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Posted on August 21, 2013 - 10:17am, by nwehner

Via Nature Asia

"Marine protected areas (MPAs) can rapidly increase fish stocks without disadvantaging fishers reports a paper published in Nature Communications this week. The work could help towards improving the acceptance of MPAs as a viable fisheries management option.

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Posted on August 21, 2013 - 10:11am, by nwehner

Via Radio New Zealand International

"A newly installed paramount chief in Fiji says he and his people will continue efforts to ensure the survival of their marine protected area off the country’s second largest island, Vanua Levu.

Ratu Wiliame Katonivere’s late brother was hailed as a champion of protected areas in the Pacific after helping set up the 50 square kilometre Macuata Marine Protected Network in the early 2000s."

In the News
Posted on August 19, 2013 - 10:36am, by nwehner

NOAA's ONMS is announcing that it is re-establishing the sanctuary nomination process and is proposing to amend its regulations governing the process for nominating and evaluating sites for eligibility as a national marine sanctuary. This action would replace the currently inactive Sanctuary Evaluation List (SEL) with a new process for local communities and other interested parties to provide NOAA with robust, criteria-driven proposals for new national marine sanctuaries.

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Posted on August 19, 2013 - 9:16am, by JGardner

By Julie Gardner, Dovetail Consulting, jgardner [at]

How does your garden grow? That’s what my neighbors have been asking each other during a glorious summer in Southwest British Columbia. Between weeding and harvesting I’ve been pondering questions like this from a “knowledge frame” perspective, because the issues remind me of resource challenges further north on our Pacific coast.

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Posted on August 16, 2013 - 9:25am, by tsaofan

By Associated Press, Published: August 13

DOVER, Del. — Members of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council discussed options for protecting deep sea coral from being damaged by commercial fishing as the panel began a three-day meeting in Wilmington Tuesday.

The council last year initiated an amendment to a management plan for Atlantic mackerel, squid and butterfish to protect deep sea corals from impacts of bottom-tending fishing gear in the Mid-Atlantic.

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By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Waitt Foundation, ayanaelizabeth [at]

There is a lot of talk in conservation about “community-based” and “stakeholder-driven” projects, but what does that really mean? When pursued honestly, it can be summarized in one word: vulnerability.

The Waitt Institute’s evolving approach to ocean conservation is based on asking a community two questions: What do you want your ocean to look like? How can we help you get there?

In the News
Posted on August 15, 2013 - 11:30am, by nwehner

NOAA announced the inclusion of 82 existing marine protected areas into the National System of Marine Protected Areas. This addition brings the total number of marine protected areas in the national system to 437.

Sites in the system remain under the management of the agency that established them, but work voluntarily and cooperatively together to address common management problems, such as adapting to climate change impacts or managing emerging ocean uses.