Solving ocean challenges

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The challenges facing the oceans are complex and solving them will require a different kind of leadership.

Marine Protected Areas: Do they benefit fisheries?

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Saturday morning in Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines. Photo by Mary Aileen M delas Alas, 2011.

Last week, I read a compelling book by Alex Caveen and co-authors, ‘The Controversy over Marine Protected Areas: Science Meets Policy.’ The book seeks to answer whether strict Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), where all fishing is prohibited, are a better means of protecting exploited fish stocks than conventional fisheries management strategies that include quota restrictions, gear regulations, minimum landing sizes, and multiple use protected areas.

In rescuing the oceans, let’s not forget coastal waters

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Fishing boat, Malaysia.

After 18 months of analysis and consultation, the Global Ocean Commission has released its report, “From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean”. The Commission is a high level initiative aimed at reversing degradation of the ocean and restoring it to full health and productivity. Its focus is on the high seas, the areas that lie outside the jurisdiction of individual governments.