Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Marine Biologist launched!!

The Marine Biologist is a new magazine for anyone with an interest in marine life.

For all the passion people have for the sea and its inhabitants, and the fact that marine biological research is providing insights into how a substantial portion of our planet works, it appears that until now no English language magazine existed purely for the broad interest of marine biologists. What an opportunity!

Friday, 23 August 2013

New report on Haiti's MPAs released

A new report has just been released on Haiti's Marine Protected Areas by FoProBiM:

"Towards the Development of Haiti's System of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): An Ecosystem Services Assessment for the Creation of Haiti's System of MPAs" through ReefFix: An Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Ecosystem Services Valuation and Capacity Building Project for the Caribbean, funded by the governments of Mexico and Monaco through the OAS.

To read the report click here

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

H.E. Stuart Beck Appointed First Ambassador on Oceans and Seas

Press Release – August 19, 2013 - Demonstrating its continued global leadership on oceans issues, Palau on Friday appointed H.E. Stuart Beck as its first Ambassador on Oceans and Seas.

With this appointment, Palau dedicates its most senior United Nations diplomat – with nearly a decade’s service as Palau’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative – to the oceans.

“People in small island states like Palau depend for their lives on the oceans around them and on healthy waters worldwide,” said the Ambassador of his new appointment. “They are spokespeople for oceans issues. I am honored to do my part to make their voices heard.”

To find out more click here

An Urgent Wake Up Call to Protect our Oceans

Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International / directeur général de Greenpeace International
20 August 2013

Writing in the Huffington Post Kumi Naidoo says "This week, in New York, countries across the globe are meeting at UN headquarters to negotiate the next steps towards high seas protection. Unless action is taken by governments to restore and protect the health of our oceans, our oceans will be unable to sustain life on Earth.

The UN is the only international body which can decide on an agreement to protect marine life found in our common waters -- those vast areas of sea that reach far beyond the horizon of our beaches.........."

to read more click here

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Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative Newsletter available

The latest edition of the GOBI newsletter is now available to download from the GOBI website:

Monday, 19 August 2013

Request for public comments: Proposed rule on re-establishing the Sanctuary Nomination Process

SUMMARY: NOAA's ONMS is announcing that it is re-establishing the sanctuary nomination process and is proposing to amend its regulations governing the process for nominating and evaluating sites for eligibility as a national marine sanctuary. This action would replace the currently inactive Sanctuary Evaluation List (SEL) with a new process for local communities and other interested parties to provide NOAA with robust, criteria-driven proposals for new national marine sanctuaries. To implement this process, NOAA is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the sanctuary nomination and designation procedures, and on the

Mind the gap - action needed on the High Seas

Mind the Gap

Without an Implementing Agreement, the high seas is like a jigsaw puzzle with half the pieces missing.
Its time for a wave of change to comply with the Rio+20 commitment to protect the high seas.

Discover what protection is desperately needed by finding the missing pieces in the jigsaw. Help us fill the gaps!

Click here to find the missing pieces of jigsaw

Sir Richard Branson/James Cameron:"Save the High Seas"

Los Angeles Times, 19th August

"We share a deep and abiding passion for and fascination with the ocean that has led us since childhood to wander the world under the waves. We also share an increasing concern that the health of the ocean is rapidly deteriorating under the strain of human pressure and neglect. The evidence is everywhere, from plastic waste at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean to flattened remains of deep ocean reefs hundreds of miles from land, bulldozed by bottom trawlers. No part of the ocean, no matter how deep or remote, is safe anymore....."

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Ocean Elders appoint Advisory Council of four

Have you met the Ocean Elders' Council of Advisors?

A relatively new addition to the team - the advisors bring a a wealth of knowledge and experience to their ongoing ocean efforts.

To find out who they are click here

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Summary reports now available on the description of areas that meet the criteria for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas

Dear Madam/Sir,

Please find attached below a CBD notification on "Summary reports on the description of areas that meet the criteria for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas".

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IDDRI - New publication on the governance of marine biodiversity in ABNJ

We would like to announce the recent publication by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) of a study: "A long and winding road: International discussions on the governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction".

Monday, 12 August 2013

Creation of a New Protected Area in the Southwest of Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haïti, August 9, 2013

On Wednesday August 7th, 2013 Haiti’s Council of Ministers announced the creation of the “Protected Area of Natural Resources Management of Port Salut/Aquin (Aire Protégée de Ressources Naturelles Gérées de Port Salut/Aquin)” located in southwestern Haiti. It is composed of five zoned sites enclosed within an area covering a total of close to 150,000 hectares (1,500 and includes mixed marine and terrestrial sites.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

A good week to dive hard!

A good week to dive hard! Underwater in the Isles of Scilly MPA
As Marine Vice Chair of WCPA I still take the opportunity where I can to ‘get wet’. This last week was spent diving in and around the Isles of Scilly European Marine Site and Marine Conservation Zone – a jewel in the crown of UK MPAs.