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Via The Fiji Times
"Eight districts within the province of Bua now have their own natural resource management plans aimed at managing marine and forest ecosystems wisely. [...]
Dr Mangubhai said after the launch of the plans, the next step included incorporating all the district plans into a provincial level Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) plan."
"It’s a scorching midsummer day, and the sawgrass is still under a pale blue sky. Waist-deep in water and sinking slowly into the muck, I fend off mosquitos as a man from South Florida’s Water Management District mixes a bag of salt into a hot tub-sized bucket on the side of the road. Thirty feet away in the marsh, another city official wearing waders and a bug hat stands on a narrow steel walkway, dangling the end of a long hose over a plexiglass chamber.
The experiment seems innocuous enough. Seawater is being added to a freshwater wetland, and scientists are observing what happens. The grim subtext is that this same experiment is about to play out in real life and on an enormous scale, from here in the southern Everglades, to Miami forty miles east, to the Florida Keys due south. If scientists are correct, much of South Florida will be underwater by the end of the century."
Ever heard of the phrase, the Twitter fire-hose? That’s a colloquialism for all the data coming out of Twitter. And there’s a lot of data! Roughly 50-times the data available via the standard stream. On average, there are over 6,000 tweets sent each second. And that’s only Twitter we’re talking about here. Just think of how many Facebook and Instagram posts, snaps, and emails are sent each second (hint: it’s well over 1.3 million, every second, even accounting for the fact that about 50% of emails sent are spam).
Let’s say you read the last two blogs in this series: you have done some research in collaboration with a protected-area manager, it has clear management implications, the academic journal article is freely-available online, and you’ve written a short one-pager for the management audience. How are you supposed to share your work when you’re competing with the unfathomable amount of data your audience (and you!) are sifting through every second of every day?
"After several unsuccessful attempts, a fishing vessel that ran aground on a reef in American Samoa in April has finally been removed.
The No. 1 Ji Hyun lost power on the April 14 while on a charter run to Manua for the American Samoa Power Authority, when it ran aground in a marine sanctuary near Aunuu Island."
"A diver has taken to Facebook to express his dismay that the seabed at Mgarr ix-Xini turned from a litter-free area into one full of wet-wipes, discarded fish bones, tin foil and hundreds of cigarette butts during the Santa Marija week.
Posting before (above, left) and after (right) photos, Pete Bullen writes what he says is an open letter to the yachting and boating community in which he tells them they should be “ashamed of themselves” for spoiling what is, after all a marie protected area."
"Greece currently has 403 sites listed under the Natura 2000 network, representing 27.1 percent of the country’s total expanse of 35,747 square kilometers. Of these, 152 include marine sections of larger areas and just 16 are entirely marine areas, representing just 6 percent of the country’s total sea area. This absence of protection was noted two years ago in the EU’s last review on the implementation of community directives for the protection of flora and fauna.
The Environment Ministry responded this summer by submitting a list of 100 areas it recommends for inclusion in the Natura network. These are both new sites and extensions of areas that already enjoy protection as the locations of endangered or at risk species or ecosystems. The list represents 1.93 million hectares of marine territory and 47,400 hectares of landmass."
"Ick-factor aside, it appears that fish urine plays an important role in coral reef ecosystems. Previous research (which too, I was unaware of) has shown that reefs wouldn’t exist without the phosphorous that’s released into the water when fish pee, as well as the nitrogen excreted as ammonium through the gills of fish. This nutrient supply from fish is crucial to the survival and growth of coral reefs.
Now a new study has established what should be an obvious corollary: In coral reef areas that have been overfished, nearly half of these key nutrients are absent from the ecosystem."
Via Hartford Courant
"The leaders of eight U.S. regional fisheries management councils have written to Obama warning that creation of the proposed marine monument would ignore federal mandates to "achieve optimum yield from the nation's fishery resources and may negatively impact jobs and recreational opportunities."
The letter warns that creation of the marine monument could shift fishing operations to less sustainable areas, and that any designation of a protected marine habitat needs have lots of open consideration and public input of the kind the regional councils already provide."
"I, Bomo Edith Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, hereby publish for public comment, the Draft Marine Spatial Planning Framework, as set out in the enclosure hereto.