An analysis of the comments placed during the 45-day public comment period on the fate of U.S. marine monuments and sanctuaries shows that over 99% of Americans support one or all of the parks. The U.S Secretary of the Interior will release his recommendations on August 24.
"The federal government has reached an agreement with local Inuit that will lead to the protection and management of a massive swath of northern sea in one of the most ecologically sensitive regions of the Canadian Arctic."
"The United Nations has advanced a step closer to an international treaty to protect marine life on the high seas, with an aim of setting up a mechanism for creating marine protected areas in areas beyond national jurisdictions."
"Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with marine reserves than without them, according to a study in the journal PNAS led by the University of California, Davis. Using marine reserves as a management tool could also help the recently rebounded West Coast groundfish fishery sustain itself, the study notes."
"Guest blogger Sarah Dolman, Policy Manager at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and Save Scottish Seas campaign member takes a look at Scotland’s nature conservation MPAs three years since their designation, and looks ahead to the next steps required."
MedPAN's Science for MPA Management newsletter has a new issue focusing on Healthier seas, healthier people: the socioeconomic benefits of MPAs.
Punta Gorda, July 31, 2017 – Representatives from eight marine protected area organisations came together in Belize to develop strategic plans in support of marine protected area law enforcement.
“With our national partners and with our counterparts from three Caribbean countries we’re looking at the future of our marine protected area enforcement programs,” explained Mrs. Celia Mahung, Executive Director of the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, TIDE Belize.