By Jon Day
Broad pronouncements are sometimes made (wrongly) that “fishing is not allowed in an MPA.” The reality is, as shown in the accompanying figure, there are various types of MPAs and some do allow fishing.
These recent articles on MPA-related science and policy are all open access.
Article: “An appeal for a code of conduct for marine conservation”, Marine Policy 81, 411-418 (2017)
Finding: Poor governance and social issues can jeopardize the legitimacy and long-term effectiveness of marine conservation practices, including MPAs. This paper reviews key principles and identifies next steps in developing fair social standards and a related code of conduct for marine conservation.
The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is requesting nominations for this year's Kenton Miller Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated innovative approaches for effective protected areas. For this year's award, WCPA is limiting nominees to those working in the MPA field specifically. It is the first time WCPA has focused the award on marine innovation.
Welcome to the May 2017 issue of MEAM (Marine Ecosystems and Management).
It is spring here in Washington, DC, and it seems like an appropriate time to take stock of where MEAM is right now and how we would like to improve and grow the newsletter to serve our multiple constituencies. An area that is of particular interest to us is increasing our geographic range – of topics, interviewees, perspectives, and readers. The map below shows the distribution of MEAM readers at present (according to Google Analytics).
In short, since MEAM became a fully online publication in September 2015, we have welcomed 11,346 unique users for 22,823 sessions. Roughly 45% of sessions were initiated from the US, 19% from Europe, 13% from North and Central America (other than the US), 7% each from Oceania and Asia, 5% from South America, and 4% from Africa.
Charles “Bud” Ehler is president of Ocean Visions Consulting and a consultant on MSP to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), discusses the state of MSP ten years after first big Paris conference.
We do not know how future seafood trade negotiations will turn out, but several of the authors of the recent Marine Policy article spoke with us about their recent article and possible implications for global marine conservation if trade relationships do change.
While there have been many scholarly papers written on how European policies under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Common Fisheries Policy, and Maritime Spatial Planning Directive catalyze an ecosystem approach and make room for the precautionary principle, there has been little attention paid to whether these complex regimes may actually be inhibiting effective EBM.
A new paper published on OpenChannels.org for policy makers, managers, and students provides a short history of ocean management, its conceptual foundations, modern frameworks for it, and numerous real world examples of how these concepts and frameworks are being applied.
Latest news and resources for ocean planners for the month of May 2017.
A new study by a global team of researchers has determined that MPA effectiveness — as measured by higher fish biomass compared to non-MPA sites — is generally greatest in MPAs that have adequate staff and budget to carry out their management duties.