CCAMLR Fails to Make Progress in Establishing Antarctic MPAs

By Jeff Ardron (Special to MPA News)

Back-to-back special meetings of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and Commission were held 11-16 July in Bremerhaven, Germany, to discuss MPA network proposals for the Antarctic.  However, after intensive negotiations, no meaningful progress was achieved. 

Perspective: In Colombia, a New MPA for Deep-Water Coral

By David Alonso Carvajal, INVEMAR

Historically, the discovery of deep-water coral reefs was usually accidental, occurring most often when the corals showed up as bycatch in trawl fisheries.  In the past decade, however, the study and characterization of deep coral has grown significantly, aided in part by the interest of productive sectors – namely oil and gas – in assessing seabed resources. 

Notes & News: IMPAC3 update – Sponge closures – Bermuda – Caribbean – Mediterranean – Private MPAs – European MPAs – US no-take coverage – Legal mechanisms – Value of UK MPAs – MPA screening process

Planning for IMPAC3 this October in full swing The Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress – the world’s largest MPA-focused conference – will be held this 21-27 October in Marseille and Corsica, France. Early registration is open until...