Please join Marine Conservation Institute to eat, drink, dance, and learn about our work to protect marine biodiversity on July 23 at Lagunitas Brewing Company Taproom in Petaluma, CA (1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954). Our colleagues and collaborators from Marine Applied Research and Exploration and the Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation will cohost.
‘Decolonizing conservation’: Q&A with PNG marine activist John Aini
It's time to start trusting that there are just as good or better ways to approach conservation than just the western perspective. In order to properly protect or enhance protections on critical areas we should be listening and utilizing as much information that can be gathered from the people who know the areas best. (via Mongabay)
We are working to organize a special issue or a special theme section for the journal Estuaries and Coasts focused on shallow water mapping. We would like to cordially invite you to contribute a manuscript to this special issue/section that will serve to highlight and promote our research as a unified group. Any research relevant to the field of shallow water mapping is welcome (see below for examples). The term “shallow water” here refers to depths less than 30ft (10m), though exceptions may be made.
Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing
It is still unknown why the resident orca pods within the Salish Sea are dying. There are many possible theories, ranging from: pollutants from nearby cities to increase in marine traffic. A leading thought is the deaths are driven by loss of the orca's main food source, the Chinook Salmon. The Chinook or King Salmon is the largest salmon found in the Salish Sea and similarly to the resident orcas, is endangered. (Via The New York Times)
Trump Accepts the Resignation of Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. Chief
Happy birthday America, Scott Pruitt has resigned as acting Chief of the EPA. Will his replacement be much better? Mostly likely not, but we shall see. (via New York Times)
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific knowledge on marine litter and ocean plastics. It is based in part on a longer, more detailed article from November 2017 by MPA News’ affiliated service Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM).
If you are interested in this topic, please note that OCTO – the organization that produces MPA News and MEAM – also runs the global discussion list on marine litter and ocean plastics: MarineDebris.Info. It is a thriving community. In April 2018, for example, there were over 170 member posts to the list. To subscribe to the MarineDebris.Info email discussion list, click here.
By Carlos A. Espinosa and Néstor J. Windevoxhel
The challenges facing coastal and marine protected areas in Central America remain as serious as ever. And in some ways they are getting worse.
In last month’s MPA News, we examined the ongoing debate over the value of large vs. small MPAs: whether MPA designations should focus on large offshore sites or smaller inshore ones. This debate has been going on for many years, and we’ve reported on aspects of it several times.