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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, we have exciting news from Papua New Guinea. They have established two new marine protected areas spanning 16,000 square kilometers, making it one of the largest community-led efforts of its kind. The process took seven years and involved over 9,000 people from 100 indigenous communities. These protected areas are a significant victory for Papua New Guinea, indigenous peoples, and endangered marine species like sharks, rays, and turtles. This achievement sets an example of successful community and government partnership on the path to achieving the global 30 by 30 target.

Tune in to learn more about this remarkable conservation effort.

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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, the host discusses the importance of ratings and reviews in helping new listeners decide whether to tune in. Listeners are encouraged to leave ratings and reviews on platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other favorite podcast apps. The host specifically asks for feedback on why listeners enjoy the podcast and their overall experience. By sharing their thoughts, listeners can help others understand what to expect and potentially have the same positive experience.

To further engage with the audience, the host suggests reaching out on Instagram and sharing a screenshot of their rating and review. It is emphasized that the host does not take offense if listeners don't love the podcast, but they want to provide transparency and help potential listeners make informed decisions.

Moving on, the episode delves into the concept of contributing to ocean conservation commitments (OCCs) as a way for individuals to directly support marine protected areas (MPAs) and initiatives. OCCs are highlighted as a new funding model that has revolutionized conservation efforts. By financially supporting a specific square kilometer of an MPA for 20 years or more, individuals can have a direct impact on its management and success.

The host draws a parallel to platforms like Patreon, where creators update their supporters on project progress. Similarly, supporters of OCCs would want to stay informed about the management of the MPAs they are supporting. The host acknowledges that OCCs provide an opportunity for individuals who may feel frustrated or unable to support larger initiatives to contribute to ocean conservation.

However, the host also emphasizes the need for trust, fail-safes, and reporting mechanisms to ensure the effectiveness and transparency of the OCC model. The example of the island of Nui is mentioned as a case study to understand how the OCC model works and how people respond to supporting such initiatives.

Listeners are invited to share their thoughts on the OCC business model and encouraged to listen to the episode for more information. Contact information is provided for leaving comments, ratings, and reviews, which can help others understand the value of the podcast and why they should give it a listen.

Lastly, the episode celebrates the establishment of two new marine protected areas in Papua New Guinea. These MPAs cover an impressive 16,000 square kilometers, equivalent to 1.5 million hectares. Not only is this one of the largest MPAs in terms of size, but it is also significant because it was established through a community-led process.

The process of establishing these MPAs spanned seven years and involved the participation of over 9,000 people from more than 100 indigenous communities. This community-led approach ensures that local communities have rights and a say over their lands and seas. The establishment of these MPAs is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the efforts of everyone involved.

Furthermore, the creation of these MPAs in Papua New Guinea contributes to the global goal of protecting and conserving at least 30% of the Earth's land and seas by 2030, known as "30 by 30." While there is still progress to be made to reach this target, the establishment of these MPAs in Papua New Guinea is a step in the right direction.

Overall, the episode underscores the importance of marine protected areas and their positive impact on biodiversity and conservation efforts. It also highlights the significance of community involvement and the crucial role that indigenous peoples play in managing and safeguarding their lands and seas.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1530_TwoMPAsEstablishedInPapuaNewGuinea.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In this episode, host Andrew Lewin interviews Anupa Asokan, the senior advocate for the Oceans Division of the Nature Program for the NRDC. Anupa shares her unique career path in marine science and conservation, highlighting the different positions she has held and the various organizations for which she has worked. This episode challenges the notion of following a specific career path and emphasizes the importance of finding one's own niche. The conversation also delves into the topic of marine protected areas. Tune in to learn about Anupa's journey and gain insights into advocating for the ocean.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1497_MPAwithAnupaMauiAd.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EST

The Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas
MPAs have been proven to be an influential tool for marine conservation, with evidence showing improvements in biodiversity, habitat restoration, and fish stock regeneration within these protected zones. However, the effectiveness of MPAs can be limited by factors such as inadequate funding, weak enforcement, and lack of stakeholder involvement. Andrew Lewin believes that despite these challenges, MPAs remain vital for protecting the oceans. He discusses how well-managed MPAs contribute to the regeneration of fish stocks, bringing long-term ecological and socioeconomic benefits. Lewin also emphasizes the need for verified and validated research supporting MPA effectiveness, mentioning a recent study on large MPAs' impact on established fisheries.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Visit Hakaimagazine.com to read Brian Owens' article on Marine Protected Areas (https://bit.ly/3NiwGlY).

  • Support the establishment and management of Marine Protected Areas by advocating for the inclusion of all ocean stakeholders in the planning process.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1468_TheSkinnyOnMPAs.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In this episode, we'll explore the real-life effects of MPAs on fishing communities, and uncover the critical role of sustainability in the industry. Get ready to learn how to adapt and thrive in this evolving landscape.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) can influence the fishing industry and its sustainability practices.

  • Delve into the real-life impacts of MPAs on various fishing communities, using the powerful case study of Revillagigedo National Park and the Mexican Industrial Fishing Fleet.

