MPAs: Tools, not objectives

Europêche president Javier Garat has pointed out that Marine Protected Areas are tools to be used towards specific objectives, not objectives themselves, commenting in response to the IUCN motion for 30% of waters of globally to be placed off-limits.

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Fishery Council Asks for Transparent Analysis of Proposed Marine Monument Expansion

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has agreed to a resolution that asks the US government to address a suite of concerns before acting on the proposed expansion on the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (MNM) in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The proposed monument expansion could prohibit commercial tuna fishing by US vessels in two-thirds of US offshore waters around Hawaii.

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Hawaiian fishermen petition Obama to not extend MPA

Hawaii’s Hunting Farming and Fishing Association has set up a petition asking the President of the US not to extend the North-West Hawaiian Island Marine Monument from 50 miles to 200 miles around the islands, claiming that such an extension would have devastating impacts on small business, fisheries, and culture without justification or public input.

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MPA proposals come unstuck

Proposals to lock more than a million square kilometres of ocean into a vast marine protected area (MPA) have been hit by setbacks as the Austral Islands question why such an arrangement is needed. The proposals are for an area around the southernmost islands of French Polynesia to become an MPA, but the process has received far from unanimous support from the islands’ government.

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