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Posted on October 21, 2014 - 12:38pm, by nwehner

Via Peter Sale Books

"This post first appeared as a Comment in Reef Encounter – the News journal of the International Society for Reef Studies. It is reprinted here, with added images and slight modifications to text as a way of drawing it to attention of other people interested in the global environmental crisis and the issues underlying our relative failure to look after coral reefs. Reef Encounter is open-access, and the articles are of broad interest."

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Posted on October 21, 2014 - 11:48am, by nwehner

Via The Boston Globe

"As climate change jeopardizes the huge ocean claims of tiny nations, experts propose some bold legal solutions...

For now, the island nations face the first and most basic step to securing their maritime zones: mapping them. To chart out existing ocean borders now would shore up their claims as their outlying islands become uninhabitable and their zones begin to shrink. Even this is far from trivial: An exact surveying effort involves extrapolating outer limits from base-point coordinates on shore, negotiating any overlaps with neighboring countries, and then formally depositing them with the United Nations in New York, a project beyond the technological and financial capacities of most island countries.

Blaise Kuemlangan, who works for the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and encourages Pacific Island nations to map their boundaries, expects that—unless the countries themselves or the international community make a special effort now—mapping will not be completed for at least another 20 years. By then, these islands will most likely still be inhabited. But they’ll need, even more urgently, to understand exactly what they have to trade for their future."

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Posted on October 21, 2014 - 10:55am, by nwehner

Via the Union for Concerned Scientists

"Please join the Science Network for one of the workshops listed below. These sessions are part of a series offered to Science Network members to provide training opportunities to strengthen your communication and advocacy skills. There are three different levels of workshops that might appeal to you: introductory (101), advanced (202), and early career scientist (ECS).

101: Communicating in Your Own Words: How to Talk to the Media and the Public about Science
Wednesday, October 29, 3PM ET

Presenters: Aaron Huertas, Science Communications Officer, UCS; Dana Nuccitelli, environmental scientist and climate blogger at Skeptical Science

What’s the difference between a letter-to-the-editor and an op-ed? What is the role of an editorial board? What are three things you should absolutely know before talking with a reporter? Join us for a webinar to learn the answers to these questions, plus more tips and advice from the experts on how to communicate your science to both the public and the media. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of when to use different types of written communication to make the biggest impact, and science communication stories from scientists who have mastered the media interview

ECS/202: Social Media for Scientists: Science Communication for the Web
Wednesday, November 5, 3PM ET

Presenters: Katy Love, Online & New Media Manager, UCS; Ray Dearborn, Campaign Lab Director, Upwell; Liz Neeley, Assistant Director of Science Outreach, COMPASS; Matthew Francis, Science Writer and Director of CosmoAcademy

What’s the point of using social media? Actually, for scientists, engineers, economists, and public health and other experts, there are many benefits to be gained from using social media, including sharing your research with new audiences, building relationships with others who share your interests, and creating a network of others you can reach out to with questions or to bounce ideas off of. Join us to hear more from scientists who have found social media to be a benefit, not a burden, for their work. Our experts will share stories about how engaging online has helped them professionally, and offer tips to help get you started."

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Posted on October 21, 2014 - 8:44am, by nwehner

Via Scientific American

"The campaign, which recently concluded after raising $53,000 from more than 400 donors, is truly historic. “This is the first time a nation-state has started a marine conservation crowdfunding campaign,” says Daniel Kachelriess, the outreach coordinator for Stand with Palau. “The money raised through the campaign will directly support the implementation of the [Palau] National Marine Sanctuary. It is really about fleshing out the next steps—especially in regard to data collection, monitoring and enforcement framework—and making sure the marine sanctuary is implemented in a way that is on the medium term economically and environmentally sustainable,” he says."

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Posted on October 20, 2014 - 10:49am, by nwehner

Via Out-Law

"Zuma said a ‘national marine spatial planning framework’, expected to be drawn up by the end of 2015, would help identify investment projects in marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture and marine protection services and ocean governance.

Zuma said proposals under the framework would be linked to 'Operation Phakisa', a programme that sets out “priority” areas to support infrastructure and skills development in tourism, freight and logistics and the automotive and rail sectors."

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Posted on October 20, 2014 - 10:45am, by nwehner

Via UN News Centre

"A United Nations conference in Republic of Korea wrapped up today with governments agreeing to double biodiversity-related international financial aid to developing countries, including small islands and transition economics, by 2015 and through the next five years.

The decision was made at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-12) in Pyeongchang.

Delegations attending the meeting, which opened 6 October in Republic of Korea’s key mountain and forest region, agreed on the so-called “Pyeongchang Road Map,” and “Gangwon Declaration”, both of which outline conservation initiatives and global sustainable development goals and initiatives."

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Posted on October 20, 2014 - 10:40am, by nwehner

Via The Guardian

"Britain is facing a referral to the European Court of Justice within two months unless it designates more protection sites for harbour porpoises, a threatened species in the North Sea...

According to the European commission, which sent the UK a warning letter on Thursday, a failure to apply the Habitats Directive to the cetaceans now could “seriously compromise their ecological character”."

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Posted on October 17, 2014 - 2:07pm, by tsaofan

The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) is seeking nominations for two new task forces that are being established to support its advisory work for the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. One task force will focus on climate and marine resources issues and the other on aquaculture issues.

Applications accepted through November 17, 2014. For more information:

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Posted on October 17, 2014 - 10:18am, by nwehner

Via ABC News

"Fishermen on Lower Eyre Peninsula in South Australia have been caught trying to circumvent new Marine Park zones - by herding fish out of them.

Sixteen days after 83 controversial marine sanctuaries were implemented across the state, some fishers have tried to get around the laws by using their boat to move Kingfish into a different zone.

Marine Parks regional coordinator Shelley Harrison said the activity was illegal because the zones protect fish from "any" interference."

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Posted on October 16, 2014 - 11:44am, by nwehner

Via NOAA's Office for Coastal Management

"This organization was established in 2014 when NOAA combined two offices: the Coastal Services Center and the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. The basic missions of the two programs remain intact, but the new organizational structure is bringing value-added services to taxpayers.

In addition to implementing specific initiatives, a top priority for NOAA's Office for Coastal Management is to unify efforts to make communities more resilient. Many organizations are involved, including the private sector, nonprofits, the scientific community, and all levels of government. The Office for Coastal Management works to be a unifying force in these efforts, providing unbiased NOAA data and tools and providing opportunities for the community to come together to define common goals and find ways to work smarter by working together. Issues run the gamut from protecting endangered species to erosion to generating better building codes for storm-resistant buildings."