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Posted on August 7, 2012 - 2:37pm, by nwehner

The US Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in NOAA will "evaluate the opportunity and effects of expanding" the boundaries of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Comments must be received by October 10, 2012 via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Scoping meetings are set for August 16, August 23, and September 12.

Full details are in the attached PDF from the Federal Register.

In the News
Posted on August 7, 2012 - 2:23pm, by nwehner

The US National Marine Fisheries Service is announcing a 90-day finding on a petition to 1) identify the Hawaiian population of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS), and 2) delist the DPS under the Endangered Species Act.

Scientific and commercial information pertinent to the petitioned action and the global DPS review must be received by October 1, 2012.

In the News
Posted on August 7, 2012 - 12:54pm, by nwehner

The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing a quota (annual catch target) of 325,000 lb of Deep 7 bottomfish in the main Hawaiian Islands for the 2012–13 fishing year, based on a proposed annual catch limit of 346,000 lb. When the quota is projected to be reached, NMFS would close the commercial and non-commercial fisheries for MHI Deep 7 bottomfish for the remainder of the fishing year. The proposed specifications and fishery closure support the long-term sustainability of Hawaii bottomfish.

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on August 6, 2012 - 10:43am, by PJSJones

A paper has been published which focuses on MPA governance issues. It represents a critique of current approaches to analysing protected area governance, with a particular focus on MPAs. As such, it is the theoretical underpinnings of the Governing MPAs report (

In the News
Posted on August 2, 2012 - 11:07am, by nwehner

Press Release via Our Ocean Wealth

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, today (Tuesday July 31st) launched a Government plan to double the value of Ireland’s ocean wealth to 2.4% of GDP by 2030 and increase the turnover from our ocean economy to exceed €6.4bn by 2020. The report, ‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth - An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland’ was launched at the Marine Institute, Galway.

In the News
Posted on July 30, 2012 - 11:47am, by nwehner

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expanding the size and changing the name of the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Download the attached PDF (below) for the Federal Register account for these changes for full details.


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