Anne Hawkins, associate with the law firm Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP, discusses how the offshore wind energy leasing process should adhere to new US regional ocean plans.
MEAM and MPA News
Latest news and resources for ocean planners for the month of April 2017.
From the Archives calls attention to past MEAM articles whose perspectives and insight remain relevant. This interview with Bela Buck, head of a working group on marine aquaculture, maritime technologies, and integrated coastal management, discusses how co-locating aquaculture and wind farms would maximize the value of an area.
For a marine protected area to be effective means it is successfully addressing threats to the features the MPA was designed to protect. So if an MPA is designed specifically to protect a certain benthic community — like a deep-sea coral reef — then it is effective if it minimizes or eliminates the threats to that community.
Last November, MPA News speculated on whether the election of Donald Trump as US President would bring a rollback of MPAs — specifically the large marine national monuments that former President Barack Obama designated or expanded under the US Antiquities Act.
Article: “Marine protected areas need accountability not wasted dollars”, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 27, 4 - 9 (2017)
Finding: MPAs are largely assessed on a single numerical target (total area), and inconsistent self-identification adds an extra level of opaqueness and bias. The consequence is an unaccountable and under-performing system of MPAs worldwide. Ineffective MPAs should be screened out; MPAs’ effectiveness should be improved where possible; and investment should be redirected toward the largest gaps in the network.
Are you looking for the IMPAC4 website?
The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) will be held 4-8 September 2017 in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile. Are you looking for the official website? Click here. The Google search engine is not yet ranking the site highly, making it difficult to find. So please help spread the word – thanks.
UN Sustainable Development Goals summarized for ocean managers. Under SDG 14 are ten specific targets, including reducing marine pollution (Target 14.1), minimizing and addressing the impacts of ocean acidification (Target 14.3), ending overfishing and destructive fishing practices (Target 14.4), conserving coastal and marine areas (Target 14.5), and providing access to small-scale artisanal fishers to resources and markets (Target 14.B).
Tundi Agardy, Contributing Editor of MEAM, discusses innovative ecosystem-based management in the Andean highlands.
Ángel Borja, coordinator of the DEVOTES project, discusses new ways to monitor large marine areas.