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OC Overview
Posted on July 17, 2018 - 12:05pm, by raye

‘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)

In the News
Posted on July 13, 2018 - 6:12pm, by abrown

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.

OC Overview
Posted on July 10, 2018 - 9:43am, by raye

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)

MPA News

Marine litter – and particularly its plastic component, commonly called ‘ocean plastic’ or ‘plastic pollution’ – is a hot topic now. Photos and television programs showing marine wildlife killed by plastic pollution have sparked public outcries.

MPA News

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.

MPA News

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.

MPA News

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. 

MPA News

By Anne Nelson

The effective management of MPA networks requires an array of elements. These include having adequate technical capacity of site managers, good science, committed leadership at multiple levels (sites, agencies, and policy makers), shared goals among MPAs, and monitoring of the network’s ecological effectiveness.

Importantly, it also requires good connectivity among site managers – in other words, a social network.

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