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Marine Spatial Planning
WOC LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO ENGAGE INDUSTRY IN MARINE SPATIAL PLANNINGoceancouncil.org | 04 Jul 2013
The World Ocean Council (WOC) effort to improve ocean business community engagement in marine spatial planning (MSP) and ocean policy in the US shifts into high gear with the appointment of Leslie-Ann McGee as WOC Programs Director. Although these WOC efforts initially focus on the US, the outputs will be of importance to the ocean business community in other areas where ocean policy and MSP are actively being developed, e.g. Europe, Canada, Australia and elsewhere.
WOC SUSTAINABLE OCEAN SUMMIT CHARTS COURSE FOR CORPORATE OCEAN RESPONSIBILITY ACTIONoceancouncil.org | 11 Jun 2013
More than 200 representatives of the ocean business community and other ocean stakeholders gathered at the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) in Washington, D.C. from April 22-24. Organized by the World Ocean Council (WOC), the SOS is the only international ocean business community gathering dedicated to industry leadership and collaboration in developing solutions to ocean sustainability challenges.
Raewyn Peart: Marine jewel can shine once againNew Zealand Herald | 26 Mar 2013
The Auckland Council and the Waikato Regional Council have both given their final approval for the start of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan initiative. The project will span two years.
Marine Newsletter #2 2013 – FebruaryUNEP/GRID-Arendal | 06 Mar 2013
Highlights from the Marine Division at GRID-Arendal for February 2013. Featured Project: Pacific Marine Planning Decision Support Tool. This planning tool will bring together, under a consolidated standard based framework, information necessary for undertaking comprehensive marine planning in the Pacific region.
Democracy 'trashed' in gulf callNew Zealand Herald | 13 Feb 2013
Democracy Action has attacked a decision by Auckland Council on membership of a steering group for the $1.8 million marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf. The proposed plan is supposed to resolve conflict between environmental protection and economic use of the gulf.
Guidelines for an ecosystem approach in marine policyEuropean Commission | 17 Dec 2012
PISCES (Partnerships involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem) has produced a practical guide for implementing the ecosystem approach through marine policy, with a particular focus on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and highlights the need for marine spatial planning
Christine Fletcher: Let's lighten footprint around port (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 14 Dec 2012
It is good to see some perspective being brought to the discussions about the footprint of Auckland's port. Similar scrutiny is needed about how we consider the value and future opportunities of the broader marine area, the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
Seabird atlas shows 3,000 key ocean conservation hotspotsGuardian Unlimited | 16 Oct 2012
A new atlas of the world's oceans issued on Tuesday shows more than 3,000 sites important to seabirds as part of a drive to improve conservation. The free online atlas could help governments plan, for instance, where to set up wildlife protection areas at sea or where to permit offshore wind turbines or oil and gas exploration, they said.
Tracking fish through a coral reef seascapeEurekAlert | 04 Sep 2012
Juvenile coral reef fishes use coastal seagrass and mangrove habitats as nurseries, later moving as adults onto coral reefs. But the fishes' movements, and the connections between different tropical habitats, are much more complex than previously realized, according to a study published September 3 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings have important implications for management and protection of coral reefs and other marine environments.
Revolutionary software aids coastal planningNew Zealand Herald | 01 Sep 2012
Revolutionary technology developed by a billionaire philanthropist will soon offer New Zealanders a new perspective of our coastline.The online program SeaSketch, tailored for New Zealand by United States researchers, will make designing sites or reserves on our seascape as easy as a few mouse clicks.