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Posted on February 7, 2013 - 11:27am, by nwehner

Via GIS and Science

The World Ocean Council (WOC) is launching a two-year effort to improve ocean business community understanding, collaboration and participation in U.S. ocean policy and marine spatial planning (MSP) developments.

The WOC program includes:

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on February 7, 2013 - 11:25am, by nwehner

Via Sea Tech e-News

U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law last week the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, which provides $50.7 billion in federal aid for recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

An amendment from Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), agreed to with a 221-197 vote, removed $150 million in funding for NOAA's Regional Ocean Partnership grants, which would support regional ocean partnerships and the development of coastal marine spatial plans. 

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on February 6, 2013 - 1:04pm, by nwehner

Via Nature News Blog

Those fighting to reform fisheries are celebrating today after the European Parliament approved a major reform by an enormous majority.

Parliament was having its say in the on-going attempt to shake up Europe’s controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), as long demanded by scientists and conservationists who have warned that many fish species are being caught at levels far beyond what is sustainable.

In the News
Posted on February 5, 2013 - 4:40pm, by nwehner

Samuel Pownall, a 3rd year studying marine biology at the University of Liverpool, is conducting research into ecosystem services and their impact on human well being, specifically coastal aesthetics. Pownall hopes to explore the relationship between the coastal environment and human well-being, how people respond to the coastal environment and what impact it would have on their health and well-being if the coastal setting is degraded/removed.

In the News
Posted on January 29, 2013 - 9:04am, by nwehner

The U.S. Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is proposing changes to the way they regulate sanctuaries. According to the Federal Register (which you may download below) the "rule would update and reorganize the existing regulations, eliminate redundancies across sanctuaries, eliminate outmoded regulations, adopt standard boundary descriptions, and consolidate general and permitting procedures."

Comments must be received by March 29th​ via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see link below).

In sum, the changes seek to:

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on January 24, 2013 - 2:26pm, by nwehner

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation invites all who care about the future health of our oceans to join us for a free one-hour interactive webcast hosted by Washington Post national environment reporter Juliet Eilperin and featured guest Maria Brown, superintendent of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.


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