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In late April, US President Donald Trump issued two executive orders that carry potentially significant implications for several of the country’s MPAs, including its largest ones. Both orders could lead to weakened protection for sites.

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These recent articles on MPA-related science and policy are all open access.

Article:An appeal for a code of conduct for marine conservation”, Marine Policy 81, 411-418 (2017)

Finding: Poor governance and social issues can jeopardize the legitimacy and long-term effectiveness of marine conservation practices, including MPAs. This paper reviews key principles and identifies next steps in developing fair social standards and a related code of conduct for marine conservation.

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Nominees requested for Kenton Miller Award, recognizing innovation in MPA practice

The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is requesting nominations for this year's Kenton Miller Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated innovative approaches for effective protected areas. For this year's award, WCPA is limiting nominees to those working in the MPA field specifically. It is the first time WCPA has focused the award on marine innovation. 

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Posted on May 15, 2017 - 7:11pm, by abrown

Via Science Daily

"The cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa is able to counteract negative effects of ocean acidification under controlled laboratory conditions when water temperature rises by a few degrees at the same time. Whether this will also be possible in the natural habitat depends on the degree of change in environmental conditions, researchers argue."

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Posted on May 15, 2017 - 2:36pm, by abrown
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Via The New York Times

"Times Square Attractions Live has leased 60,000 square feet in the basement and subbasement of the former Times headquarters, 229 West 43rd Street, where it plans to open “National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey” in October. "

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