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Canada has announced the implementation of two new protected areas in the Arctic that will put their coastal ocean protection percentage up to 14%, which is above the 10% promised by the government by 2020.

One protected area will be a Marine Protected Area (320,000 square kilometers), which will protect the area from any industrial activity and the other protected area will be a Marine Conservation Area (108,000 square kilometers), which will allow little activity in the area.  

Take a listen to the episode for more information on what the Protected Areas will keep safe. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S854_CanadaProtectsArcticWithTwoNewProtectedAreas.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Dr. Johnny Briggs from the PEW Charitable Trust's Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Program to discuss his work on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs) in the UK and the Overseas Territories. The UK committed to protecting 60% of its coastline using a combination of MPAs and OECMs.

Take a listen to determine how PEW and their partners worked on achieving such an ambitious goal.

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It FINALLY HAPPENED!!! The Canadian Government has upped its Marine Protected Area Standards to exclude some extractive industries from MPA boundaries. 

Take a listen to the episode to find out more details.

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Direct download: SUFB_S770_CanadianMPAsNowHaveBetterStandards.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

We see Marine Protected Areas being designated left, right, and centre. We always hear about the percentage of the area of the Oceans that are being designated. There is a reason for that. It's because of the Convention Of Biological Diversity at the meeting in Aichi, Japan (Target 11) that calls for nations to protect 10% of the Ocean. 

A recent paper calls out nations for focusing too much on the percentage instead of evaluating the type of biodiversity that is being protected. 

Check out the episode to listen to the details.

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Direct download: SUFB_S755_MPAsQualityOverQuantity.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Belize has doubled the amount of No-Take Marine Protected Areas in its waters to boost biodiversity and protect fisheries from future fishing pressure. 

The new No-Take MPAs as located in waters that range from 200-3000 metre deep and includes a coral reef complex called the Corona Reef. Corona Reef has been identified as an aggregation area of commercially important finfish species. The MPAs are not under significant fishing pressure at the moment; however, investments have been made to build larger boats and better gear that will handle the new depth range. 

The MPAs are designed to pro-actively protect the finfish species before the aggregation areas are depleted due to overfishing.

The No-Take MPA increase puts Belize at 12% of its coastal and marine waters over the 10% goal outlined in the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S751_BelizeNearlyDoublesNoTakeMPAInDeeperWaters.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

This is a listener request episode, where Alexandra Avila emailed me to ask me how the size of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) was determined for nearshore fisheries. Of course, the size of an MPA varies from place to place and fish to fish (some times the MPA is protecting several different species). Therefore, you will really need to listen to the episode to hear my answer. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S739_TheProcessOfCreatingMPAs.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are wonderful tools that can help replenish fisheries and maintain biodiversity within their boundaries; however, MPAs are quite expensive. Funding of each MPA can determine whether it will function properly as operational costs, such as enforcement, matter to the sustainability of the MPA.

I have the pleasure of interviewing John Bohorquez, a PhD student at Stony Brook University, who is studying finances of MPAs. I talk to him about how MPAs are financed and how the areas areas are funded. 

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

What did you think about the financing of MPAs? Let me know in the Facebook Group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S552_PayingForMarineProtectedAreas.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

As I continue to post from IMCC5, I had the chance to sit down with Nina Bohla (UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and Lance Morgan (Marine Conservation Institute) to discuss the IUCN Marine Protected Area (MPA) Standards. 

Both guests tell us their excitement about the MPA Standards and how their organizations have incorporated into their work.

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Direct download: SUFB_S491_Part2MPAStandardsWithNinaBohlaAndLanceMorgan1.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

The IUCN has launched a new document about Marine Protected Area (MPA) Standards to help redefine what an MPA is. Why is this important? It's because the world needs to protect 10% of biodiversity by the year 2020 according to the member countries who signed on to the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

The MPA Standards document was launched here at IMCC5 during the keynote presentation by Dr. Jane Lubchenco and at one of the sessions during the conference to get feedback from people as an initial reaction. 

What do you think about this new standard?

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S490_IUCNMPAStandardsWithAngeloVillagomez.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Ocean Talk Friday brings me around to discuss two big nes items that came out this week:

1) Walrus was left off the Endangered Species Act in the US; and,
2) Two Scientists have different views on Marine Protected Size and priority for protection (Story 1 and Response)

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Direct download: SUFB_S452_WalrusRejectedAsESAMPAControversy.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Nathan Johnson joins us on Ocean Talk Friday after a busy summer. Today we talk about the following articles:

1) Canada designates it's largest conservation area (not an MPA, but similar);
2) Hawaiian National Monument gets an award for doing great work;
3) Can Aquaculture supply the world with seafood in a sustainable way; and,
4) NASA is using satellites to help understand Antarctica ecology

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S366_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Does it make sense to allow Oil and Gas Exploration within the boundaries of a Marine Protected Area and still call it protected? Trudeau's government thinks it does. I break down how this situation doesn't necessarily depict a Marine Protected Area, but it does describe a management area within a Marine Park. Perhaps the government of Canada is going about designating MPAs the wrong way? 

Take a listen and find out how.

Also on the show...there are these "Gummy Bear-Like" organisms that are frustrating the hell out of fishers along the US Pacific Coast...find out how during this episode.

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The Government of Canada recently made some ambitious goals to protect 10% of their coasts by 2020. I speak to Dr. Rodolphe Devillers to discuss the challenges the Canadian Government and other governments face when establishing Marine Protected Areas.

Some of the challenges we discuss:
1) Will protected areas only be designated where human activity is absent to implement them faster?
2) Should the MPAs designated be connected ecologically?

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Marine Protected Areas are a big tool in the Ocean Conservation toolbox because they work. It has taken some time for them to catch on, but if they are created in the right way where they bring in stakeholders at the beginning of the process and it is science based, then they can do well. These types of protected areas have been documented well in the scientific literature. 

It seems as though more and more protected areas are being designated every month. Since September, one US Marine Monument in Hawaii was expanded to 4 times its original size, another has been created in the Atlantic Ocean (the size of Connecticut), the Ross Sea has been declared an MPA, and now the Philippines and Canada declared MPAs. 

I talk about how these last 2 MPAs got designated and where each country is going with Marine Conservation in the future. 

Enjoy the podcast!

Direct download: SUFB_S241_MoreMPAsDeclaredInTheWorld.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

A colleague of mine and the Facebook Group Manager of the Citizen Scientist for the Oceans group posted a couple of articles about Marine Conservation and Marine Protected Areas. In each article, the topic was how Marine Protected Areas were not as successful because they couldn't protect against 2 things:

  1. Local stakeholders (shark fishermen) who didn't have alternative livings to take care of their families; and,
  2. Couldn't protect coral reef habitats in the most complex and largest multi-use marine protected areas in the world from sea surface temperature increased- coral bleaching (due to climate change).

MPAs work for that they are designed to do, protect habitats from human uses such as over fishing, tourism, oil and gas drilling, and mining. It does not protect against bad water quality (nutrients and sedimentation) and climate change.

Listen to the podcast as to why this is so and what we need to do about it.

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Direct download: SUFB_S168_MoreThanMPasNeeded.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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