“When is a Marine Protected Area not a Marine Protected Area?”

Physic.Org posted the above-titled article, which reads in part as follow:

“A recent paper on the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in northern Europe (“Elevated trawling inside protected areas undermines conservation outcomes in a global fishing hot spot”) reveals that industrial-scale fishing – primarily the use of bottom-trawl fishing – is widespread in so-called protected areas that were established specifically to safeguard highly biodiverse marine and coastal habitats across the North Sea. We welcome this important and timely piece of research. Unfortunately, a number of the press reports that covered this paper’s findings included sensationalist – and misleading – headlines that are potentially very damaging to the cause of marine conservation.”

International conference on Marine Protected areas and Marine Conservation

This International Research Conference will meet in Rome on March 5-6, 2019.

Its website states that:

“The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations.

Federal Defendants Deadline to Respond to Complaint in Atlantic IHA Case

On February 8, 2019, the judge in the South Carolina Atlantic IHA litigation ordered the Federal Defendants to respond to the plaintiffs’ complaint by April 5, 2019.  This deadline may be further extended because the plaintiffs have said they may file an amended complaint.

CRE Files Beaufort Comments

The Center for Regulatory effectiveness filed comments on the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Notice of Intent to perform an Environmental Impact Statement for BOEM’s Proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

CRE’s comments (footnotes omitted) include the following Executive Summary:

“BOEM seeks comments on the scoping of an EIS that ‘will focus on the potential effects of leasing, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas in the’ Beaufort Sea Program Area.1