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Posted on February 8, 2016 - 10:48am, by nwehner

Via The Tribune

"Volunteers are needed to fill 18 seats on the advisory council for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the country. 

The marine sanctuary stretches along 276 miles of coastline from Cambria to north of San Francisco, encompassing 6,094 square miles of ocean.

The council’s 20 participants include 13 primary and alternate members, plus seven representatives of governmental agencies. Members are selected based on their expertise and experience, community and professional affiliations, and knowledge regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applications to serve on the council are due by Feb. 29."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on February 8, 2016 - 10:29am, by nwehner


"The decision to hold off putting in place an order which would limit some forms of fishing followed a meeting on Thursday.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead met with representatives from Mallaig and North West Fishermen's Association.

It was agreed that a delay would allow for further discussions."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on February 8, 2016 - 10:24am, by nwehner

Via The Star Online

"A picture of a reef shark killed by fishing nets within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Park has sparked calls for immediate action to restrict fishing within the marine park.

In describing the incident as"appalling," Sabah Shark Protection Association (SSPA) president Aderick Chong said action must be taken against those fishing in the protected area as it is an offence under the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Enactment 1984."

In the News
Posted on February 8, 2016 - 9:58am, by EBM Tools

Registration is now open!

Coastal-Marine EBM Tools Training
April 19-22, 2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Join the EBM Tools Network in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from April 19-22 for a Coastal-Marine EBM Tools Training event.  The training is intended for all coastal and marine conservation and management practitioners and will cover tools and methods for:

  • Integrated Land-Sea Planning
  • Marine Spatial Planning/Marine Protected Area Planning
  • Marine Protected Area Management
  • Coastal Resilience and Climate Adaptation.

The event is being held in conjunction with NatureServe’s Biodiversity Without Boundaries (BWB) conference that begins on April 18. Combined registration for both events is available.

In the News
Posted on February 8, 2016 - 9:43am, by pstauffer

The Washington Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) is holding their next meeting at the Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners Room on February 10th to further develop the state's marine spatial plan (MSP). 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Location: Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners Chambers, 111 S. Wooding St. Aberdeen, WA

Download Full Agenda: 2 10 16 WCMAC Agenda Final Draft

This meeting includes further discussion on draft recommendations that will help to shape the marine spatial plan that is currently being drafted. Draft maps will be presented that include data sets collected for this process like fisheries log book data, recreational use data, and shipping routes. The meeting will also focus on the potential for additional seafloor mapping work to be done in collaboration with NOAA, more information can be found in this discussion guide: seafloor mapping discussion guide_021016_v4

In the News

12th meeting of the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee

Working together for the future of Mediterranean Wetlands

Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris (France), 7 – 10 February 2016

The French Ministry of Ecology will host the 12th Meeting of the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee in Paris on 7-10 February 2016 at the Palais de la Porte Dorée.

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on February 5, 2016 - 8:33am, by nwehner

Via St. Lucia News Online

"The UNDP/GEF Project “CLME+:  Catalysing Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of shared Living Marine Resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems” (GEF ID5542; 2015-2020) is  a  5-year  project  that  aims to  facilitate  the  implementation of  a 10-year, politically  endorsed Strategic  Action  Programme on  the  marine  environment.

The project seeks to achieve this by enabling a progressive transition to ecosystem  based management and an ecosystem  approach to  fisheries  (EBM/EAF) in  the region, in  such  a  way  that  a  sustainable and  climate-resilient  provision of goods  and services from living marine resources can be secured."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on February 4, 2016 - 9:57am, by nwehner


"The first of five public consultations kick off in Blenheim on February 11.

A further meeting later in the day would discuss the proposed Marlborough Sounds recreational fishing park.

Other meetings would be held in Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Thames."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on February 4, 2016 - 9:23am, by nwehner

Via The Guardian

"President Joko Widodo’s plan to establish Indonesia as a ‘global maritime axis’ took a step forward last week as US ambassador Robert Blake announced a partnership programme to help improve marine law enforcement and sustainable fisheries management in the world’s largest archipelagic nation. 

According to the World Bank, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF) costs an estimated $20 billion in lost revenue annually. Around a quarter of these losses occur in Indonesia, whose fishing industry is second only to China in size."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on February 3, 2016 - 10:26am, by nwehner

Via WBUR Boston

"There is an effort to designate Cashes Ledge — a historically important fishing area — as a national marine monument. This would require a presidential order and would effectively close the area to all commercial activity. [...]

The New England Fisheries Management Council — which regulates the fisheries — already closed Cashes Ledge to most fishing 13 years ago. The council is now weighing heightened environmental protections for parts of the Cashes Ledge’s closed area."