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By Tundi Agardy, MEAM Contributing Editor. tundiagardy [at]

Management of anything at all - a business, a household (or, even harder, teenagers within a household), fisheries, or marine environments - is focused on achieving positive outcomes. That is stating the obvious. But conventional management, and even much of EBM today, focuses not on what can be achieved with management, but what is to be avoided.


Recognize the connections within ecosystems. Balance the needs of those ecosystems with the needs of humans. Manage in an adaptive way. Collaborate.

These and other principles of ecosystem-based management have been laid out in numerous publications. But what do these concepts look like when translated into actual use? Now, thanks to a project that takes an unprecedented view of marine EBM in practice worldwide, we have a clearer idea than ever.

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Posted on October 17, 2012 - 1:48pm, by toniparras

By Toni Parras, Communications Professional, toniparras [at]

Inform. Demonstrate. Persuade.  Assuming your purposes for filming are similar to ones I’ve encountered in my years of marine conservation work, the following are some tips for documenting project activities (issues, site overview, workshops, interviews, etc.) on video. 

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Posted on October 17, 2012 - 12:26pm, by nwehner

Released Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012

OTTAWA - Today, the newly formed All-Party Oceans Caucus will hold its inaugural meeting. The Oceans Caucus will bring together MPs to discuss the full breadth of the ocean’s economic and environmental importance to Canada, according to co-chairs Fin Donnelly, MP (New Westminster-Coquitlam) and Bruce Stanton, MP (Simcoe-North).

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Posted on October 17, 2012 - 6:48am, by afjohnson

By Andrew Frederick Johnson, Bangor University, andrewjohnson540 [at]

It is now well understood that our global fisheries are in trouble. With huge advances in marine technologies in the last 50 years we now fish deeper, longer, further and harder than ever before to feed the mouths of our growing global population. We also however know that current levels of exploitation are not sustainable and the number of fish in our oceans is declining. But what are our options in fisheries management? What could we do to halt current trends and perhaps even reverse them?

In the News
Posted on October 11, 2012 - 1:29pm, by nwehner

Restore America’s Estuaries Initiative Paves Way for Private Investment in Coastal Restoration and Protection Project

“Coastal Blue Carbon” Joins World Carbon Markets

WASHINGTON—A Restore America Estuaries-led (RAE) initiative aimed at creating greenhouse gas offset opportunities for coastal wetlands got final approval under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) today, paving the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects through the issuance of internationally recognized carbon credits.

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Posted on October 5, 2012 - 9:42am, by lemorgan

In response to illegal incursions and fishing in America’s Pacific marine monuments, the Marine Conservation Institute today released a study that recommends ways to help law enforcement agencies combat  threats to one of America’s last relatively unspoiled frontiers. Fishermen and recreational sailors have already damaged coral reefs and other marine wildlife by vessel groundings and spills and by introducing invasive species on island wildlife refuges that constitute the heart of the monuments.

To combat illegal encroachment into these internationally recognized conservation areas, Marine Conservation Institute recommends several steps:

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Posted on October 3, 2012 - 2:56pm, by nwehner

More than half of Australia's Great Barrier Reef has disappeared in the past 27 years, according to a new study by scientists.

Various factors, including cyclones, coral bleaching and the Crown of Thorns starfish, have been blamed.

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy reports from Sydney.