Dear Reader,

This edition of MPA News marks the start of our ninth year of publication, with subscribers now in 113 countries. The staff and editorial board look forward to continuing to serve MPA practitioners worldwide. Please keep us informed of your MPA’s latest efforts, whether new, different, or challenging ( We value hearing from our readers, and want to help you share your experience and knowledge with peers.

What makes the coming year particularly exciting is the launch this September of our sister publication on coastal and marine ecosystem-based management, announced in our June 2007 edition. It will adapt and improve on the MPA News model with new, useful features, and enable us to serve a broader group of practitioners.

I will keep you informed of our progress. On behalf of the MPA News team, thank you for continuing to allow us to serve you. It is our pleasure to do so.

John Davis