Via The Jordan Times
"The Aqaba Marine Park (AMP) is scheduled to join Jordan's network of nature reserves this year, becoming the country's first marine nature reserve, according to a consultant on coastal management and protection."
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Ocean Reserves
"The official public comment period began Friday, and more than 15,000 comments about the proposal flooded into the federal government within the first four days.
Letters are running more than 100 to 1 against making any changes in use or boundaries of the 29 sites, all of which had previously been declared historically or environmentally significant."
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.
Via NOAA Sanctuaries
"Can't get to your national marine sanctuaries? Thanks to the wonders of 360-degree photography and virtual reality, these underwater treasures now are as close as the tips of your fingers. NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has launched a virtual dive gallery, complete with immersive 360-degree views of five national marine sanctuaries: American Samoa, Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, Gray's Reef, and Thunder Bay."
"Environmental consultant Peter Lawless is putting his plans forward as an "integrated solution" to long-standing tensions between conservationists and fishermen in the area.
He is seeking a "coalition of the willing" to back his plans when he presents them to the public this weekend."