Alongside the recent presidential election in the US and the Brexit vote affecting the EU, there have been numerous other transitions of political power – peaceful and violent – worldwide this year. Each is a reminder that political time scales – and the changes in regulatory priorities that come with them – do not always match the time scales needed to conduct EBM effectively. A number of MEAM readers and other management and conservation practitioners shared their experiences and insights on how these transitions have affected and will affect their work to address long-term ocean problems. We welcome you to share your own experiences, insights, and concerns in our Comments sections as well.
Sarah Carr, editor of MEAM, and Robert Olson, senior fellow at the Institute for Alternative Futures, discuss ways to help sustain long-term work to address ocean problems.