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Posted on December 14, 2012 - 11:07am, by nwehner

Via Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)

WDC has handed over a huge 36,736  signatures from members of the public to Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, asking the Scottish Government to include whales and dolphins in Scotland’s new marine protected area network.

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on December 14, 2012 - 11:04am, by nwehner

Via BBC News Scotland

Plans to create a huge network of Marine Protected Areas around the coast of Scotland have been published.

The Scottish government is considering protecting 32,000 square miles of seas, an area roughly as big as the country.

The network is designed to safeguard the future of rich and diverse coastal habitats and maintain a healthy marine ecosystem. 

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on December 12, 2012 - 9:58am, by nwehner

Via WWF-Hong Kong

To minimize the disputes between marine conservation and development in recent years, WWF-Hong Kong today urges the government to implement Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), in which Hong Kong allocates marine resources in the most appropriate way and to find synergies among sectors.

In the News
Posted on December 11, 2012 - 12:33pm, by nwehner

The EBM Tools Network and OpenChannels are conducting a short survey of marine conservation and management practitioners about what tools, if any, they have actually used or are currently using in marine spatial planning processes. We would appreciate it if you would participate in this survey if you have been, or are currently involved in, a marine spatial planning process. You do not need to have used a tool to participate because we are interested in learning why projects have not used tools as well as why they have. The survey should take between 5 and 15 minutes.

In the News
Posted on December 11, 2012 - 11:34am, by nwehner

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is now proposing to list 82 coral-building species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) following a petition by the Center on Biological Diversity (CBD). The proposal seeks to list 12 species as endangered, 54 as threatened, reclassify two threatened species as endangered, and finds that 16 species do not warrant listing.

In the News
Posted on December 6, 2012 - 3:49pm, by nwehner

The Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) today released its first report, Climate Change and Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts (Island Press). The report highlights the findings of more than 100 scientists and other experts who assessed climate change impacts on Hawai‘i and other Pacific Islands as part of a series of regional contributions to the 2013 National Climate Assessment.


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