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Article:Marine protected areas need accountability not wasted dollars”, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 27, 4 - 9 (2017)

Finding: MPAs are largely assessed on a single numerical target (total area), and inconsistent self-identification adds an extra level of opaqueness and bias. The consequence is an unaccountable and under-performing system of MPAs worldwide. Ineffective MPAs should be screened out; MPAs’ effectiveness should be improved where possible; and investment should be redirected toward the largest gaps in the network.

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Are you looking for the IMPAC4 website?

The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) will be held 4-8 September 2017 in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile. Are you looking for the official website? Click here. The Google search engine is not yet ranking the site highly, making it difficult to find. So please help spread the word – thanks.

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 1:19pm, by abrown

Via Phys.org

"Scientists have generally seen  as more "connected", with currents mixing species in a constant genetic melting pot. But researchers at the University of Exeter have discovered the truth may be more complex, and some species could be just as disconnected as those divided by mountains or motorways. They studied two species of soft coral, and in one - the pink sea fan - they found distinct genetic differences between those living in different places."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 12:59pm, by abrown

Via The Scientist

"With the March for Science on the horizon, researchers are debating whether overt displays of science advocacy may help or harm public perception of science. And when scientists have a question, they typically approach it with data. John Kotcher and colleagues at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, published a study on the subject last month (February 26) in Environmental Communication."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 12:51pm, by abrown
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Via Honolulu Civil Beat

"The Republican who chairs the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources has teamed up with a congresswoman from American Samoa to lobby President Donald Trump to open all marine monuments, including those in the Hawaii area, to commercial fishing."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 11:16am, by nwehner
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Via BuzzFeed News

"As the Trump administration sows doubt over vaccines, climate science, and environmental protections offered by agencies like the EPA, lawmakers are now taking aim at the otherwise uncontroversial research on tracking the movement and abundance of ocean life."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 10:56am, by nwehner
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Via Hakai Magazine

"The United States’ first major fisheries management legislation, the Magnuson-Stevens Act of 1976, enshrined single-species management in law by setting individual catch limits. “Once that happens, it’s really difficult to make progressive changes,” Fogarty says."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 10:52am, by nwehner

Via ESA

"Fishers gave two main reasons for poaching: their belief that there would be higher catches in reserves and that the probability of detection was low. This suggests that extolling certain ecological benefits of reserves in places where enforcement is limited could actually encourage poaching. We suggest that increasing the perceived risk of detection (i.e. naming and shaming offenders, or publicizing new detection technologies such as drones or night vision) may help to stem the rising tide of poaching on the Great Barrier Reef."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 10:26am, by nwehner

Via The Verge

"To save coral reefs around the world, global temperatures need to level off or decline, according to a new study of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) over the past 20 years. Warming waters are the key driver of mass bleaching, the study found. As the world continues to heat up, these bleaching events will become more frequent and more severe, putting the future of coral reefs at risk."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 10:21am, by nwehner

Via The New York Times

"Huge sections of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching across hundreds of miles of its most pristine northern sector, were recently found to be dead, killed last year by overheated seawater. More southerly sections around the middle of the reef that barely escaped then are bleaching now, a potential precursor to another die-off that could rob some of the reef’s most visited areas of color and life."

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