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Posted on February 10, 2014 - 8:09am, by nwehner


"Apart from the significant humanitarian and environmental concerns, these issues matter to business success. For companies, the pathway forward is far simpler than it may seem, and includes three actions that businesses can take.

  1. Show Intent through Sourcing and Supply Chain

It is time for companies to set clear sustainable seafood sourcing policies, hold supply chain partners accountable, and demand that fish are fully traceable. These requirements should include identifying which fish are caught where, and with what impacts on species viability."

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Posted on February 7, 2014 - 2:37pm, by PJSJones

Dr Peter JS Jones, Dept of Geography, University College London (P.J.Jones [at]

See link for paper and for a conversation article by the lead author, Graham Edgar

To be clear from the outset, I think this is an excellent and very important paper that makes an outstanding contribution to debates about the need for effective MPAs. It represents a recent meta-analysis of the features that make MPAs effective in restoring fish populations, involving 87 MPAs in 40 countries. Interestingly, much of the data was collected by volunteer divers, representing a great example of the importance of ‘citizen science’.

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Posted on February 7, 2014 - 10:24am, by nwehner

Via Science

"In a commentary in Nature, Benjamin Halpern of the University of California, Santa Barbara, calls the findings worrying, because “it is difficult for managers to achieve all five factors.” Most governments can’t create large or remote marine reserves, so they must focus on enforcement, which can be expensive. More research should be done on other possibilities, such as connecting MPAs into networks, Halpern wrote."

Also relevant is Dr Peter JS Jones' comment here on OpenChannels.

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Posted on February 7, 2014 - 10:11am, by nwehner

Via CPMR News

"While the European Commission is launching the Action Plan for the Adriatic and Ionian macro-region (EUSAIR), ADRIPLAN pilot initiative, financed by DG MARE, started in December 2013 involving several administrations and public bodies of the Adriatic and Ionian basin. The aim of the initiative, that will have its first project event in Rijeka (HR) on 28 February 2014, is to deliver a commonly-agreed approach to cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region."

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Posted on February 6, 2014 - 12:01pm, by nwehner

Via Nature

"By Benjamin S. Halpern

Globally consistent surveys of five factors influencing the success of marine protected areas — age, size, isolation, protection and enforcement — reveal that only when all five are present does nature thrive."

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Posted on February 6, 2014 - 11:58am, by nwehner

Via Think Progress

"A Seattle wind company has gotten the go-ahead to develop plans for a 30-megawatt offshore wind pilot project off of Oregon’s Coos Bay, officials announced this week.

The project, developed by Principle Power, would employ five floating wind turbines about 15 miles off the coast of Oregon. Floating turbine technology has not been developed very much in U.S. before, but because the West Coast’s narrow continental shelf drops off more steeply than it does on the East Coast, wind turbines off the coast of Oregon can’t be anchored in the seabed. Once Principle Power submits its plans for the wind farm to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, that agency will do an environmental analysis of the proposed project and gather public comments before making its decision on whether or not to approve it."

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Posted on February 6, 2014 - 11:25am, by nwehner

WOC Encourages Private Sector Participation in U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Decadal Planning of Its Ocean Sciences Program

6 February 2014

WOC has been requested to help ensure ocean industry input to the Decadal Survey of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Ocean Sciences Program.

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Posted on February 6, 2014 - 11:21am, by nwehner

WASHINGTON, February 5, 2014 - Aquaculture – or fish farming – will provide close to two thirds of global food fish consumption by 2030 as catches from wild capture fisheries level off and demand from an emerging global middle class, especially in China, substantially increases.

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Posted on February 6, 2014 - 10:57am, by nwehner

Via the Jakarta Post

"The president of Palau declared Tuesday that his Pacific island nation will ban commercial fishing and become a marine sanctuary.

President Tommy Remengesau Jr. said in a keynote address to a U.N. meeting on "Healthy Oceans and Seas" that once current fishing contracts with Japan, Taiwan and some private companies expire only fishing by island residents and tourists will be allowed in its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone.

Remengesau said establishing "a 100 percent marine sanctuary" will enable Palau to preserve "a pristine environment" and promote snorkeling, scuba diving and ecotourism as an alternative way to grow its economy."