• IUCN Publishes New Book on Marine Protected Areas

    As part of a new regularized process for the publishing of scientific information on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and publishers Wiley Online Library have released a Special Issue of Aquatic Conservation that brings together a broad range of peer-reviewed articles by leading conservation professionals relating to marine protected areas. IUCN and Wiley plan to continue this collaboration as a means of keeping MPA practitioners armed with the latest data and ideas regarding MPA creation and improved MPA management worldwide.

    Click here for more information regarding this book.

  • CRE Comments to OMB/OIRA on BOEM’s Requested Seismic ICR

    On December 8, 2014, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness filed comments with Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. These comments were on the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Environmental Management’s Information Collection Request under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The requested ICR covers information collection requirements for offshore oil and gas geological and geophysical Activities, including the use of seismic air guns. CRE’s comments made the following and other points.

    CRE does not oppose this ICR because it only covers and authorizes current, time-tested monitoring and reporting requirements.

  • CRE Comments on Long Term Monitoring Plan

    On December 8, 2014, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness filed Comments on the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Request for Information on the Development of a Long Term Monitoring Plan for Marine Mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. CRE’s comments made the following and other points.

    BOEM and NMFS should not proceed with the LTMP.  BOEM and NMFS have correctly concluded that seismic and other Geological and Geophysical activities in the GOM are not hurting marine mammals under current regulation.  The Government has successfully regulated GOM G&G for decades without an LTMP. There is no need for one now.

  • IUCN Holds World Park Congress

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature held its once in a decade World Parks Congress beginning November 12th in Sydney, Australia. This year’s congregation of non-profits, private interests and agencies, all working on protected areas across the globe, was unique for two important reasons. The event had a  much larger ocean focus than ever before, featuring over 250 ocean-related sessions joined together under a marine theme ; and the Congress used technologies for ocean outreach and collaboration that are thoroughly new to the IUCN’s events.

    Click here for the IUCN World Parks Congress website.