News and Updates

In the News
Posted on June 13, 2012 - 12:28pm, by nwehner

A new multi-media channel launched on Friday, June 8th in the run up to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Providing rolling updates on ocean issues, the platform will begin broadcasting news coverage from Rio+20 on June 16th until the end of the Summit on the 22nd.

Using interviews with experts attending the Summit, scientists and delegates, the platform will access all areas of the proceedings to report on how measures to preserve the ocean are faring and how well the Summit is looking after the planet’s circulatory system.

In the News
Posted on June 12, 2012 - 9:32am, by nwehner

Help celebrate World Oceans Day 2012, with the official iPhone app of the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme.

Explore and learn about the 45 World Heritage marine sites recognized by the international community for their Outstanding Universal Value and inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. These exceptional marine places are the flagship sites among all 6,000 MPAs on our planet and benefit from high level protection under the iconic 1972 World Heritage Convention.

In the News
Posted on June 12, 2012 - 8:33am, by nwehner

The Nature Conservancy is soliciting a request for proposals to characterize fisheries off the coasts of Oregon and Washington as a backdrop for making future investments in collaborative conservation projects with fishermen and industry partners. This is a quick turn-around project that will not require new data collection. Proposal requirements are fairly simple, but proposals must be submitted by June 22, 2012.

Download the RFP (PDF)

In the News
Posted on June 8, 2012 - 9:44am, by nwehner

California Department of Fish and Game News Release

June 6, 2012

Media Contacts:

Richard Stapler, Natural Resources Agency, (916) 653-9402

Jordan Traverso, Department of Fish and Game, (916) 654-9937

North Coast Marine Protected Areas Adopted in Final Coastal Ocean Region
Fish and Game Commission Completes Network Along Open Coast

In the News
Posted on June 8, 2012 - 8:13am, by nwehner

Critical Ocean Resources at Risk: New Report Finds Federal Government Falls Short on Ocean Management While States Step Up to Implement National Ocean Policy

June 6, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) – The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released its 2012 U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card today, praising state and regional efforts to implement the National Ocean Policy that is critical to our national security, coastal economies and the health of our ocean resources. While commending solid steps taken by the Administration to begin implementation, it highlights that overall, implementation has fallen short of expectations and Congress has not shown leadership on the issue.

At the press conference, which took place during Capitol Hill Oceans Week, the Joint Initiative urged the Senate to take action on the Law of the Sea Convention and called for national leadership to ensure that we can effectively manage the ocean resources that sustain our nation.

In the News
Posted on June 4, 2012 - 4:57pm, by nwehner

Rhode Island Sea Grant hosted the 11th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. from May 13-16, 2012.

The symposium featured presentations on marine spatial planning, also referred to as smart ocean planning or maritime spatial planning, from approximately 40 experts from around the world. Participants discussed the status of their country or region's spatial planning initiatives, lessons learned, successes, failures, and other information to determine best practices for ocean planning practitioners.

MPA News

Money is a limiting factor for most marine protected areas. Whether located in the developed or developing world, and whether financed by government or private parties, most MPAs report budget shortfalls: they do not have the funds to address all their needs.