"Organizations suing to eliminate the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean have gotten the OK to proceed with a suit designed to reopen the area to commercial fishing, which environmentalists fear could jeopardize preservation efforts."
"The United States -- which operated at a $14 billion seafood trade deficit in 2016-- lags far behind other countries in aquaculture development due to complex regulatory policies and social opposition. Moreover, concerns about the environmental impact of offshore aquaculture, as well as potential conflicts with other sectors such as wild-capture fisheries, have hampered development, even in areas primed for aquacultural success."
"The government set aside the 1,430-square-kilometer (552-square-mile) reserve in 1971. In an email to African Parks supporters, Fearnhead described Bazaruto as 'a critical sanctuary for numerous species of marine megafauna including dolphins, sharks, whales, whale sharks, manta rays and turtles.'"
Via Saipan Tribune
"The CNMI Ocean Planning Team recently kicked off a two-day meeting as part of the Pacific Islands Regional Planning Body mission toward developing a comprehensive plan for the CNMI’s coastal and marine areas."
"For nearly a decade, Northwest communities have been embroiled in fights over coal, oil, and gas export schemes. It’s no secret that these debates are fractious—they strain civic institutions and often leave bruised feelings. Yet on Washington’s Pacific Ocean coast, a quieter and more collaborative approach is yielding inspiring results. What’s happening under the aegis of the Marine Spatial Planning initiative is, in many ways, a model for the kind of slow-but-careful collaboration that might have forestalled these conflicts in the first place."
Via News Wire
"'Disappointed pretty much sums it up," said BC Seafood Alliance Executive Director Christina Burridge of the impending announcement of the expanded fishery closures in the Offshore Pacific Area of Interest for marine protection. "Maps circulated in June showed several sea mount closures and we agreed with closing them. At the end of last month, just as the offshore advisory process got underway, we were told that the remaining two seamounts would be closed. No discussion with industry or through the advisory process before we lost access.'"