Dear MEAM readers,

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.

Best wishes for your work,
Sarah Carr
MEAM Editor