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Posted on May 12, 2014 - 12:00pm, by nwehner

Via the European Commission

"A healthy sustainable marine environment is crucial to the smooth functioning of the EU economy. Fishing and offshore oil and gas fields for example employ thousands and bring in billions of euro a year, while most raw materials and consumer goods are imported and exported by sea. In fact, the EU has the world's largest merchant fleet; 90 % of foreign trade and 40 % of internal trade is seaborne. Coastal areas are also vital for tourism.

The sustainable management of this marine environment is therefore a critical economic as well as environmental issue, and to be truly effective, international cooperation is required. For this reason, the EU-funded IMARINE project, which was completed in April 2014, has developed data infrastructure specifically designed to encourage cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration in this field.

Specialists from 17 countries gathered in Rome in March 2014 to mark the imminent completion of the project, and to examine new funding opportunities under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme. Addressing global societal challenges is one of the three pillars of Horizon 2020, which is something that IMARINE has successfully addressed."

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Posted on May 12, 2014 - 11:05am, by nwehner

Via World Fishing and Aquaculture

"In its new report, which is based on information from governmental and inter-governmental bodies, Oceana says many MPAs completely lack plans that regulate the activities within them.

“It’s disappointing that the only place you can find protection in these areas is in their names,” said Hanna Paulomäki, Oceana’s Baltic Sea manager. “All nine Baltic countries have committed themselves to proper marine protection in order to reach a set of environmental targets. If they are serious about overturning the worrying state of the Baltic Sea, there needs to be a radical change of course.”"

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 12, 2014 - 10:53am, by nwehner

Via All Africa

"The southern region of Angola, near the Tigres Bay, was pointed out as the protection area of mackerel and some demersal species (living on the seabed), like snappers and Dentex.

This was said Thursday in Luanda by the State Secretary for Fisheries, Maria Nelumba, at the national seminar on review and updating of law on marine protected areas and sensitive coastal zone."

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Posted on May 12, 2014 - 10:46am, by nwehner

Via the Jakarta Globe

"After years of claiming untruthfully that the world’s most fished marine protected area was “off limits to fishing and other extractive uses,” President Anote Tong of the Pacific island state of Kiribati and his cabinet have voted to close it to all commercial fishing by the end of the year.

The action, if implemented, would allow populations of tuna and other fish depleted by excessive fishing to return to natural levels in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), a patch of ocean the size of California studded with pristine, uninhabited atolls."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 12, 2014 - 10:26am, by nwehner

Via Fly Rod and Reel

"It's not as simple as "ABC" WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) May 7, 2014 -- In a recent article, "The ABCs of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management-Part II," the Pew Charitable Trusts' Director of Federal Fisheries Policy and National Geographic online guest writer, Lee Crockett, focuses on the management of "forage fish" -- a much used, though highly debated categorization for a number of small, marine species. The article's title suggests that management of forage species is as simple as learning the alphabet, but in reality that is far from the case. Fisheries management is a highly complex process, and fisheries managers have stated that much remains to be studied and understood before ecosystem-based management can work for every species."

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Posted on May 9, 2014 - 2:51pm, by nwehner

Via the Bangkok Post

"Antarctic Treaty signatories made progress towards future protection of the icy continent's marine life, NGO officials said.

Authorities at the treaty's annual meeting, in Brasilia this year, "sent a strong message of support" to the commission overseeing Antarctic wildlife protection, said Mark Epstein, director of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition. "

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 8, 2014 - 2:47pm, by nwehner

Via the University of Washington's College of the Environment

"Managing marine fisheries from an ecosystem perspective is a unique challenge, one that is bringing together numerous scientists on a new task force to move the science on this issue forward. Dubbed the Fishery Ecosystem Task Force, the group—funded by the Lenfest Ocean Program—will conduct their work under the leadership of Tim Essington from the College of the Environment’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. The group of 13 scientists will work to create a practical ‘blueprint’ that managers can use to make ecosystem-based fisheries management a reality."

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Posted on May 8, 2014 - 2:17pm, by nwehner

Via KeysInfoNet

"That slate of recommendations will be considered by the full Sanctuary Advisory Council later this fall, then sent to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for final review. 

Any changes that emerge from the first major update of the Keys sanctuary management plan in nearly two decades would likely take effect in 2016.

Possible expansion of the Tennessee Reef Research-Only Area off Long Key to include deeper water to the 90-foot level was considered at the working group's April 17 and 18 meeting in Marathon."

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Posted on May 8, 2014 - 2:14pm, by nwehner

Via the Irish Planning Institute

"In recent years, a growing awareness has begun to emerge in terms of how the marine environment and maritime processes may contribute to the economic recovery of the State. The recent endorsement of the European Parliament of a directive on Maritime Spatial Planning also highlights the growing prominence of this policy field at a transnational level. 

In order to foster sustainable development in the marine environment, a robust and responsive system of maritime spatial planning is needed in order to ensure procedural consistency which is attractive to economic investment, which is conducive to the facilitation of co-operation between stakeholders, generates synergies between preexisting maritime processes and to ensure that the environmental integrity of the marine environment is safeguarded.

The purpose of this IPI Young Planners Network event is to provide an introduction to this emerging policy field in an Irish context. The introduction will be provided by leaders in the field in terms of policy, practice and perspective. Further information on this event will be circulated shortly.

This event is free to attend and is open to members and non members. "

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 7, 2014 - 3:27pm, by nwehner

Via EarthFix

"A Seattle company’s plan to build the West Coast’s first offshore wind energy farm off Oregon’s Coos Bay is one of three floating wind farm projects to win up to $47 million each from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Federal officials announced the grant winners on Wednesday. The other projects are planned off the coast of Virginia and New Jersey. Projects off the shore of Maine, in the Gulf of Mexico and on Lake Erie were not selected."