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- Commonwealth nations agree on coordinated actions to protect oceans
- UN begins negotiations for treaty to protect high seas biodiversity
- Sweden developing marine spatial plans for its territorial waters and EEZ
- Northern Ireland soliciting public comment on draft marine plan until mid-June
- Belgium to begin soliciting comments on draft marine spatial plan in July
- New study published on marine spatial planning (MSP) for blue growth
- Trump administration opening up additional areas for wind energy in US Northeast
- Study estimates warming ocean could reduce global fish catch
- Researchers report catches from deep sea trawling grossly underreported
- Report examines ways to increase ocean food production sustainably
- US NOAA publishes global list of fisheries and their risks to marine mammals
- Only 2 percent of world’s oceans in strongly implemented, fully protected areas
- New tool analyzes how well important biodiversity and ecosystem services are represented in marine protected areas (see a webinar on this work on June 14)
- Free paper provides primer for how to use social media for fisheries science and management
- Experts requested for assessments of natural values and benefits and sustainable use of wild species
- Report proposes increases in foreign aid for solid waste management to improve quality of life for world’s poorest people and dramatically reduce plastic entering the ocean
- IOC/UNESCO MSP website updated to include extensive MSP glossary, downloadable versions of three major MSP publications, summaries of and status reports on MSP initiatives in 68 countries, longer descriptions of MSP activities around the world, an updated version of the IOC MSP guide, and more MSP-related resources from around the world
A new paper in Marine Policy (pre-print available for free in the MarXiv research repository) discusses the importance of effective metaphors for marine conservation and policy. Metaphors are figures of speech that describe something in terms more familiar to listeners, e.g., “a blanket of snow”. Good metaphors help shape understanding of something and can mobilize appropriate action. Poorly-chosen metaphors are, at best, ineffective at mobilizing support for the intended cause, and, at worst, counterproductive because they lead to oppositional behaviors or decrease the credibility of the messenger.
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When each of us faces a challenge in life, our first reaction is often to ask a trusted friend or colleague, “Have you also faced this? If so, how did you handle it?”
It’s the same in MPA planning and management. Practitioners face a common set of challenges – enforcement, engaging stakeholders, monitoring, fundraising, and more – and an array of solutions have been developed at sites worldwide. It benefits all practitioners for these solutions and other MPA knowledge to be shared widely.
By Jon Day
The Representative Areas Program (RAP), which rezoned the entire Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in a single planning initiative, was at the time the most comprehensive process of community involvement and participatory planning for any environmental issue in Australia. The outcome was that one-third of the Marine Park was declared as highly protected no-take zones in 2004, with the remainder of the park also zoned to provide various levels of protection.
Many of the lessons learned from RAP remain relevant today. The following 25 lessons are excerpted from a paper published in Coastal Management journal in December 2017, “Effective public participation is fundamental for marine conservation – lessons from a large scale MPA”. The paper is available for free here. More detail on each of the lessons is in the paper.
February and March were busy months for announcing large new MPAs. Seychelles, Brazil, and Chile all reported significant new sites.
In a move that has been in the making for the past five years, the Australian government formally announced its plans in March 2018 to scale back protections for the nation’s system of marine parks. Overall, 80% of Australia’s marine park waters will now be open to commercial fishing, up from 63% under the system’s original design. And 97% of Commonwealth waters within 100 km of the coast will be open to recreational fishing.
By Rene A. Abesamis, Silliman University - Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management
Knowing how far the larvae of fish species disperse can be invaluable to designing effective networks of MPAs. But in a developing nation like the Philippines, where over 1000 community-managed MPAs have been established over the past two decades, such science is often not available, particularly at the community level. So planners have often made educated guesses when planning their MPAs, based on traditional knowledge and what science could be accessed.
These recent articles or preprints on MPA-related science and policy are all free to access.