News and Updates
"This month we have seen two anti-ocean planning policy riders introduced in Congress: Section 505 of the House FY18 Energy & Water Appropriations bill and Section 435 of the House Interior & Environment Appropriations bill. We will not be surprised to see more in the coming weeks, as the House takes up additional spending bills."
"The Global MSP Inventory was developed by UNEP-WCMC to support the European Commision Study on international best practices in cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning. The inventoryy was designed to provide an up-to-date characterisation of MSP Processes outside of Europe, and to enable a simple analysis of characteristics of MSP processes. The Global MSP Inventory uses information from the UN Environment's 'MSP in Practice Initiative' and its associated database of MSP processes."
"A new Scripps Oceanography center will include labs, classrooms — and a test kitchen, where chefs and scientists will develop tasty, marketable dishes from sustainable seafood."
Rhode Island's efforts to pioneer ocean planning are front and center for a European Union (EU) project that developed several case studies, including one on the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean Plan) to examine the varied means by which coastal communities are managing, protecting and enhancing marine resources – many of them tied to food and jobs – for more people than ever before. Jennifer McCann, of the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant, served on the marine spatial planning project to incorporate Ocean SAMP lessons learned into the process, and described the it as an "honor to be part of this team."
See the project, and find the Rhode Island case study at: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/study-what-are-best-practices-cross-border-maritime-spatial-planning.
Via NZ Herald
"The South-East Marine Protection Forum has made public the more than 2800 submissions received through its consultation process.
The forum consulted on 20 proposed sites for possible inclusion in a network of marine protected areas from Timaru to Waipapa Point."
Via Dhaka Tribune
"Minister for Fisheries and Livestock M Sayedul Hoque has said that the ban on fishing in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Bay of Bengal was imposed in order allow sea fish the opportunity to replenish their population."
"The “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017," originally proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives, now has a companion bill in the Senate where it is gaining support."
Via Marianas Variety
"The Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling for the restoration of the CNMI’s fishing rights and mineral-extraction rights that were taken away when the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument was established in 2009."