Sharpening Our Focus on MPAs for 2020 and Beyond

For the week of 22 October 2018

Join us Tuesday, December 4, 2018 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC for a webinar on Sharpening Our Focus on MPAs for 2020 and Beyond with Jane Lubchenco and Kirsten Grorud-Colvert of Oregon State University, Dan Laffoley of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas-Marine, and Naomi Kingston of UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre

As countries work toward meeting their Aichi and SDG targets of protecting 10% of the ocean by 2020, and as post-2020 agenda discussions begin, many players are wrestling with the confusion around the plethora of types of MPAs and other related conservation measures. Fortunately, clarity surrounding many of the key issues is emerging. This webinar will describe the consensus arising from multiple recent MPA workshops, including answers to these questions: What is (and is not) an MPA? What standards should all MPAs meet? What are Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs) and how do they relate to MPAs? IUCN already recognizes different types of MPAs according to their management objectives and governance arrangements, but is there a simple set of categories to describe the level of protection afforded by an MPA?  What outcomes are likely from different levels of protection?  Recognizing that it often takes time and multiple steps to establish a new MPA, when during the process should a new MPA be ‘counted’ in official tallies of total protection for a country or the world? Presentations will last approximately one hour, with the final half-hour reserved for questions. Please note: There will also be a one-hour live chat session on Monday, December 10, at 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm UTC to provide additional opportunity for questions and discussion with the presenters on this topic

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A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history

In another case of “are you serious, how has this been happening??” Taylor Energy, an oil company,  is reported to have failed in informing both the public and government officials about a consistent oil spill, and has since being found continuing to lie as to the amount of oil being dispersed. This comes at the same time that President Trump approves a controversial plan for oil drilling along Alaskan federal waters, hiring a somewhat less than reputable oil company. (via The Washington Post)

MPA Training in a Nutshell: On governance

This long running MPA News column dives this month into useful advice about MPA governance. Anne Nelson and the IMPACT Team provide helpful support on topics like leadership, stakeholder involvement and more. (Read More Here)

In a first, microplastics found in human poop

Studies have been looking at the damaging effects of microplastics on our environment, organisms (marine and terrestrial), the oceans and more, but not so much on ourselves. If we have found microplastics in the deepest trenches of the ocean and the highest peaks of the mountains, than it is only appropriate to believe that we would find them within our own selves. Now it is time to figure out how this invader will treat our bodies: benign or maleficent?  (via National Geographic

Perspective: First reports from comprehensive, in-depth study of a large remote MPA

In the October issue of MPA News - Rachel Jones, project manager for the Bertarelli Programme, details the main findings from the first ever Marine Science Symposium held in London. The symposium wrapped around a singular idea of creating a huge remote MPA in the British Indian Ocean Territory marine protected area using quite a bit of money (Read More Here

In other News this week

  • Listen to the eerie song of Antarctica — melting (via The Washington Post)
  • How three research groups are tearing down the ivory tower (via Nature)
  • The Race To Save The Antarctic’s Penguins, Whales And Seals (via The Huffington Post)
  • Whales change their tunes when ships appear (via CNN)
  • Remote Island Off Hawaii Vanishes Overnight After Major Hurricane Strike (via
  • Sorry, the environment and the economy don’t go hand-in-hand — but they could (via Wilderness Committee)
  • European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics (via The Guardian)
  • UK government backs creation of Antarctic wildlife reserve (via The Guardian)
  • Eyes on the High Seas (via Anthropocene Magazine)
  • This gel grows and heals by gobbling carbon from the air (via Anthropocene Magazine)
  • More in depth data is required to reveal the true global footprint of fishing (via
  • A sea change: how one small island showed us how to save our oceans (via The Guardian)
  • Adding the third dimension to marine conservation (via

1 new Podcast and 1 new Webinar this week

  • OCTOPOD Ep.15: How can we restore marine ecosystems? (
  • Marine Heatwaves – Trends, Impacts Attribution, and Software with Alistair Hobday of CSIRO and Eric Oliver of Dalhousie University. (

1 new Conference and 1 new Grant this week

17 new Literature items this week

  • Marine Pollution Bulletin has published, A simple model of wind-blown tidal strandlines: How marine litter is deposited on a mid-latitude, macro-tidal shelf sea beach (
  • Ecology and Society has published, A framework for incorporating sense of place into the management of marine systems (
  • Scientific Reports has published, Multiple dimensions of biodiversity drive human interest in tide pool communities (

6 new Jobs this week

  • Become a U.S. Fisheries Data Support Representative for the Marine Stewardship Council (
  • Work as an Oil Spill Equipment Planner (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 2) at the Washington State Department of Ecology (
  • UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant wants a Marine Economics Specialist! (