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Posted on July 21, 2014 - 9:31am, by nwehner


"A Florida-­based marine research team has developed a unique formal process and modeling framework to help manage South Florida’s economically important coastal marine environments. The MARES project (Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting), led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) based at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, successfully integrated both ecosystem science and societal benefits into a marine ecosystem support tool to help improve decision-­‐making by natural resource managers.

The research team published their findings in 15 research papers in a special issue of the journal of Ecological Indicators - Volume 44, entitled: “Tools to support ecosystem based management of South Florida’s coastal resources.” The results have been incorporated into the revised Guidance Document for the National Marine Sanctuaries’ Condition Reports and are being used by the Our Florida Reefs community working groups, the National Parks Service, NOAA’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment efforts, and in undergraduate courses at Florida universities and colleges."

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Posted on July 21, 2014 - 9:10am, by nwehner

Via Birdwatch

"The Spanish government's agricultural ministry has introduced landmark conservation legislation to increase its Marine Protected Areas 20-fold.

The Agricultural Ministry officially established 39 new marine protected areas this week under the European Natura 2000 network, marking a very important moment in marine conservation. The new sites are classed as ‘Special Protection Areas for Birds’ (SPAs) under the European Birds Directive.

The SPAs will offer protection to seabirds while they are at sea, complementing the existing network of sites on land, as well as other marine wildife."

Posted on July 18, 2014 - 2:22pm, by nwehner

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is seeking applications from exceptional students to enrol in PhD research at its four University nodes around Australia (James Cook University, the Australian National University, the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia). We anticipate recruiting approximately 50 PhD students in 2014/2015. You can read about our current students and their projects at

In the first instance, prospective students should initiate a dialogue with potential supervisors listed at General enquiries for PhD admission should be sent to the Centre’s Assistant Director, Professor David Yellowlees (david [dot] yellowlees [at] jcu [dot] edu [dot] au) who will provide assistance with applications.

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Posted on July 18, 2014 - 2:15pm, by nwehner


"The Green Party says mineral mining permits have been granted across a third of a marine sanctuary inhabited by Maui's Dolphins.

Today the party released maps comparing sightings of the endangered mammals with areas where mining companies have been granted exploration permits on the west coast of the North Island.

The maps show there have been 254 sightings of the dolphins."

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Posted on July 18, 2014 - 1:09pm, by scosgrove

By Sean Cosgrove, Conservation Law Foundation, SCosgrove [at] clf [dot] org

There is a big opportunity to extend and improve ocean habitat protections in the Omnibus Habitat Amendment (OHA) now under consideration at the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). The big question is whether the NEFMC will bury its collective head in the practices and politics of the past, or look towards the very real needs of the present and future.

Posted on July 17, 2014 - 9:54am, by nwehner

BOEM, in coordination with the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has finalized the venue and agenda (attached) for the free two-day training session.  The two-day event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L Street, Sacramento, California on July 29-30, 2014.  This FREE two-day training session is open to the public and registration begins at 8:00 am on both the 29th and 30th.  There is no need to register prior to the event.

As BOEM prepares for proposed future renewable energy projects offshore the West Coast, we are initiating a proactive outreach initiative with NREL to educate all interested stakeholders on offshore renewable energy technologies best suited for areas on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf, and the multi-faceted complexities of such marine-based energy systems.  The two-day training session will include presentations by experts from NREL on offshore wind and marine hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies and will also include technical expert panel discussions.

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Posted on July 16, 2014 - 12:53pm, by nwehner

Via the University of St. Andrews

The University of St. Andrews in Scotland is now offering an MSc in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems.

"This demanding and ambitious new MSc in Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems provides students with both ecological and physical science expertise as well as quantitative skills in the science needed to manage ecosystems sustainably. Students study marine environments from the tropics to polar regions as integrated systems, exploring interconnections between the physical environment, biodiversity and the impacts of human activity and resource use. This holistic approach provides a superior understanding of ecosystem goods and services and of how to protect and manage marine systems.

The course gives students the knowledge and skills to obtain and interpret multidisciplinary system data, providing a whole ecosystem approach to management and the sustainable use of marine resources.  Students enhance their graduate and professional skills to further careers in government agencies, the commercial marine sector or academia, to become the next generation of managers and marine scientists delivering integrated coastal zone management around the world.

The course is jointly organised and delivered by two internationally renowned organisations: The Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) at the University of St Andrews and the Scottish Marine Institute at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) on the Scottish west coast."

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Posted on July 16, 2014 - 9:43am, by lemorgan

Report Useful for Policy-Makers and Summer Beach-Goers Alike; California Remains the Frontrunner, But Strongly Protecting Only 5% is Not Enough

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today released a report that will be of interest to U.S. policy-makers and beach-goers this summer.  Called SeaStates 2014: How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters?, this second annual report reveals that most states and territories are failing to safeguard our nation’s marine life, seafood and coasts.  California, the frontrunner of all the states, strongly protects over 5% of their waters in no-take reserves.  However, all of the states and territories, including California, fall far below the 20% level that is needed for productive ecosystems and only a few are making any progress whatsoever.  Strongly protected marine areas are needed to ensure the abundance and resilience of our oceans, not only in U.S. waters, but worldwide.