In the past half-decade, the annual Our Ocean conference has become the primary venue for nations and NGOs to announce new commitments to more sustainable ocean management, including the designation of new MPAs.
By Kerry Sink and Tamsyn Livingstone
On 25 October 2018, South Africa announced that the nation’s Cabinet approved 20 new marine protected areas for designation in 2019. The announcement represented the long-awaited implementation of the Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy Marine Protected Area Network. This establishes South Africa as a leader in African ocean protection, and contributes to protection of both the Southeast Atlantic and the Southwest Indian Ocean – a uniquely South African opportunity!
These recent articles or preprints on MPA-related science and policy are all free to access.
Article: Passadore, C., Möller, L. M., Diaz-Aguirre, F., and Parra, G. J. Modelling Dolphin Distribution to Inform Future Spatial Conservation Decisions in a Marine Protected Area. Scientific Reports 8, (2018).
European Commission study finds MPAs create jobs and business opportunities
A new study by the European Commission finds that MPAs can generate an array of direct and indirect economic benefits – including jobs and business opportunities – for industry sectors and surrounding communities. As a result, well-managed MPAs should be viewed as being at the core of building a blue economy.
Scientists acknowledge key errors in study of how fast the oceans are warming
A recent Nature study found that the ocean absorbed 60% more heat per year than previously believed. In recent post-review, inaccuracies were discovered within the margin of error causing the percentage of heat in the ocean to be higher. (via The Washington Post)
The results of this survey were reported on in the following blogs:
MEAM has pulled together recent journal articles, reports, MEAM articles, and other resources that provide information about a range of tools for common marine management and conservation tasks. We hope this page will be useful for practitioners getting started with tools research.
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Suspending whale-watching tours, breaching dams recommended to save orcas
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee's Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force has compiled a list of thirty-six recommendations to strengthen the future outlook for this threatened population. These goals will focus on increasing numbers of chinook salmon, decreasing water contamination, and lessening vessel noise. (via KOMO News)
Climate-related drivers of change – such as ocean warming, acidification, and deoxygenation – will alter ocean conditions and lead to changes in marine ecosystem structure and functioning, as well as the redistribution of the services that the oceans provide (see Figure 1). As a consequence, human uses that rely on these services – fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism for example – will also undergo spatial and temporal changes at multiple scales. These changes will include local increases and decreases in intensity of uses and relocation of uses. Marine spatial planning (MSP) informs the distribution of ocean uses in space and time, and it will undoubtedly be affected by climate change at all scales ranging from global to local.
- World on track to reach 1.5°C warming by 2030-2052
- Morocco and Gambia only countries meeting Paris climate goals
- Oceans may be retaining more heat than previously estimated
- Study assesses potential for ocean-based measures to counter climate change (policy brief also available)
- European Parliament approves ban on single-use plastics
- Plastic creating new habitats and promoting invasibility of the deep sea
- Guidance for addressing land-sea interactions in MSP available
- New policy brief on implementing ecosystem-based approach in MSP available
- New tool provides free access to management-relevant ocean data
- Report compares costs and capabilities of marine monitoring techniques
- New database documents effectiveness of green infrastructure
- Materials for integrated coastal management training course available
- User guide created for EU MSP Platform