one or more datasets from over 20 public ocean data repositories worldwide. Then, use your favorite tools to combine, analyze and visualize these datasets to make your point.

We have created examples to help you get an idea of what you could achieve.

Join in the creativity process with public ocean data. For more info go to our Earth Day Data Challenge page.

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 17, 2013 - 9:30am, by nwehner

Via the Malta Independent

Vanya Walker-Leigh interviews the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki in anticipation of EU Maritime Days, May 21-22.

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 17, 2013 - 8:19am, by nwehner

Via CNET News

"Google and its partner The Catlin Seaview Survey need help from developers to document the world's coral reefs and save them from extinction.

During a session at the Google I/O developer conference, Richard Vevers of the Catlin Seaview Survey and Jenifer Austin Foulkes, a business product manager for Google Earth & Maps, talked up Google's efforts to bring underwater panoramic images to Google Maps."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 16, 2013 - 9:38am, by nwehner

Via San Diego Community Newspaper Group

"On April 30, representatives from San Diego Coastkeeper, WiLDCOAST and the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division held a public forum at Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Sumner Auditorium highlighting a year-in-review of the MPAs and to unveil Coastkeeper’s latest addition to its MPA Watch program."

In the News
Posted on May 16, 2013 - 9:36am, by nwehner

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) recently developed a list of high-priority data necessary for spatial planning. The list of unmet data needs include important coastal bird habitat and commercial fishing catch and effort information. You may view the full list of unmet data needs at

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 16, 2013 - 9:25am, by nwehner

Via Sustainable Business Oregon

"One month after the While House issued strategies that would coordinate management of the country’s oceans, West Coast interests are preparing to interpret the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan.

The Plan could have big effects on Oregon’s fishing, environmental tourism and wave energy industries. The idea is that several ocean interests will come together to craft ocean management policies."