"The new proposal for a directive on Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management, published by the Commission in March 2013 and subject of a Committee of the Regions' opinion by Paul O'Donoghue (IE/ALDE), Member of the Kerry County Council and South West Regional Authority, was recently voted in the European Parliament. Its main objective is to create a level playing field and make local, regional and national planning in shared seas compatible through a set of minimum common requirements.
Commenting on the outcomes of the vote, O'Donoghue emphasised that although the Committee of the Regions was in favour of the general aims of the proposed directive, the text was too prescriptive and there were still questions to answer in terms of the subsidiarity principle: "The proposed Directive, as currently worded, is too detailed and insufficiently flexible to fully take account of the existing spatial planning practices; the need to maintain the setting of management priorities at the national or sub-national level and the regional specificity of the marine resource"."
"As well as allowing the “destructive” practice to continue, the Commission has agreed that the mussels should receive eco-labels attesting to be “sustainable”.
“We have previously expressed our strong concern about mussel dredging inside Danish marine protected areas, and EU’s new decision is deeply disappointing,” said Hanna Paulomäki, project manager, Oceana’s Baltic Sea office. “It is categorically wrong to call these mussels sustainable seafood when they are not only caught inside a protected area, but even worse, using destructive gear.”
Oceana says besides catching the targeted blue mussels, dredging also removed sessile fauna that is attached to the mussels and leaves the seafloor deserted and difficult to recolonise."
"Computer programmers are designing a smartphone app to allow boaters to assist with enforcement across an expanded network of marine parks.
The proposals, which include dramatically expanding the no-fishing zones around the Cayman Islands, will go through another round of public consultation this year, according to Environment Minister Wayne Panton."
Via the Los Angeles Times
"Two years after the creation of marine sanctuaries in more than 350 square miles of Southern California coastal waters, state wildlife officials and environmental groups say the restrictions on fishing are largely being obeyed.
"All of the dire predictions of the collapse of the commercial and sport-fishing industries just aren't happening," said California Fish and Game Commission President Michael Sutton. "In general, people are respecting the boundaries."
The reserves, known as Marine Protected Areas, bar or limit fishing in 50 zones spanning 15% of state waters from Santa Barbara County to the Mexican border. They took effect in the state's busiest region in 2012, with some favored fishing spots remaining open and others placed almost entirely off-limits to promote marine life conservation."
The Conservation Strategy Fund and Duke University have launched a collaborative partnership to create a Conservation Economics Initiative. The Initiative will make economics training more readily available to conservation professionals around the world starting with its first MESP sponsored webinar on February 10th.
The reports and a summary of the main points of the governance studies of 13 marine spatial planning case studies around Europe are now available. These case studies were undertaken as part of the EC FP7 funded MESMA project. The governance analysis aimed to explore marine spatial planning in reality, these realities being very different to the ideals, theories and concepts related to MSP. Key points:
NatCap would like to invite you to attend our Annual Meeting & Training. This year’s meeting is the perfect opportunity to learn more about NatCap’s approach to incorporate natural capital information in decision-making. Participants will be exposed to novel ways to use our software (including the latest InVEST models and our newest software, RIOS), and receive personalized help from our scientists, programmers and policy experts. The agenda includes numerous opportunities to network with others visiting from around the world.
Wednesday, February 5, 3:00 p.m. EST
101: Communicating with Confidence: How to deal with uncertainty
This webinar will address how to deal with uncertainty on scientific issues. It will cover how to approach and prepare for conversations about complicated issues with the media, the public, and policy makers.
Port of Spain. January 24, 2014 - Over 20 fisherfolk leaders from the National Association of Fisherfolk Cooperatives (NAFCOOP) and its affiliate cooperatives participated in a National Fisherfolk Workshop, in Dominica, from January 20 to 21. This workshop was aimed at strengthening the capacities of the fisherfolk organisations in Dominica to become better engaged in the national, regional and international processes for developing and implementing fisheries policies. It was co-facilitated by Mr. St. Bernard Sebastien, mentor to NAFCOOP, and Ms.