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By Maru Samuels, Iwi Collective Partnership

At the heart of the global conservation debate is conservation itself. There is an ideological conflict in the answer to the question, what is conservation?

Nowhere has the conflict been more evident than in the photos that adorned the Hawai'i Convention Centre, the venue for the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress.

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By jacp [at] (Jorge Antonio Castrejón Pineda), CONANP (adapted by MPA News)

High levels of marine productivity around National Park Isla Isabel — located off Mexico’s west coast — attract fishermen, who have used the park’s 1-km2 island as a temporary campsite for almost 100 years. In recent years, a growing number of fishermen and a lack of regulations on camping increased pressure on the island’s resources. Trees were chopped down for firewood. Native birds and reptiles were exploited. The land was used as an open-air sewer. To make matters worse, conflicts were arising between fishermen and national park operators.

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Canada closes two areas to bottom fishing

In September, Fisheries and Oceans Canada banned the use of bottom-contact fishing gear in two areas off the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The closures are designed to protect sensitive benthic areas, particularly the habitat for cold-water corals and sponges. Together the two new closed areas total more than 9000 km2. Background on the closures, including photos of colorful corals and sponges in the newly closed areas, is available here and here.

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Posted on October 27, 2016 - 8:58am, by nwehner

Via Ars Technica

"Global warming is partly to blame, according to a June study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Warmer ocean surface waters are leading to population booms of vibrio bacteria in waters where they naturally occur. And this is positively correlated with the boost in vibriosis cases in Northern Europe and the Atlantic coast of the US."

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Posted on October 27, 2016 - 8:35am, by nwehner

Via Shetland News

The new MPA is one of Scotland's first community-led MPA designation, with the full support of the Shetland Fishermen’s Association and the local community.