Creating a new marine management or conservation plan? You can learn what others have done in the past – build on their research and experiences and avoid making the same mistakes – using the new Conservation Planning Database. The database has just been launched with 163 peer-reviewed papers on 155 marine systematic conservation planning exercises worldwide. The database can help planners find relevant conservation plans from all over the world including their local area, help scientists study trends in conservation planning, and help donors and NGOs identify regions where little conservation planning has been done.
Following the October 2018 article on marine ecosystem restoration, MEAM also had the opportunity to interview Rohani Ambo-Rappe, a lecturer at Hasanuddin University in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. She shared her experiences and advice from her work on seagrass restoration in the region. She can be contacted at rohani.amborappe [at] gmail.com for further information.
Startling new research finds large buildup of heat in the oceans, suggesting a faster rate of global warming
The ocean is discovered to yearly intake 60% more heat than previously known. In previous news, the IPCC warned that the earth can only warm 1.5 degrees celsius more before serious damage occurs. Having already warmed 1 degree celsius, the ability to keep our warming to less than .5 is going to be even more difficult. If these results can be retested and are found to be reliable, it would mean that much greater action is needed to help our planet (via The Washington Post)
By Rachel Jones
On 11 September 2018 the Bertarelli Foundation hosted its first Marine Science Symposium at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The event was a showcase for the first full year of activities in the Bertarelli Programme in Marine Science – a program that focuses entirely on the 644,000-km2 British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) marine protected area, which includes the Chagos Archipelago.
By Anne Nelson and the IMPACT team
Our IMPACT training team has spent a lot of time lately on building capacity for good governance. Good governance may be viewed as applying a set of internationally accepted principles for governing protected areas. These include equity, inclusivity, accountability, efficiency, responsiveness, transparency, and more.1 MPAs that effectively apply these good governance principles can have sustained support and resiliency, and can meet multiple community and conservation goals.
These recent articles or preprints on MPA-related science and policy are all free to access.
Preprint: Voyer, M., et al. Shades of blue: what do competing interpretations of the Blue Economy mean for oceans governance? Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 20, 595 - 616 (2018).
Commercial fishing moratorium in central Arctic Ocean is signed
Eight nations met in Greenland in October to sign a historic formal agreement, first announced in November 2017, that bans commercial fishing across much of the Arctic for the next 16 years.
A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history
In another case of “are you serious, how has this been happening??” Taylor Energy, an oil company, is reported to have failed in informing both the public and government officials about a consistent oil spill, and has since being found continuing to lie as to the amount of oil being dispersed. This comes at the same time that President Trump approves a controversial plan for oil drilling along Alaskan federal waters, hiring a somewhat less than reputable oil company. (via Washington Post)
Dornoch Firth: Extinct oyster reefs restoration starts
The endangered European oyster is trying to make its way home. This is not the doing of researchers or scientists, but was kick started by the Glenmorangie Distillery which sits above the Dornoch Firth. Dornoch Firth historically was home to a large European oyster reef that has since been farmed away. The owners of Glenmorangie Distillery hope to replant this reef to use as a natural filter that will help to clear any discharge created through the distilling process. (via bbc)
Marine ecosystem restoration – such as reconstructing saltmarshes that have been lost to human development, replanting coastal mangrove forests that have been degraded, and enhancing the structural complexity of damaged reefs – is an emerging field that seeks to move ecosystems to healthier states, often with the goal of increasing their ability to provide ecosystem services.