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By Angelo O’Connor Villagomez, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project senior officer

As more countries designate MPAs in their territories, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which for over 70 years has been the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to conserve it, has recently provided clarity to help countries more accurately report their MPAs to the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA).

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By Captain Joseph Ierna Jr.

It is time to challenge private and public sectors to direct funding resources to operate our protected areas. I am encouraged here at the ECLSP: we are on the forefront of setting standards in operating financially sustainable national parks, including eventually across The Bahamas’ national system of 32 sites. This is the future for protected areas.

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By Anne Nelson and the IMPACT team

Relationships built on trust between MPA management and stakeholders can strengthen community support for MPAs. By fostering such support, these relationships can help MPAs meet their management goals. 

Ideally the relationships extend broadly through local communities, resource users, and MPA managers and related agencies. Building relationships early and consistently across these groups can be a relatively simple, productive, and positive experience. Here are useful strategies we’ve observed from managers:

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Researchers rely on statistics in their work and p-values are a commonly used statistical tool, including in fisheries and marine conservation science (among many other fields). P-values are widely interpreted as a way to determine the probability that a null hypothesis is true or false. A p-value less than 0.05, for example, is often taken to mean an experiment’s findings are “significant” and the null hypothesis should therefore be assumed false. 

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Large meteorite lands in MPA

Add this to the tasks of an MPA manager: What do you do when a large meteorite lands in your MPA? The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS), off the Pacific coast of the US, asked that question in March 2018 when a two-ton space rock flew into Earth’s atmosphere, became a giant fireball, broke up into countless pieces, and crashed into the MPA’s waters. The impact was detected on seismometers nearly 3000 km away.

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on July 24, 2018 - 1:02pm, by StefanieS

Webinar Title: The Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program: science and products to inform coastal management and conservation

Date: August 16, 2016 at 2 PM EST

Register online at

Presented by Trevor Meckley and David Kidwell of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)

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Posted on July 19, 2018 - 1:35pm, by raye

Tony Amos, Director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute talks about the dangers of sea turtles and pelicans getting entangled in discarded fishing line. The basics of this video: recycle all fishing line. Visit for more information about marine debris, recycling fishing line, and what you can do to help. This video was made possible by the following partners: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (funded the project), Coastal Conservation Association of Texas, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Surfrider Foundation, Texas Sea Grant, National Parks Service, Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Amos Rehabilitation Keep, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and the Mission-Aransas Reserve.

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