Towards a framework for higher education for marine spatial planning

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For the week of 12 November 2018

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Marine Policy has published, Towards a framework for higher education for marine spatial planning. "The implementation of marine spatial planning (MSP) is bringing together a new body of practitioners who are largely drawn from related professions but have relatively little specific education, training or qualifications in MSP. This is partly due to the newness of the field and the limited opportunities available for personal development. Educational capacity is developing, though MSP content is mostly being added on to existing marine-related programmes. Taking a learning-centred approach, this article seeks to contribute to the development of higher-education curricula that can support a newly-forming MSP practitioner and research community. The proposals presented here are based upon existing educational provision, the ongoing experience of an Erasmus+ partnership in MSP teaching and learning and the results of a related survey. This lays emphasis upon enabling students: to gain a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary body of knowledge and understanding; to develop a strong set of academic and professional skills to underpin MSP practice and research; and to benefit from a variety of methods of learning, teaching and assessment that are designed to facilitate autonomous learning and skills development. Educators should be encouraged to respond to current practice needs and work collaboratively with students in developing courses that respond to their concerns and ambitions."

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Conservation Targets & Planning

Preprint: Oppel, S. et al. Spatial scales of marine conservation management for breeding seabirds. Marine Policy 98, 37 - 46 (2018).

Ecosystem Services and Uses

OA: Weijerman, M. et al. Managing Local Stressors for Coral Reef Condition and Ecosystem Services Delivery Under Climate Scenarios. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).

OA: Pynegar, E. L., Jones, J. P. G., Gibbons, J. M. & Asquith, N. M. The effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services at delivering improvements in water quality: lessons for experiments at the landscape scale. PeerJ 6, e5753 (2018).

Fisheries and Fisheries Management

OA: Yulianto, I. et al. Practical measures for sustainable shark fisheries: Lessons learned from an Indonesian targeted shark fishery. PLOS ONE 13, e0206437 (2018).

Food for Thought

OA: Tickler, D. et al. Modern slavery and the race to fish. Nature Communications 9, (2018).

Governance and Legal Frameworks

OA: Dubik, B. A. et al. Governing fisheries in the face of change: Social responses to long-term geographic shifts in a U.S. fishery. Marine Policy 99, 243 - 251 (2019).

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Preprint: Zupan, M. et al. Marine partially protected areas: drivers of ecological effectiveness. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (2018). doi:10.1002/fee.1934

Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP)

OA: Jay, S. & Jones, H. Towards a framework for higher education for marine spatial planning. Marine Policy 99, 230 - 238 (2019).

Natural Sciences

OA: Collins, R. A. et al. Persistence of environmental DNA in marine systems. Communications Biology 1, (2018)

Preprint: Adams, K. R., Fetterplace, L. C., Davis, A. R., Taylor, M. D. & Knott, N. A. Sharks, rays and abortion: The prevalence of capture-induced parturition in elasmobranchs. Biological Conservation 217, 11 - 27 (2018).

Risk Assessment

OA: Piet, G. et al. An integrated risk-based assessment of the North Sea to guide ecosystem-based management. Science of The Total Environment (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.001

Social-Ecological Systems and Human Wellbeing

OA: Gollan, N., Voyer, M., Jordan, A. & Barclay, K. Maximising community wellbeing: Assessing the threats to the benefits communities derive from the marine estate. Ocean & Coastal Management 168, 12 - 21 (2019).


MarXiv Summary


To be found on the internet, try framing ocean conservation issues around ‘sustainability’

Mass media can help share environmental messages and inform audiences about public policy decisions that might otherwise only be known to those in the industry. The authors sought to determine how much marine-related news was being covered in the Chilean media: namely broadcast television, newspapers, and internet searches. The results indicated rather limited coverage of marine issues in the country. For some topics that were widely disseminated, through, positive public policy changes were implemented. This demonstrates the power of the press in the country and the importance of these issues reaching a wider audience.