Thursday, 21 November 2013

Deep sea bottom trawling impacts made clear and simple - read on....!

England names 27 new marine conservation zones

Number is four less than ministers proposed and far short of the 127 zones recommended by the government's own consultation

Twenty-seven new marine conservation zones (MCZs) will be created in English seas on Thursday to protect seahorses, coral reefs, oyster beds and other marine life. But the number is four less than ministers proposed and just one-fifth of the 127 zones recommended by the government's own consultation.

The seas around England are some of richest marine environments in the world, with dense forests of seaweed, many fish and crustacean species and schools of dolphins, but dredging and bottom-trawling for fish, prawns and aggregates have devastated large areas.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Registration now open for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

The IUCN World Parks Congress is the landmark global forum on protected areas held every ten years. It will be convened in Sydney, Australia 12 - 19 November 2014, with the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions” designed to reflect and help deliver IUCN’s three Programme Areas. The World Parks Congress 2014 will articulate the vital role of protected areas in conserving nature while delivering essential ecosystem services, position protected areas within the goals of economic and community well-being in the

Monday, 18 November 2013

State of marine protected areas in the United States report published

NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Center has issued a new report on the state of marine protected areas in the United States. Marine Protected Areas of the United States: Conserving Our Oceans, One Place at a Time provides a detailed snapshot of the coverage, level of protection, resources protected and ecological representativeness of MPAs in U.S. waters. It also features brief case studies in MPA management from around the country. For the first time, the U.S. reports data specifically focused on MPAs protected for natural heritage – the protection of ecosystems, biodiversity, habitats and species -- as well areas protected for their cultural resources and values. This focus on natural and cultural heritage MPAs provides greater comparability with the accepted international definition of MPAs established by the International Union for the

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Large-scale partnership launched at IMPAC 3 seeks to provide “best practices” for managers of vast marine managed areas

The IUCN WCPA Very Large MPA Task Force (VLMPATF) and lead partner, Big Ocean, launched their partnership at IMPAC 3 by positioning marine management at-scale as one of the most significant topics to be addressed in the next decade. By focusing attention on the partnership’s inaugural initiative­­, the development and publication of Guidelines on the Design and Management of Large-Scale MPAs, the hope to provide a mechanism to amplify the experience of veteran marine management teams to enhance conservation efforts globally.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The voyage to Sydney 2014: 8 essential things you should know about the World Parks Congress

This is the first of an occasional series of blogs that will keep you up to date with what is happening on marine issues in the lead up to the Parks Congress in 2014. Check back for latest updates.

Eight essential facts:

1. What is the World Parks Congress?

The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas held every ten years. As the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management, it sets the global agenda for the following decade. Please see for more information.

IMPAC3 ends successfully but the Web TV continues

The IMPAC3 congress ended successfully on 27 October in Ajaccio! Thanks to all the 1700 participants who attended the congress in Marseille and in Ajaccio and also to the 4000 visits we received on the Web TV. We appreciate your active participation and enthusiasm during these 5 days of events which consisted of 91 workshops and 37 knowledge caf├ęs. We also received more than 100 videos (and still counting) for the Web TV which is one of the major accomplishments of the congress.

IUCN Marine News magazine / Message from IMPAC

Friends and Colleagues,

The IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme (GMPP) is pleased to send you a link to its latest news magazine “Marine News”, which was recently distributed at the International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3) in Marseille, France.

As part of its focus on Marine Protection, this 36-page issue celebrates the choice of 31 new ocean Hope Spots, areas of ocean that merit special protection due to their wildlife and significant underwater habitats.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Deep-sea Baton Passes to Full European Parliament - Fisheries Committee Fails to Remove Threat

November 4th 2013: A proposal for a new European Union regulation to protect the deep sea from overfishing and destructive fishing practices in the north-east Atlantic survived the long awaited vote in the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee today as the 25 members of the committee voted on a series of amendments, resulting in both potential gains and losses for the ocean.

Although the committee voted for several measures that would help to protect deep-sea ecosystems such as

Friday, 1 November 2013

Ross Sea protection efforts blocked demonstrating why improvement measures are needed to properly safeguard ocean ecosystems

Efforts to protect the Ross Sea in Antarctica have failed for a third time. Russia, supported by the Ukraine, blocked the deal claiming concerns about the size of the proposed reserve and how it would restrict fishing. The proposal put forward by the Unites States and New Zealand was for a 1.3 million square kilometer area of ocean to be protected but consensus was needed to achieve this which was not secured. These developments clearly show that better mechanisms are needed to safeguard fragile and vulnerable ecosystems in polar waters that are focused on marine protection best practices and not fisheries management principles connected to the interests of one or two countries. 

Photo: Radio New Zealand

Dates for the 3rd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas announced