"While other countries have laws that are more limited in scope, such as Mexico’s ban on oil in the Yucatan, Belize is likely the first country to ban oil exploration and drilling in all of its territorial waters, says Oceana. Moreover, the Belizean government approved the legislation without knowing exactly how much oil they were giving up."
"A joint initiative by campaigning organizations Our Fish, Seas at Risk and WeMove.EU, the petition provides a platform for citizens to call on EU member states to "implement the laws they have already agreed upon, to have clean and healthy seas, and to end overfishing by 2020 at the latest", said Our Fish."
Via The Pilot
"The panel will be co-chaired by Mary Simon and Rémi Bujold. Panel members are David Anderson, Darcy Dobell, Tom Hayes, Marc Léger, and Chief Maureen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. They will meet in person across the country over the next few months and will seek perspectives from provinces and territories, Indigenous peoples, stakeholders, experts and the public."
Via News Deeply
"A recent opinion piece in the New York Times draws a needless distinction between large-scale and small-scale MPAs. It’s a false choice – the reality is that we need both. For too long, ocean conservation has been focused on drawing lines around the very smallest quanta of an ocean ecosystem: a single reef, a bay, a politically significant viewshed, but omitting critical surrounding areas that affect marine life within the MPA to be effective."
"On March 20, Brazil joined the growing list. President Michel Temer announced the creation of two marine protected areas with the Brazilian exclusive economic zone (EEZ) totaling 900,000 square kilometers. That’s an area bigger than France and the UK combined. The announcement comes at a time when a campaign run by the charity Conservation International for marine protected areas in Brazil had gathered more than 10,000 supporters."
Via The Guardian
"Since 2012, 36% of Australia’s ocean territory has been within marine parks. However, the devil is in the detail and what is meant by a 'park'. The management plans just released in response to former prime minister Tony Abbott’s decision to suspend the 2012 plans now give us the detail, and it is diabolical for ocean protection."
Via Calgary Herald
"The 2,000-square-kilometre Eastern Shore area includes hundreds of islands and is rich in eelgrass, kelp and salt marsh, according to the Fisheries Department. It’s a traditional spawning area for groundfish and a foraging area for birds."
"The Scottish Government is consulting on the creation of a permanent marine protected area for Loch Carron, in Wester Ross. It was first designated as an 'emergency marine protected area' in May 2017, following confirmation of damage to the flame shell beds by a scallop dredging incident. A Marine Conservation Order was put in place at the same time to protect the flameshell beds from further damage by fishing."