"In advance of the UN Ocean Conference, the UN has issued guidelines for registering voluntary commitments in the Ocean Conference Registry of Commitments. The Registry, located on the Conference website, will be one of three outcomes from the ‘high-level UN Oceans Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development,’ convening in June 2017."
"Seeking to explore how short-term periods of elevated CO2 from upwelling impact the bacteria in the water, UC Santa Barbara researchers found that the additional CO2—and corresponding drop in pH—increased the respiration of these organisms. This means more resources are recycled rather than retained in the food web. The results appear in the journal PLOS ONE."
"SeaWorld announced a year ago that it would end orca breeding at its parks in the U.S. One year later and nearly 8,000 miles away in China, another such program is just getting started."
For a marine protected area to be effective means it is successfully addressing threats to the features the MPA was designed to protect. So if an MPA is designed specifically to protect a certain benthic community — like a deep-sea coral reef — then it is effective if it minimizes or eliminates the threats to that community.
Last November, MPA News speculated on whether the election of Donald Trump as US President would bring a rollback of MPAs — specifically the large marine national monuments that former President Barack Obama designated or expanded under the US Antiquities Act.
Article: “Marine protected areas need accountability not wasted dollars”, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 27, 4 - 9 (2017)
Finding: MPAs are largely assessed on a single numerical target (total area), and inconsistent self-identification adds an extra level of opaqueness and bias. The consequence is an unaccountable and under-performing system of MPAs worldwide. Ineffective MPAs should be screened out; MPAs’ effectiveness should be improved where possible; and investment should be redirected toward the largest gaps in the network.
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"Scientists have generally seen sea life as more "connected", with currents mixing species in a constant genetic melting pot. But researchers at the University of Exeter have discovered the truth may be more complex, and some species could be just as disconnected as those divided by mountains or motorways. They studied two species of soft coral, and in one - the pink sea fan - they found distinct genetic differences between those living in different places."
Via The Scientist
"With the March for Science on the horizon, researchers are debating whether overt displays of science advocacy may help or harm public perception of science. And when scientists have a question, they typically approach it with data. John Kotcher and colleagues at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, published a study on the subject last month (February 26) in Environmental Communication."