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Posted on May 16, 2017 - 1:08pm, by nwehner

Via Offshore Wind Journal

"Floating offshore windfarms have come to be seen as the ‘next wave’ in the development of offshore wind energy. Several demonstration projects, a number of which are highlighted below, are getting underway, but despite the many potential advantages of floaters, there remain numerous challenges to overcome."

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In late April, US President Donald Trump issued two executive orders that carry potentially significant implications for several of the country’s MPAs, including its largest ones. Both orders could lead to weakened protection for sites.

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These recent articles on MPA-related science and policy are all open access.

Article:An appeal for a code of conduct for marine conservation”, Marine Policy 81, 411-418 (2017)

Finding: Poor governance and social issues can jeopardize the legitimacy and long-term effectiveness of marine conservation practices, including MPAs. This paper reviews key principles and identifies next steps in developing fair social standards and a related code of conduct for marine conservation.

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Nominees requested for Kenton Miller Award, recognizing innovation in MPA practice

The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is requesting nominations for this year's Kenton Miller Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated innovative approaches for effective protected areas. For this year's award, WCPA is limiting nominees to those working in the MPA field specifically. It is the first time WCPA has focused the award on marine innovation. 

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Posted on May 15, 2017 - 7:11pm, by abrown

Via Science Daily

"The cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa is able to counteract negative effects of ocean acidification under controlled laboratory conditions when water temperature rises by a few degrees at the same time. Whether this will also be possible in the natural habitat depends on the degree of change in environmental conditions, researchers argue."

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