Last month’s EBM Toolbox column with resources for teaching about marine protected areas has been updated to include resources from the US NOAA National MPA Center and National Marine Sanctuaries network. Check it out here.
Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor
For a place like New York City having a storm surge barrier is incredibly important. That is why local NYC teacher, Pete Malinowski, started the “Billion Oyster Project” in 2008. Oysters act as a natural stormbreaker and could help protect the city from major storm events. Bringing in government officials, restaurants, local volunteers and now including over 80 different middle and high schools in the city area, the project has so far planted over 28 million oysters, well on their way to the billion oyster mark. (via NPR)
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
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Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands – Fisheries, Marine and Conservation Officers from Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) complete a law enforcement training workshop.
Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news
The IPCC, otherwise known as the intergovernmental panel on climate change, duties include informing governments on climate change statistics and introducing global plans to limit more dire results. Their main concern, currently, is atmospheric warming. The panel goal is to contain warming to at most 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The outlook for reaching this goal is slim. The planet has already warmed 1 degree Celsius, leaving only .5 degrees left of this goal. In the newest report by the IPCC, the council pushes for change through the “Talanoa Dialogue,” where the countries under the Paris agreement now must discuss where and how they veered from their original goals in 2015 and how they must act now to ensure the 1.5 degree goal is reached. (via The Washington Post)
Most of the world’s MPAs are partially protected: they restrict some extractive activities but allow others. For planners and decision-makers – especially in regions where extractive resource use is high – partially protected MPAs can be easier to designate than no-take areas. The partial protection indicates to resource users that socioeconomic and conservation objectives have been balanced.
In 2016, the EBM Tools Network compiled a list of hands-on, online activities for teaching about ecosystem services and ecosystem-based management that has since been updated with several more activities. Recently, a university professor asked the Network if any similar online resources existed for teaching MPA design and management. EBM Tools Network members pooled their collective knowledge again and came up with a list of resources for teaching about MPAs at all educational levels.
To that list, MPA News has added a compilation of in-person training opportunities that are aimed at MPA professionals. The combined list of resources and trainings is below.
By Anne Nelson and the IMPACT team
How many times have you had a discussion on the potential impact of future human activities in your MPA and the conclusion is, “We don’t have enough information on that species, habitat, use, or impact”? Often the reasons for the data gaps are that there is no funding for data collection without a related project, or not enough capacity, or it’s not in someone’s plan of work to focus on the activity and there’s no direction from leadership to do the work.
By Sibylle Riedmiller and Eleanor Carter
When Chumbe Island MPA was first conceived in the early 1990s we could never have foreseen the kind of struggles we were going to encounter. Having such an original approach, with Chumbe being the first privately managed MPA in the world, we understood that it wasn’t going to be easy. Building an ecolodge on a remote island, undertaking outreach, engaging and training community members to be conservation stewards, building capacity of former fishers to become environmental education specialists, introducing high-end hospitality skills into communities with little experience in this area — these were all challenges we expected and planned for.
These recent articles on MPA-related science and policy are all free to access.
Article: McDermott, G. R. et al. “The blue paradox: Preemptive overfishing in marine reserves.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 1802862115 (2018)
UK environment secretary calls for 30% of world ocean in MPAs by 2030
On 24 September, UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove called for 30% of the world ocean to be protected by 2030. The goal echoes the 30%-by-2030 target set by IUCN members two years ago. But it is rare for a politician to champion the goal specifically, particularly as most nations are still working to meet the 10%-by-2020 target for MPA coverage under Aichi Target 11. Gove’s announcement was made in New York City to coincide with the current session of the United Nations General Assembly. A UK Government press release is here. A UN Environment news article on Gove’s call is here.