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Contact: Jordan Traverso, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, (916) 654-9937, Jordan.Traverso [at]

California Creates a Globally Significant Network of Marine Protected Areas

New Analyses Can Guide Similar Planning Endeavors

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Posted on April 15, 2013 - 9:20pm, by scosgrove

By Sean Cosgrove, Conservation Law Foundation, SCosgrove [at]

Those of us who have been watching the regional ocean planning process in New England evolve were happy to see the progress made at the second Northeast Regional Planning Body meeting last week. The group has convened through the National Ocean Policy to develop a region-wide ocean management plan. They gathered around the “big table” once again to push forward toward that goal.

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Posted on April 15, 2013 - 9:47am, by nwehner

Via Cape Town Green Map

Under the MPA there will be three zones: a 12 nautical mile sanctuary (no take) zone; four restricted zones, where fishing is limited; and a controlled zone to link the four restricted zones.

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Posted on April 11, 2013 - 12:02pm, by nwehner

Via Santa Cruz Sentinel

Environmentalists are touting what they see as a major step toward changing the way the federal government manages the ocean.

This week in Grants Pass, Ore., the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, an official advisory body to the Department of Commerce, voted unanimously to pursue a management plan for fisheries that takes into account the entire ecosystem, rather than a species-by-species approach.

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Posted on April 10, 2013 - 11:30am, by nwehner

Via BBC News

Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express "extreme concerns".

The agreement allows Taiwan to fish within 19km (12 miles) of the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

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Posted on April 9, 2013 - 10:36am, by nwehner

Via Business Day Live

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has declared South Africa’s first offshore marine protected area, spanning 180,000km² around the Southern Ocean’s Prince Edward and Marion islands, the Department of Environmental Affairs said on Tuesday.