This webinar originally aired on 9 October 2012.

Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) and its sister newsletter MPA News have partnered to build a new website to help coastal and marine management and conservation practitioners share knowledge more easily. OpenChannels ( is a comprehensive source for news, guidance, and community discussion on sustainable practices in ocean planning and management including marine spatial planning, EBM, and marine protected areas. Although its capabilities will continue to grow over time, OpenChannels already offers an array of tools including: a robust and searchable library of a thousand publications on ocean planning and management topics, open discussion forums and regular live chats with experts, the ability to rate a wide array of content on its usefulness, as well as comment on articles from MEAM and MPA News, a growing collection of instructional videos, and a team of regular commentators. OpenChannels is being developed in an adaptive way, learning from practitioners what works and what doesn’t and improving constantly. Learn more at

This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network, and it was presented by John Davis and Nick Wehner of MPA News and Marine Ecosystems and Management.