Hawaii Governor Abercrombie announced today the signing of the US Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Partnership (PROP) agreement, drawing praise from a group of conservation organizations that had recently completed a workshop on the National Ocean Policy and the Hawai’i Ocean Resources Management Plan.
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The National Marine Protected Areas Center is hosting a monthly webinar series, Building and Strengthening Marine Protected Area Networks. The series takes place from 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern (UTC-4 for the first one, UTC-5 for all others) on the second Thursday of each month. Email mpainfo [at] noaa.gov to register. See the attached PDF for full details or visit the National Marine Protected Areas Center website.
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with the first underwater panoramas in Google Maps
The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, NMFS, has approved a Marine Conservation Plan for American Samoa effective through August 10, 2015. Details on the plan may be found in the Federal Register via the link below, or in the full Marine Conservation Plan PDF file.
To make it through the crisis, Europe needs the contribution of all sectors of its economy. In a Communication on 'Blue Growth' adopted today, the European Commission presents promising indications for economic growth and employment prospects in the marine and maritime economy to help Europe's economic recovery. These economic sectors provide jobs for 5.4 million people and contribute a total gross value added of around 500 billion euros. By 2020, these should increase to 7 million and nearly 600 billion euros respectively.
A new report presents a strategy for improving MPA management in the Mediterranean region through building managers’ capacity. Based on an assessment of current capacity-building needs and priorities at the national and MPA levels, the report recommends delivery mechanisms with the collaboration of regional and national actors. Developed by WWF, MedPAN (the Mediterranean Protected Area Managers Network), and RAC/SPA (the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas), the report is available in the OpenChannels Literature Library at:
A new report provides a set of four general guidelines for designing MPA networks that are resilient to climate change:
The State of the California Central Coast is a public symposium that offers resource managers, policy makers, scientists and stakeholders an opportunity to reflect on the first five years of marine protected area monitoring in California's Central Coast region - the first region to imlement MPAs under the Marine Life Protection Act. This symposium will also look ahead to informing adaptive management of the Central Coast MPA network. WHEN: February 27 to March 1, 2013 in Monterey, CA. Registration is now open. The deadline to submit an abstract is September 30, 2012.
November 1-3, 2012
University of Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay Campus
As scientists continue to research ways in which the oceans are changing – and what these changes mean for fish populations, three new research projects will receive funding to examine the effects of ocean acidification on fisheries, and the coastal economies that depend upon them.
Ocean acidification occurs when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making it more acidic. Species as diverse as scallops and coral are vulnerable to ocean acidification, which can affect the growth of their shells and skeletons.
The grants, totaling nearly $1.6 million over three years, will go to...