On October 23, 1972, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act was signed, initiating ocean protection and conservation at a scope and scale never seen before. Today, fourteen magnificent protected areas and two generations later, NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System celebrates its 40th anniversary with a Top 40 list of its most significant accomplishments. Each week day, starting on August 27 and culminating on October 23, an accomplishment will be posted here. Join our celebration and dive into your underwater treasures today!
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On May 11, 2011 the Coast Guard announced to the public that it was conducting a Port Access Route Study of the entire East Coast. The ACPARS Workgroup recently released an ACPARS Interim Report that summarizes the work of the ACPARS Workgroup over the previous year and discusses the work that remains to be done. Your input as a maritime waterway user within the area of study is crucial, and we request that you take the time to review the Federal Register notices and the ACPARS Interim Report.
Lionfish removal efforts in some Mexican protected marine areas are controlling local populations, according to a collaborative study by NOAA and Mexico’s National Commission of Federally Protected Areas (known by its Spanish acronym CONANP, for Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas). The two groups monitored lionfish inside two MPAs along the Yucatán Peninsula during the summer of 2012. Preliminary results suggest that densities are lower in the parks compared with surrounding reefs.
Join the ICCB 2013: July 21-25, 2013 • Baltimore, MD, USA
The biennial International Congress for Conservation Biology is recognized as the most important global meeting for conservation professionals and students. The congress features a dynamic scientific program with more than 100 cutting edge symposia, workshops, posters, and focus groups; countless networking opportunities, fantastic field trips, and world-renowned speakers.
Via the Federal Register:
The U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) has endorsed the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) as the first-ever comprehensive federal data standard for classifying and describing coastal and marine ecosystems. Full details are in the attached PDF from the Federal Register.
You are invited to participate to an international survey looking at the use of different tools in the context of coastal zones management (in the very broad sense). The survey is fairly short (less than 10 minutes) and straightforward and applies to any professional working on coastal/marine environments. It is important for the validity of the study to have a very large number of respondents, so we also encourage you to circulate this email amongst your colleagues and professional networks.
Via Earth Negotiations Bulletin: