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Posted on May 7, 2018 - 11:23am, by raye

A primer on what's needed in the UN high seas negotiations

Nature magazine offers a good primer on current management of the high seas (marine areas beyond national jurisdiction) and what’s needed from the forthcoming negotiations on a UN treaty to conserve them effectively. The article examines the challenges ahead, and hears from scientists concerned that the regulations that emerge might not be strict enough. (via Nature)

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Posted on April 30, 2018 - 9:15am, by nwehner

Australia Pledges Millions of Dollars in Bid to Rescue Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, pledged AU $500 million (US $379 million) to help the reef. Of these funds, AU $200 million would go to improving water quality, partially through reducing fertilizer runoff. AU $100 million would go directly to restoration and adaptation efforts (via New York Times). However, Australia is still planning to re-open many of its marine parks to fishing.

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When each of us faces a challenge in life, our first reaction is often to ask a trusted friend or colleague, “Have you also faced this? If so, how did you handle it?”

It’s the same in MPA planning and management. Practitioners face a common set of challenges – enforcement, engaging stakeholders, monitoring, fundraising, and more – and an array of solutions have been developed at sites worldwide. It benefits all practitioners for these solutions and other MPA knowledge to be shared widely.

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By Jon Day

The Representative Areas Program (RAP), which rezoned the entire Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in a single planning initiative, was at the time the most comprehensive process of community involvement and participatory planning for any environmental issue in Australia. The outcome was that one-third of the Marine Park was declared as highly protected no-take zones in 2004, with the remainder of the park also zoned to provide various levels of protection.

Many of the lessons learned from RAP remain relevant today. The following 25 lessons are excerpted from a paper published in Coastal Management journal in December 2017, “Effective public participation is fundamental for marine conservation – lessons from a large scale MPA”. The paper is available for free here. More detail on each of the lessons is in the paper.

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In a move that has been in the making for the past five years, the Australian government formally announced its plans in March 2018 to scale back protections for the nation’s system of marine parks. Overall, 80% of Australia’s marine park waters will now be open to commercial fishing, up from 63% under the system’s original design. And 97% of Commonwealth waters within 100 km of the coast will be open to recreational fishing.

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By Rene A. Abesamis, Silliman University - Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management

Knowing how far the larvae of fish species disperse can be invaluable to designing effective networks of MPAs. But in a developing nation like the Philippines, where over 1000 community-managed MPAs have been established over the past two decades, such science is often not available, particularly at the community level. So planners have often made educated guesses when planning their MPAs, based on traditional knowledge and what science could be accessed.

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