News and Updates

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 20, 2016 - 3:40pm, by nwehner


"BOEM is pleased to announce that Denmark and the United States have signed a memorandum to strengthen cooperation on offshore wind energy projects.

On May 4, 2016 at the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C., Danish Ambassador Lars Gert Lose and BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to recognize their countries' common interests in developing offshore wind as a clean and sustainable energy source."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 20, 2016 - 10:25am, by nwehner

Via the Northeast Regional Planning Body

"Please hold Wednesday, May 25, from noon to 2 pm for a Webinar convened by the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB). The purpose of this Webinar will be to:

Announce the availability of the draft Northeast regional ocean plan.

Describe the public comment process and opportunities to discuss the draft.

Provide a brief overview of the draft."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 19, 2016 - 2:04pm, by nwehner

Date/Time: Thursday, May 26 2016 from 1-4pm Pacific

Where: Room 4134 A & B, Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen, WA

Virtual attendee information:

RSVP to Libby.Whiting at
GoToMeeting participant link
Meeting ID and Access code: 466-738-424
Call in for audio: 619-550-0004

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 19, 2016 - 10:33am, by nwehner


"In a written response on 5 May, Pew's Washington-based executive vice president Joshua Reichert told TOKM the law-making is left to the authorities. [...]

"I apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding that may have arisen about this, but we have always maintained that the definition of these rights is a government process subject to treaties and relevant domestic law.""

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 18, 2016 - 12:07pm, by nwehner

Via The Borneo Post

"Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and WWF-Malaysia collaborated to organise a seminar and training on Introduction to Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) to address the turtle-fishing conflict in Terengganu yesterday. [...]

Turtle-fishing conflict, on the other hand, refers to direct catch, by-catch, use of illegal fishing gears, and ghost nets by local and foreign fishermen, which could be detrimental to the marine ecosystem."

In the News
Posted on May 17, 2016 - 1:37pm, by nwehner

Nassau, May 12, 2016 – Organized by The Bahamas National Trust and MPA Enforcement International, staff from six organisations took part this week in joint marine law enforcement training.  

The training addresses practical skills to help park wardens, fisheries officers, Police and Defence Force build public compliance with the rules and regulations that seek to ensure the sustainable use of the marine natural resources of The Bahamas. 

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 17, 2016 - 1:31pm, by nwehner

Via Rare

"With landmark government action demonstrating the effectiveness of social marketing and the Fish Forever formula, Belize became the first country in the world to nationally adopt Managed Access, a rights-based approach to small-scale fishing. Belize’s Managed Access program enables the country’s coastal communities to recover their near-shore fisheries and ultimately fish more productively.

Bigger than Belize itself, the small nation’s passage of the approach signals a global breakthrough for sustainability: Nations with millions of coastal people critically dependent on the small-scale fishing sector can look to the Belizean Managed Access experience as a case study in creating sustainable fisheries. It also concretely demonstrates the potential of the Fish Forever solution, which seeks to partner to achieve similar results in the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil and Mozambique."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 17, 2016 - 8:40am, by nwehner

Via Vox

"About 11 billion tons of stuff gets carried around the world every year by large ships. Clothes, flat-screen TVs, grain, cars, oil — transporting these goods from port to port is what makes the global economy go 'round.

And now there's a great way to visualize this entire process, through this stunning interactive map from the UCL Energy Institute."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 17, 2016 - 8:35am, by nwehner

Via The Citizen

"A combined operation between the SA Police Service (SAPS), SA Revenue Service (Sars), the departments of home affairs (immigration) and agriculture, forestry and fisheries (Daff) this past weekend resulted in nine people being arrested, their fishing vessel confiscated and multiple criminal charges laid in Cape Town. [...]

“It is going to be interesting to see how this is explained away. How are they going to explain transponders being switched off in the marine-protected areas? How are they going to explain eyewitness observations of giant spotlights pointed towards the backs of the boats as they were moving?” said Viaene."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on May 17, 2016 - 8:12am, by nwehner


"Fish provide protein to billions of people and are an especially critical food source in the developing world. Today marine biologists confirmed a key factor that could help them thrive through the coming decades: biodiversity. Communities with more fish species are more productive and more resilient to rising temperatures and temperature swings, according to a new study from the Smithsonian's Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network and other international institutions.

The accelerating loss and rearrangement of species all over the globe have troubled scientists and the public for decades. But the question of whether biodiversity offers practical value—for humans and ecosystems—remained controversial. The new study, published May 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers the most thorough proof yet that preserving marine biodiversity can benefit people as much as it benefits the oceans."