  • Understand the critical role of transparency in catch data, helping to ensure a thriving and well-managed ecosystem.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1465_MPADoesNotHarmFishing.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EST

We are now in the decade of the ocean and you may or may not have heard of the term flying around that is supposed to help the oceans and lands and protect biodiversity. The term is 30 x 30. It means 196 nations have pledged to protect 30% of lands and oceans by the year 2030. It's a great goal that can help our environment and the human species from climate change, water pollution, plastic pollution, overfishing, and other human disturbances; however, the number 30 could just mean that politicians will focus on just the quantity and not the quality of the protected areas. The Center of American Progress would like to see a quality-over-quantity scenario and I am going to talk about how where the US needs to focus.
 
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Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EST

All of the talks around protecting 30% of the world's oceans by the year 2030 have really put a focus on the quality of MPAs that exist and that will be designated in the future. MPA design and implementation are unique around the world, especially if a country or region is new to the process. 

Angelo Villagomez and Johnny Briggs join me on the podcast to discuss the new Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy MPA Guide that will help ocean practitioners with their MPA process beyond just designating MPAs. The guide also has a focus on how to make the MPAs sustainable through sustainable funding and enforcement. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1208_MPAGuide.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

The UK government responded to reports that 97% of their Marine Protected areas had allowed trawlers to fish in the areas where the major goals of the MPA were to protect the seabed making the MPA ineffective. The response was to add High Protected Marine Areas in a pilot scheme next year for 5 ocean areas. It sounds great, but many critiques would like to see the areas designated sooner rather than later.

Link to Article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/09/uk-to-trial-highly-protected-marine-areas-in-win-for-ocean-campaigners

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Direct download: SUFB_S1173_UKToImplementHighlyProtectedMarineAreas.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EST

A major partnership launched today has a goal of protecting 18 million square kilometers around the world. The partnership is called the Blue Nature Alliance and its goal is to team up with communities in Fiji, Antarctica's Southern Ocean, and Tristan da Cunha.

The Blue Nature Alliance is a collaboration led by Conservation International, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Global Environment Facility, Minderoo Foundation, and the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation. These are huge organizations with the resources to help communities establish and manage Marine Protected Areas. 

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Environmental Studies & Sciences
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Ocean Science Radio
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The Guide To Mindful Conservation: Dancing In Pink Hiking Boots:
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Direct download: SUFB_S1148_BlueNatureAllianceWithLaureKatz.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

On Monday, I published an episode about how the Ontario Provincial Government was about to pass a bill to take powers away from the province's Conservation Authorities on making decisions as to who can build on floodplains. Currently, A Conservation Authority can deny any developer from building on a natural area due to flooding practices. The new bill will allow developers who do not like the answer to appeal the decision directly to the Minister of Natural Resources, who can overturn the verdict. 

As I posted clips from Monday's episode on social media, my local councillor in my city reached out to me to tell me that the Council, the Mayor, and the other Mayors on our region were sending a letter to the Premiere of Ontario (head of the provincial government) to tell him that they are against the action. 

It was great to hear my local government was taking action and that they reached out to me to provide updates on more than one occasion. 

I also discussed the designation of a Marine Protected Area in the Southern Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Tristan da Cunha Islands. 265,347 square miles of the Archipelago's waters will be protected (90% of the water will be a Marine Protected Area.

The Marine Protected Area is part of the UK Blue Belt Programme that is designed to protect 30% of UK waters. So far, 2.7 million square miles have been protected around the world. 

Link to MPA Article:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2020/11/tristan-da-cunha-atlantic-marine-protection-zone/

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Marine Conservation Happy Hour
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Projects For Wildlife Podcast:
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Ocean Science Radio
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The Guide To Mindful Conservation: Dancing In Pink Hiking Boots:
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Russia and China voted against approving 3 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the East Coast of Antarctica this past week thwarting another attempt to implement more MPAs in the region. 5 Years ago, the same 26 member committee that manages Antarctica, which includes Russia, China, the US, and others, approved the largest MPA in the Ross Sea. The vote against the 3 MPAs is disappointing, but not all hope is lost. 

3 new countries swung their vote to approve the MPAs. Uruguay, Norway, and Australia all voted for approving the MPAs as they changed their votes. This change in momentum provides hope for next year's vote. 

More hope is expected as it will be the 40th meeting of the 26 member committee called the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty System. Anniversaries like this can give countries a sense of pride in the work that has been conducted over the past 60 years and could lead to a vote in the right direction. 

The quest to get these MPAs approved will continue until all of the countries are in favour. The Conservationists that are involved are very persistent to achieve their goals. They will not give up and it is why I have hope that the MPAs will get approved at some point. I think the fact that the Ross Sea MPA went through a similar process and trend enforces my hope that conservation will win out. We just can't give up. 

When do you think the MPAs will be approved?

Link To Article: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/once-again-new-antarctic-reserves-fail-win-backing

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The largest Atlantic US Marine Monument is now open for commercial fishing after the President of the United States signs an Executive Order to allow fishing to occur within the boundaries.

There is a reason why this happened and it has to do with the manner in which the Monument was designated. Take a listen to the show to find out what I mean.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1015_TrumpOpensAtlanticMarineMonument.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EST

I'm taking it back to episode 6 when I interviewed a good friend of mine Angelo Villagomez from the Pew Charitable Trust. He worked with small island communities to help them protect sharks using Marine Protected Areas. He still works with Pew on Marine Protected Areas for all of the Oceans. 

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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S552_PayingForMarineProtectedAreas.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

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 EST

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?

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Direct download: SUFB_S490_IUCNMPAStandardsWithAngeloVillagomez.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 9:04pm EST

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 EST

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

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Direct download: SUFB_S366_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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