Thursday: Webinar on Demonstrating Relevance: Applying Lessons on Management Effectiveness at Grays Reef NMS

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For the weeks of 21 & 28 November 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Demonstrating Relevance: Applying Lessons on Management Effectiveness at Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary, presented by Sarah Fangman of NOAA.

While the sanctuary protects an abundance of marine life, very few people know about it, and even fewer visit. With few users and very little awareness the sanctuary even exists, sanctuary staff began an evaluation process to examine the MPA's relevance and how to move the site forward into the future. This webinar will describe how the site designed and completed an analysis of the sanctuary's education, outreach and resource protection programs and how staff are working to bring more awareness to a small, remote marine protected area and ensure management effectiveness.

For more information and to register, please visit

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

*News Update — 43 new posts this week*

  • Will the election of Donald Trump bring a rollback of MPAs? MPA News explores the unknown road ahead –

  • Philippines to declare marine sanctuary in South China Sea at Scarborough Shoal –

  • American Samoa is pushing to remove Obama's marine reserves –

  • CNMI lawmakers ask US to designate marine sanctuary process for Marianas Trench monument –

  • MPA News looks at building a network of MPAs and management on Western Danajon Bank, Philippines –

  • Google unveils "Our most detailed view of Earth across space and time" –

  • XPRIZE launches Big Ocean Button Challenge –

  • Scientists chart a 400-mile zone of coral devastation at the Great Barrier Reef –

  • Victory for Antarctica’s Ross Sea: An inside look at the long road to the world’s largest MPA –

*Literature Update — 24 new titles this week*
The FAO has published a new report, Strengthening organizations and collective action in fisheries: Towards the formulation of a capacity development programme –

*Webinar Update — 1 new archived webinar this week*
Thursday's webinar on, Progress on establishing protected areas in the Southern Ocean: the Ross Sea region MPA, is now archived –

*Job Listings Update — 5 new jobs this week*
The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research is hiring a Coral Reef Researcher –