Dear reader,

In July 1999, the first issue of MPA News was published. Its purpose was simple: to help MPA planners and managers learn from each other, no matter where they were in the world. Now 10 years later, MPA News has more than 4000 subscribers in 122 countries. Our staff and editorial board are pleased to continue to serve the field of MPA planning and management. With you, we are building a global community of MPA practitioners.

This issue of MPA News also marks a new publishing schedule for the newsletter. For at least the next two years, MPA News will be published bimonthly (every other month), rather than monthly. The new publication schedule of MPA News will alternate with that of its sister newsletter Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM), which will also be distributed on a bimonthly basis. If you are not already a subscriber of MEAM and wish to sign up or read back issues, please visit its website at

Although this means a less-frequent delivery for MPA News, we will supplement it with regular Web-based seminars to provide more in-depth analysis of particular subjects, straight from experts in the field. MPA News will co-produce these webinars with the EBM Tools Network. The first webinar will be announced soon at

Thank you for your support of MPA News. It is a pleasure to serve you, and our team looks forward to continuing to do so for years to come.

John Davis