News and Updates
Via NT News
"The Australian Marine Conservation Society is calling on the Territory Government to put marine conservation first, after the paper, commissioned by the group, valued the coastline’s worth."
Via The Inertia
"Another issue the project’s critics pose is that the Ocean Cleanup Project takes away from the real problem: the amount of plastic that enters the ocean. “It’s not the best solution,” Marcus Eriksen of the LA-based 5 Gyres Institute told Science. “In fact, it’s a distraction from the work going on upstream.”"
May 23rd 2017 at 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time (9 am PDT; 1 pm ADT; 4 pm UTC). This webinar has two aims; firstly, it gives account of historical traits of the origin as well as on current debates on Rights Based Approaches (RBA) to the management of coastal resources; secondly, it addresses the context of RBA of three Mexican Caribbean case studies - Punta Allen, Mahahual and Xcalak in which RBA to coastal resources are currently in place. The analysis is based on FAO’s rights-based use and management approach (Orensanz and Seijo 2013). Our results show that the case studies include a diversity of use and management rights including: (1) rights of use and community co-management to particular fishing areas; (2) rights of access to particular snorkeling and SCUBA areas for tourism; and (3) rights to use coastal resources (e.g., discarded shells) to make arts and crafts. The recorded RBAs have been evolving, from open access to community co-managed access rights during the last four decades. The three case studies analyzed show different institutional arrangements responding either to the presence or absence of natural protected areas in place, local contexts, status of coastal marine resources, and governance capacities in place.
IMBIZO5 will follow the proven format of three concurrent but interacting workshops, with joint plenary and poster sessions. To optimize interactions, each workshop will be limited to 40 participants, selected on the relevance of the submitted abstracts (so you must submit an abstract to be considered).
The plenary keynote presenters are: Eddie Allison (University of Washington), Mary Ann Moran (University of Georgia) and André Punt (University of Washington)
The themes of the workshops and the conveners are :
- Critical constraints on future projections of marine systems (Laurent Bopp & Eric Galbraith)
- Metabolic diversity and evolution in marine biogeochemical cycling and ocean ecosystem processes (Gerhard Herndl & Tatiana Rynearson)
- Management Strategy Evaluation: Achieving transparency in natural resource management by quantitatively bridging social and natural science uncertainties (Cisco Werner & Ingrid van Putten)
Via The News Minute
"India is all set to opt for automatic observation of pollution in the ocean to crunch data that will aid the tourism industry and could also come in handy in countering allegations levelled by developed nations against the country being a major polluter, according to a scientist."
"Carlos Martín, an engineer with the Urban Institute, and Peter Meyer, an economist with the E.P. Systems Group, an environmental and economic research firm, posted a joint resignation letter on Twitter, saying they were standing down to protest the agency’s decision to remove the scientists."
Via NOAA Sanctuaries
"Can't get to your national marine sanctuaries? Thanks to the wonders of 360-degree photography and virtual reality, these underwater treasures now are as close as the tips of your fingers. NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has launched a virtual dive gallery, complete with immersive 360-degree views of five national marine sanctuaries: American Samoa, Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, Gray's Reef, and Thunder Bay."
"Kiwi Captain Pete Bethune and a group of Philippine Navy Special Forces recently apprehended a pirate fishing vessel while allegedly fishing illegally with “Danish Seine” trawling equipment. Such active fishing gear was banned in 2014 in the Philippines due to its destructive nature."