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Sad news for the Ross Sea

Sad news for the Ross Sea

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) failed to reach agreement on the Ross Sea MPA, due to Russia questioning the legality of the organisation’s ability to establish MPA’s.

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Proposal for Ross Sea Marine Protected Area

Proposal for Ross Sea Marine Protected Area

The delegations of New Zealand and the United States propose the establishment by the Commission
for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources􀀃(Commission or CCAMLR) of a marine
protected area (MPA) in the Ross Sea Region (“Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area”). In
recognition of the exceptional ecological value and scientific importance of the Ross Sea Region, our
delegations propose to establish this MPA to conserve living marine resources; maintain ecosystem
structure and function; protect vital ecosystem processes and areas of ecological significance; and
establish reference areas that will promote scientific research. This proposal is consistent with
Conservation Measure 91-04 (2011) and the scientific conclusions and processes, reviewed by the
Scientific Committee, from which the United States and New Zealand developed their original MPA
scenarios for the Ross Sea Region.

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Marine Reserves can stoke local economies

Marine Reserves can stoke local economies

On April 3, 2013, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala and a team of colleagues from around the world published a scientific paper called “A General Business Model for Marine Reserves” in the journal PLoS ONE.

Building on the work of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Expeditions, the team analyzed available data to show that “marine reserves are an effective tool for protecting biodiversity locally, with potential economic benefits including enhancement of local fisheries, increased tourism, and maintenance of ecosystem services.”

The scientists demonstrated that the added value of marine reserves to local communities can make up for their initial cost in as short as five years. The team also developed a framework that others can use to estimate the value of a marine reserve in their area.

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Latest international marine protected areas news

Latest international marine protected areas news

MPA NEWS, Vol. 14, No. 4 (January-February 2013)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
New on OpenChannels: With ‘Private Groups’ function, your group or project can have its own secure forum for discussion, content sharing
New Year’s Resolutions for the MPA Field: What Practitioners Would Like to Happen in 2013
Identifying Three Types of Ecologically Important Sites on the High Seas: An Interview with Jeff Ardron
Results from MPA News Poll: Reader Response to Tighter Guidelines for What Is Considered a Marine Protected Area
Perspective: Puget Sound Needs a Network of Effective MPAs and No-Take Marine Reserves
Letter to the Editor: Clarification on Antarctic MPA proposals
Notes & News: Belize - Mediterranean MPA lessons - Diesel spill - Norway
LMMA Lessons: Strategies for improving community compliance and enforcement

 

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MPA news - Nov/Dec 2012

MPA news - Nov/Dec 2012

Latest International Marine Protected Areas News

MPA NEWS, Vol. 14, No. 3 (November-December 2012)

This issues contents:

New MPA-related content on OpenChannels this month
What Counts as a Marine Protected Area?
MPA News Poll: What should we count as MPAs?
Perspective: When NGOs Invest Long-term in an MPA’s Management By Anton Wijonarno
Perspective: An Update on Marine Protected Areas in the UK By Alice Cornthwaite
Notes & News: Australia - Antarctica - American Samoa - Mozambique - Important Bird Areas - Mediterranean - Climate change and MPAs - Global MPA coverage
LMMA Lessons: Using a tok story session to share lessons on community-based management
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