Monday, 30 August 2010

Sanctuaries of the Caribbean

Sanctuaries of the Caribbean a film about the MPAs in the Southeastern Caribbean, produced earlier this year as part of the Coastal and Marine Management & Education in the Southeastern Caribbean project, can now be viewed on YouTube at the following link:

Restore America’s Estuaries Releases Greenhouse Gas Action Plan for Tidal Wetlands

Blue Ribbon Panel Issues Report on Development of National Greenhouse Gas Offset Protocol

Download the report at

WASHINGTON—Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) announced today that it has released an action plan that will speed the creation of a greenhouse gas offset protocol for coastal tidal wetlands.

RAE’s “Action Plan for the Development of a National Greenhouse Gas Offset Protocol for Tidal Wetlands Restoration and Management,” developed by a National Blue Ribbon Panel of national experts in wetlands science, carbon markets, and public policy, examines the scientific, methodological, and policy hurdles that still must be overcome, and charts a “roadmap” for the next phase of offset protocol development.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance

World Wildlife Fund’s Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Symposium

Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance

Date: November 5th, 2010

For more information and Pre-registration details:

Location: Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC

Friday, 27 August 2010

El Sallum, the first Egyptian MPA in the Mediterranean

Egypt's prime Minister declared the first Mediterranean MPA on 27 February 2010 in accordance to the Egyptian law for Natural Protectorates (102/1983) and at the request of the minister of state for environmental affairs Eng. Magid George. It is the 28th nature protectorate in Egypt but the first on the Mediterranean coast.

Located in the Gulf of Sallum on the western coast close to the border with Libya, the area is one of the last nearly pristine area remaining in the Egyptian Mediterranean. It includes exceptional biodiversity and a unique cultural heritage that are unfortunately subject to increasing pressures and threats from the rapid development of economic activities.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Draft Report on Attaining an Operational Marine Biodiversity Observation Network Available for Review and Comment

The Biodiversity Ad Hoc Group of the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Partnerships (IWG-OP) hosted a workshop on Attaining Operational Marine Biodiversity Observations in May 2010 in Washington, DC. The workshop was held at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and was attended by more than 35 experts in the marine science field. The goal of the workshop was to determine the status of current marine biodiversity observational capabilities and to scope future solutions to operationally monitor the status and trends of biodiversity.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Malta designates four new marine protected areas

The linked article gives information about four new marine protected areas which the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has designated. The protected sites cover over 18,000 hectares and provide protection for over 80% of the Maltese Posidonia beds which not only offer shelter for various marine species but also act as a carbon sink and protect sandy beaches from sand depletion.

The full article can be found at:

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Find out about the latest news from MedPAN

Please find the link to the latest news published on the MedPAN website:

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have information you would like to share with MedPAN, the network of MPA managers in the Mediterranean.

We wish you all a very nice summer.

Magali Mabari
On behalf of the whole MedPAN team

Second International Marine Conservation Congress: August 31 2010 deadline

The call for proposals for symposia, workshops, and focus groups is now open for 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress/Making Marine Science Matter/, which will be held from 14-18 May 2011 at the
Victoria Convention Centre, Victoria BC, Canada. The deadline for proposals is 31 August 2010. You can find the proposal guidelines and link to the electronic submission page on the IMCC web site: For additional information contact the program committee at

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Guide sur la gouvernance des AMP

Dear colleagues

I am very pleased to inform you that the book « …En gouvernance partagée ! » is now online, in pdf version for free download, on the PRCM site and at the following address (please note that some difficulties have been met using Google chrome ; we recommend the use of the navigator Internet explorer to download the guide)

SeaWeb oil spill landing page‏

**Note, the contact for this post is Ken Goldman []***

Dear Colleagues:

We wanted to let you and the entire marine conservation community know about the SeaWeb Gulf oil spill page on our website that has been up and running for a few weeks now. Please visit:

We created this section on our site to serve several purposes: The page aggregates all of the top-tier domestic and international news of the day pertaining to the spill and its aftermath, and it includes an archive of related stories dating back to the end of April. In this round-up, we've tried to highlight various important aspects of the disaster, ranging from the initial and on-going gushing of the oil, the effects on deep-ocean wildlife, the impacts on near-shore habitats, the cascading effects on the region's seafood industry, and more.

President Obama's National Ocean Policy

Executive Office of the President

Council on Environmental Quality



July 19, 2010

Obama Administration Officials Announce the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force

WASHINGTON, DC - Obama Administration officials today released the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force, which would establish a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes (National Policy) and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination. The Final Recommendations prioritize actions for the NOC to pursue, and call for a flexible framework for coastal and marine spatial planning to address conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of the ocean, our coasts and the Great Lakes.

Sandy Island/ Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area Officially Launched in Grenada

Sandy Island/ Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area Officially Launched in Carriacou, Grenada

Hillsborough, Carriacou - As part of an effort to preserve Carriacou’s stunning natural environment, the Sandy Island/ Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) was launched on Saturday July 31st, 2010 at 6:30PM.

The SIOBMPA comprises an area of 787 hectares on the southwest coast of Carriacou. It is considered to be one of the most important marine ecosystems in the region and a culturally significant area for the people of Carriacou. Safeguarding this area ensures the health of vital marine and coastal ecosystem including extensive coral reef system, mangrove forest, small islands, and sea grass beds. Protected areas around the Caribbean and the world have resulted in increased numbers and sizes of fish, as well as improved fish production for areas outside their boundaries.

Salazar, Lubchenco Applaud Designation of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument as a World Heritage Site

Remote chain of atolls and surrounding waters is first U.S. site added to World Heritage List in 15 years

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco today commended the World Heritage Committee for adding Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Papahānaumokuākea) in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List at its annual meeting in Brasilia, Brazil. Measuring nearly 140,000 square miles and protecting more than 7,000 marine and terrestrial species, Papahānaumokuākea is the nation’s first site designated for its outstanding value as both a natural and cultural heritage site.

World Heritage listing acknowledges the historical, cultural or natural value of a site, as well as the commitment of the sovereign nation and the site’s owners to its long-term protection and management.

Phoenix Islands Protected Area now a World Heritage Site


The Phoenix Islands Protected Area is now inscribed on the World Heritage List, it is the largest marine site listed in the world today and joins the USA and Australia PMNM and GBRMPA sites in the World Heritage family

Large marine protected areas time has come.

My thanks to all who have helped this journey for PIPA

Please pass the good news on

Ka kite ono

Sue Miller Taei

Kiribati Delegation
Conservation International