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In this issue of MEAM, we hear from a variety of ocean management experts that have experience using and/or building web atlases and data portals about how to scope atlas/portal development appropriately in the context of a larger planning and management process. We also learn from a data portal developer about how that data portal is being used for regional ocean management.

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The Northeast Ocean Plan was certified by the National Ocean Council in December 2016, and we now catch up with Napoli, who currently leads development of the Northeast Ocean Data portal and the implementation of the Northeast Ocean Plan under the auspices of the Northeast Region Planning Body, about how the portal is being used and next steps.

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In late April, US President Donald Trump issued two executive orders that carry potentially significant implications for several of the country’s MPAs, including its largest ones. Both orders could lead to weakened protection for sites.

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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.

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Nominees requested for Kenton Miller Award, recognizing innovation in MPA practice

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. 

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