"Over the last two decades, marine protected areas (MPAs) have become the most commonly used tool to conserve marine ecosystems globally, driven in part by international targets set to “effectively and equitably manage” 10 percent of coastal and marine areas by 2020. Despite substantial progress in reaching the associated 10% coverage target, key questions remain about the management of MPAs, including how management approaches can improve their conservation performance."
"To help combat crime on the northern coast, the Peruvian government is currently considering a plan to create a protected area in the Tropical Pacific Sea. The area would encompass critical habitat around several islands and rocky reefs, and would allocate resources to patrol for pirates and illegal fishers."
Via The Coast
"The [Canadian] federal government recently created two marine protected areas in the Pacific region and has committed to increase ocean protection from one percent to 10 by 2020. But will this be enough?"
Via GMA News
"To ensure sustainability of marine resources, the Philippine government will pursue preferential access for small-scale fishermen in managing coastal fishing grounds and marine sanctuaries."
"The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) today released a new paper, by two authors affiliated with Pacific Legal Foundation, explaining why presidential decrees are not “permanent” under our constitutional order, especially not pursuant to the Antiquities Act of 1906."
"This was the first such action to protect large-scale ecosystems on the East Coast, and it was generally supported by the recreational fishing community. On the commercial side? Not so much. And so now, they are teaming up with anti-public lands politicians in Congress in a coordinated attack on the monument, with the intent to revoke it or significantly reduce protections."
"Today, Earthjustice—representing the Center for Biological Diversity and Zack Klyver, Head Naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company—along with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Conservation Law Foundation filed a Motion to Intervene in a case brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation. On March 7, 2017, the Foundation brought the case on behalf of several commercial fishing organizations to challenge President Obama's designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument under the Antiquities Act in September 2016."
"“We are hoping it is some sort of a misunderstanding and not, for example, a reaction to information Greenpeace Russia has published before the conference, on oil license blocks overlapping with marine protected areas and other environmental problems related to Arctic development.”"