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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."

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Posted on October 16, 2014 - 10:16am, by nwehner

Via Blue & Green Tomorrow

"During the 12th UN conference of the parties (COP12) on the Convention on Biological Diversity, currently ongoing in South Korea, the Brazilian government has announced the creation of over 58,000 hectares of new marine protected areas."

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Posted on October 15, 2014 - 4:34pm, by MGopnik

October 10, 2014 - A new book was released this week by the Earthscan imprint from Routledge titled "From the Forest to the Sea: Public Lands Management and Marine Spatial Planning" by Dr. Morgan Gopnik. This book explores the long, complex, and frequently contentious history of public lands management in the United States in order to draw lessons for the emerging field of marine spatial planning (MSP).

The author first shows how that these two seemingly different settings are in fact remarkably similar, drawing on established theories of policy analysis. The work then examines the management of US National Forests over the past 120 years, including three place-based case studies, to discover recurring themes. The analysis shows how different management approaches evolved over time in response to changing laws and cultural norms, producing outcomes favored by different constituencies. This history also reveals the ambiguities and contradictions inherent in multiple-use management of any public space. The book then analyzes recent efforts to advance MSP, both in the US and globally, showing how they mirror past experiences in National Forest management, including similar disagreements among stakeholders. In conclusion the author suggests how those within ocean-related sectors – government, academia, industry, and environmental groups – might achieve their individual and collective goals more effectively based on lessons from the public lands setting.

This book should be of great interest to both academics and practitioners interested in sustainable ocean management.

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Posted on October 13, 2014 - 10:18am, by nwehner

Via Birdwatch

"RSPB Cymru has thanked the Welsh Government with a special art creation for taking a step towards protecting special sites for seabirds in Wales’s coastal waters.

Today the Minister for Natural Resources Carl Sargeant announced additional protection in the seas around three key sites for seabirds; this follows a public consultation which was held earlier this year by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The sites are Grassholm RSPB, and The Wildlife Trusts of South and West Wales islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Bardsey Island."

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Posted on October 13, 2014 - 10:16am, by nwehner

Via The Philippine Star

"The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Budget and Management signed a joint circular retaining a substantial portion of revenues generated by protected areas (PAs) to be used for development activities.

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said the move would boost efforts to reverse rapid biodiversity loss in the country."

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Posted on October 13, 2014 - 10:07am, by nwehner


"Australia's Barramundi Farmers Association is investigating mounting a campaign to force foreign-grown barramundi to be called something else.

Taking a lead from French wine producers, who've made generic wine style descriptions like "champagne" exclusive to their own country, the association says an appellation case would strengthen its push for country-of-origin labels on all seafood sold in Australia.

The move to counter increasing imports of barramundi comes as the WA Government proclaims a new aquaculture zone in the Kimberley region, which could also provide a huge lift to three nearby Aboriginal communities."