News and Updates
Via Bush Telegraph
"The fierce debate over the value of marine parks will be re-opened with the screening of a new film claiming they are unnecessary.
Last year the then Federal Labor Government extended Australia's marine park system by 2.3 million square kilometres.
The legislation has passed parliament but will not come into effect until July next year.
The film, Drawing the Line is predominantly funded by the fishing industry and argues marine parks are placing undue pressure on fishers."
Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP), established in 1992 as the first private, marine sanctuary in the world, and the first Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Tanzania, has created a model of financially, ecologically and socially sustainable MPA management. Operating as a Not-for-Profit organization, the ecotourism revenue is channeled back into comprehensive conservation, research and environmental education programs. Today, CHICOP has become an internationally recognized conservation success and a unique ecotourism destination that includes a 33 ha coral reef No-Take-Area, seven bungalows, and a Visitor’s Centre constructed according to state of the art eco-architecture.
CHICOP’s experienced management team, Kevin MacDonald (Project Manager) and Ulli Kloiber (Conservation & Education Manager) will discuss the governance model used at Chumbe Island and provide insight into lessons learned. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of how these lessons could be applied to other places.
DATE: December 11, 2013
TIME: 7:00 PM Eastern Africa Time (EAT), 6:00 AM Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST), 12:00 PM Atlantic Standard Time (AST), 4:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
You can check your local start time against the time listed above using a world clock time zone converter, like this one.
Register here! If you already have questions in mind you would like the panelists to address, please email them ahead of time to resilience [at] tnc [dot] org. If you are unable to participate in the live webinar, a link to the recording on YouTube will be available here, a few days after the event.
18 November 2013
Ocean acidification - The other CO2 problem
Ocean acidification is an emerging global concern and is a risk to marine biodiversity, ecosystems and human society. This event will highlight initiatives to address the challenges associated with ocean acidification, including the need for greater international observation and coordination.
A new international Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Acidification (IGBP, IOC- UNESCO and SCOR) and the results of the recent IPCC findings on ocean acidification will be presented at this event.
Moderator: David Osborn - Director Environment Laboratories; IAEA
- Dr Carol Turley - Senior Research Scientist; Plymouth Marine Laboratory
- Dr Richard Feely - Senior Research Scientist; NOAA/PMEL
- Lauren Linsmayer - PhD. Student; Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Astrid Dispert - Marine Environment Division; IMO
- Dr Jorge Luis Valdés - Head of Ocean Science Section; IOC-UNESCO
Numerous studies have revealed the effects of changing ocean chemistry on marine life, and many of the findings are disturbing. However, as Katherine Gammon reported in her Oct. 2012 LiveScience article "Oysters' Future Imperiled as Oceans Acidify," the harmful effects of acidification on bivalve species such as oysters, clams and mussels are happening now, and have been happening for a while."
Via the Jakarta Post
"Establishing marine protected areas in Bali is a solution toward sustainable tourism and protecting the island from environmental degradation caused by rapid and largely uncoordinated development, experts said in a recent discussion.
“Establishing marine protected areas is a must, because it can provide significant social and economic benefits, and it will ensure better management of resources if we wish to achieve sustainability in the fishery and tourism sectors,” said Jamaluddin Jompa, a marine expert from Hasanuddin University."
Seven Historic Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have now been designated in Scotland effective November 1st. The list includes Campania in the Firth of Forth, Duart Point on the Isle of Mull, Out Skerries in Shetland, and four sites in Highland.
"A paper recently published in the journal Conservation Letters, introduces a practical approach for conservation practitioners to evaluate marine protected areas as systems with highly integrated social and ecological dimensions. Proving further evidence of the central role that co-management strategies play in conservation success."
My name is Elizabeth Keenan and I am part of a team of graduate students at UC San Diego. We are conducting a short, 3-minute online survey in an effort to understand how different stakeholders perceive and define success in conservation. Your input can help us identify keys to success and will allow us to provide insight into how success is measured and perceived in the conservation community.
Simply click on the link below, or cut and paste the entire URL into your browser to access the survey:
The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) is seeking applications to fill 7 vacant seats on National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils, as well as for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council. Applications are due by December 31, 2013.
For more information on applying, please consult the attached PDF from the Federal Register.