Alaska Airlines ends use of non-recyclable plastic straws
Alaska Airlines is saying STOP to plastic straws. Partnering with environmental group Lonely Whale, Alaska airlines will no longer be providing plastic straws to customers, instead opting for compostable alternatives. In 2017 alone, Alaska airlines distributed "roughly 22 million plastic stir straws and citrus picks". (via The Hill)
An opinion piece published in the New York Times in March 2018 – “Bigger Is Not Better for Ocean Conservation” – raised anew the issue of whether MPA designations should focus on large offshore sites or smaller inshore ones. The author, Luiz Rocha of the California Academy of Sciences, called the trend of designating large offshore MPAs disturbing, and recommended such protection should not come before coastal waters are secured.
By Jeff Ardron
One unseasonably warm April afternoon this year in London, I sat in a packed media center watching five foreign ministers from Commonwealth countries explain why their governments were going to become ‘Commonwealth Blue Charter Champions.’ It was a pinch-me moment. One full day before fifty-three Commonwealth Heads of Government were due to adopt the Commonwealth Blue Charter, and already ministers were stepping forward to lead on it!
By Carlos A. Espinosa
The colors and warmth of the tropics make Central America unforgettable. These rich, vibrant coastal landscapes have inspired marine scientists, foreign visitors, and local inhabitants alike in their efforts to protect and conserve the most pristine marine zones throughout the region, on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides.
These recent articles or preprints on MPA-related science and policy are all free to access.
Article: Davies, T. E. et al. “Assessing trade-offs in large marine protected areas.” PLOS ONE 13, e0195760 (2018)
Study: Due to global warming, today’s MPAs could be uninhabitable to most of their current species by year 2100
The Big Picture: The continuing debate over the value of large vs. small MPAs, and what it means for the field
MPA News wades back into the long-running debate over large offshore MPAs vs. small nearshore ones, and whether countries should stop designating the former to focus on the latter, as some individuals suggest. Several experts tell the newsletter, though, “It’s not an either/or - we need to do both. Just smartly.” (via MPA News)
Learn how scientists are mining social media for marine conservation and management.
MEAM and you, an infographic
Latest news and resources for ocean planners and managers for the month of May 2018.