"An expert in marine sanctuaries is warning huge marine protected areas like the one planned by New Zealand's government around the Kermadec Islands could actually be undermining conservation efforts. There has been huge uptick in efforts to seal off parts of ocean to fishing and mineral extraction recently, but Dr Peter Jones, an expert in marine protected areas at University College London, says they are being focused on remote parts of the ocean where very little fishing and drilling actually happens."
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"An ambitious two-week mission involving ten marine robots has commenced off northwest Scotland. The third in a series of demonstrator missions, this latest phase sees the largest fleet of marine robotic vehicles simultaneously deployed in UK waters. The mission comprises seven submarine gliders and three surface Wave Gliders that are working together in fleets to collect a range of environmental data."
Via CBC News
"The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans wants to double the number of marine protected areas around Nova Scotia next year.
DFO is holding a series of consultation meetings with the public to get feedback to the idea.
It identified 52 special areas within the 475,000-square-kilometre region along Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast and in the Bay of Fundy that are in the running for the designation including the Sambro Ledges, Port Joli and Eastern Shore islands."
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"President Obama signed a presidential memorandum Wednesday establishing that climate-change impacts must be factored into the development of all national security-related doctrine, policies and plans.
The move signals Obama’s determination to exercise his executive authority during his final months in office to elevate the issue of climate in federal decision-making, even though it remains unclear whether his successor will embrace this approach."
"A team of scientists led by Plymouth University and the University of Exeter examined the feeding behaviours of breeding northern gannets (Morus bassanus) in the Celtic Sea.
They showed that in the majority of cases, the birds performed shallow and short dives with less swimming when at ocean fronts, signifying the possible presence of abundant food closer to the water's surface."
"The “blue” economy looks to balance ocean wealth and ocean health by sustainably managing ocean assets (e.g. fish stocks, coral reefs, etc.) and ecosystem services (e.g. coastal protection, the potential for carbon capture, oxygen production). And according to the new report by the World Bank Toward a Blue Economy: A Promise for Sustainable Growth in the Caribbean in collaboration with key partners including The Commonwealth Secretariat, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, millions of people in the region could benefit.
The Caribbean Sea directly supports the economies of 37 coastal and small island states and territories. Notably, the ocean economy generates a fifth of the total GDP of the island states and territories in the region. And we believe this is an underestimate."
Via NZ Herald
"Te Ohu Kaimoana will hold off on legal action over the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary while the Maori Party and the Government try to salvage a solution to the impasse over the sanctuary.
Talks between Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Maori Fisheries Commission) and the Government collapsed last week and TOKM said it intended to progress with legal action to try to stop the removal of Maori fishing rights by the legislation setting up the sanctuary."
"Prime Minister John Key has now effectively confirmed the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary will be put on ice indefinitely if an agreement with the Maori Party over fishing rights cannot be reached.
Speaking from New York yesterday, Key said there was strong support for the marine sanctuary among Pakeha and many Maori but he was not willing to risk instability for his government over it."
"Travelers’ fears of missing out (i.e. FOMO) on the chance to come face-to-face with a blue-footed booby in the Galapagos Islands or to fight off the pigeons in Venice’s Piazza San Marco are encouraging more of them to visit those very hard-to-preserve places. Called “last chance tourism” the phenomenon leads travelers to flock to a delicate sites, threatening them even further.
A survey published last month (pdf) found a major reason for tourists visiting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was to see it before it completely disappeared. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and has suffered from widespread coral bleaching, the result of too-warm water and other environmental stresses. The research report entitled, “Last Chance Tourism and the Great Barrier Reef,” published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, also found that almost half of the 235 respondents said they were very concerned about the impact of tourism on the reef."