- UN negotiations on Paris climate agreement fall short; emergency negotiation session added
- UN sustainable development goal for oceans getting least attention and resources
- UN IMO adopts strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships
- India to ban all single use plastic by 2022
- G7 countries negotiate international charter to eliminate plastic waste
- Marine heatwaves becoming longer and more frequent
- Study finds climate change may make MPAs largely uninhabitable by current species by 2100
- Study predicts range shifts for hundreds of North American marine species under climate change
- Study examines mandates and challenges for EBM in the EU, Canada, and US
- Massive online open course on assessing and managing Large Marine Ecosystems now open for enrollment
- Conservation X Labs competition seeks technology solutions to ocean conservation challenges
- New reports released on ocean hazards and risk and how the global insurance industry needs to act
- Massachusetts and Rhode Island choose developers for offshore wind projects to provide 1,200MW energy; commercial fishers in US Northeast concerned about conflicts
- US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management seeking public input on potential locations for offshore wind leases off US Atlantic Coast
- Number of overfished stocks in the US reaches all time low
- NOAA report says high tide flooding may occur half the year along US East Coast/Gulf of Mexico by end of century
- US House of Representatives rejects most proposed budget cuts for NOAA but defunds some federal MSP and EBM activities
- Want to know how the Trump administration is changing US environmental policy? A short version. A detailed version.
The Skimmer & MPA News
Editor's note: The goal of The EBM Toolbox is to promote awareness of tools and methods for facilitating EBM and MSP processes. It is brought to you by the EBM Tools Network (www.ebmtools.org), a network to share knowledge, tools, and experiences to promote ecosystem-based management of coastal and marine environments. This column presents some of the new tools, resources, and initiatives for dealing with the effects of climate change on ocean ecosystems that were presented at the recent International Symposium on Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans, held in Washington, DC.
OpenChannels.org has just updated and expanded its list of ocean conservation, management, and science-related conferences. (Over 50 conferences from around the world listed right now!) Check out the list at https://www.openchannels.org/conferences.
Submit additional suggestions for the list at https://www.openchannels.org/submit-conference.
The EBM Tools Network recently co-hosted a webinar on Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure, presented by Mike Beck of The Nature Conservancy and the University of California Santa Cruz. This talk summarized recent high-level research findings on the ecology, engineering, and economics of natural infrastructure and gave more detail on topics covered in MEAM’s recent lead article “Can we insure our way to healthier oceans and ocean communities?”
An opinion piece published in the New York Times in March 2018 – “Bigger Is Not Better for Ocean Conservation” – raised anew the issue of whether MPA designations should focus on large offshore sites or smaller inshore ones. The author, Luiz Rocha of the California Academy of Sciences, called the trend of designating large offshore MPAs disturbing, and recommended such protection should not come before coastal waters are secured.
By Jeff Ardron
One unseasonably warm April afternoon this year in London, I sat in a packed media center watching five foreign ministers from Commonwealth countries explain why their governments were going to become ‘Commonwealth Blue Charter Champions.’ It was a pinch-me moment. One full day before fifty-three Commonwealth Heads of Government were due to adopt the Commonwealth Blue Charter, and already ministers were stepping forward to lead on it!
By Carlos A. Espinosa
The colors and warmth of the tropics make Central America unforgettable. These rich, vibrant coastal landscapes have inspired marine scientists, foreign visitors, and local inhabitants alike in their efforts to protect and conserve the most pristine marine zones throughout the region, on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides.
These recent articles or preprints on MPA-related science and policy are all free to access.
Article: Davies, T. E. et al. “Assessing trade-offs in large marine protected areas.” PLOS ONE 13, e0195760 (2018)
Study: Due to global warming, today’s MPAs could be uninhabitable to most of their current species by year 2100
“Most of us grew up in a world where data were rare and expensive to collect. In contrast, culturomics is firmly situated in the 21st-century world of abundant, ‘messy’ data, produced from the interactions between humans and the digital world.”
---- Richard Ladle, Federal University of Alagoas
In the past, MEAM’s coverage of social media has focused on how social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Snapchat, Instagram) can be used to communicate with and educate stakeholders and the general public. But this view of social media as primarily an outreach tool largely ignores the fact that these platforms (as well as other digital venues such as online discussion groups and internet search engines such as Google) also provide a source of publicly available information on human interactions with coastal and marine environments. Analyzing data from these platforms can tell us where people are going in coastal and marine environments, why they are going there, what they are doing once they get there, what they are seeing and hearing, and how they are feeling about it – often complete with geotags, timestamps, photographs, and videos.