Thursday, 17 March 2011

Ecological scorecards to help assess status, trends in North America's marine protected areas

New "how-to" guide provides a tool for marine protected area managers

Montreal, 16 March 2011—A new Guide to Ecological Scorecards for Marine Protected Areas in North America from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) aims to provide a standard method for managers to report on the status and trends of marine protected areas (MPAs).

North America's 2,000 MPAs—all of which have been mapped as part of the North American Environmental Atlas—represent an important effort by Canada, Mexico and the United States to safeguard the continent's fragile marine environments.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Science shows MPA benefits. Want to know why?

Marine parks are internationally recognised as an effective tool to manage and conserve marine resources and biodiversity. Because marine parks will introduce some changes to how South Australian waters can be used, it’s important to know what benefits can be gained from protecting sections of our marine parks as
no-take marine reserves (sanctuary zones) where extractive activities are prohibited.

Want to know what these benefits are?

Read the new guide from the Government of South Australia: click here

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

The Science of Marine Reserves: new European booklet

Released March 15, the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) presents a European version of their educational booklet series The Science of Marine Reserves

This booklet provides the latest scientific information about no-take marine reserves, reporting peer-reviewed research from throughout Europe and globally.
The accessible graphics, text, fast facts, and case studies are designed to provide natural resource managers, government officials, scientists, and the public with relevant information about an important management tool.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Scientists' Consensus Statement on Protection of the Ross Sea - sign up now!

One of IUCN’s member, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), is looking for additional scientific experts who would join the growing number of scientists from all disciplines supporting the creation of a Ross Sea marine reserve. So far 464 scientists have signed the ‘Scientists’ Consensus Statement on Protection of the Ross Sea’.

To sign up please visit:

Sunday, 13 March 2011

More than Fishy Business - a literature review of the benefits of marine conservation

At a time when marine conservation is facing some serious challenges from misinformation and a sustained ( but very familiar from climate sceptics) accusation of lack of robust science it is timely that WCPA member Dr. Melissa Nursey Brae has put together a compilation of the benefits of Marine conservation

to download as pdf:

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Costa Rica Protects Vast Pacific Ocean Expanse

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica, March 4, 2011 (ENS) - Costa Rica has greatly expanded a marine protected area surrounding Cocos Island National Park, safeguarding a total of 2,900 nautical square miles (one million hectares) still rich with endangered sharks and sea turtles. The Seamounts Marine Management Area, or Area Marina de Manejo Montes Submarinos, will conserve an entire marine ecosystem and protect a group of underwater mountains southwest of Cocos Island.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

$100,000 prize for ocean solutions DEADLINE 15 April 2011

Savannah Ocean Exchange Seeks Solutions Addressing 2011 Theme: "Shaping the Future of Our Coasts"

Mission: Finding and Promoting the Best Solutions to Ocean and Coastal Issues
Award: GulfstreamR Navigator Award 2011
Award Amount: $100,000 to Best Overall Solution
Submission Deadline: 2359 UTC, 15 April 2011