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Posted on July 28, 2017 - 9:55am, by nwehner

The Government of Tonga, MACBIO, Vava’u Environmental Protection Association, and the Waitt Institute are supporting a marine spatial planning process in Tonga, which will include all of Tonga’s ocean area. As many of you may know, Tonga has substantial deep ocean resources and features. We are seeking photos and videos of Tonga’s deep ocean that we can utilize to share with the communities of Tonga as part of our ocean awareness campaign. We will utilize photos and videos in a variety of materials focused on educating people about the resources of Tonga, what they are, why they are important, how to sustainably manage them, etc.

If you have or know of photo or video resources from Tonga that you can share with us, we would be much obliged (and happy to cite the source of any materials). If you do send photos or videos, it would be useful if you could highlight location of photo and key features. It would be great if we could receive the materials by August 18, 2017.

In the News
Posted on July 14, 2017 - 1:03pm, by nwehner

We would like to cordially invite you to take part in a short online questionnaire relating to your experience and familiarity with a variety of pelagic platforms (e.g. aerial/vessel surveys, underwater videography, animal-borne tags, environmental DNA, drones, etc. amongst many more). This work is part of ongoing efforts to develop standard operating procedures for the collection of consistent, comparable, interpretable and fit-for-purpose empirical evidence useful in assessing status and trends in ocean ecosystems. 

The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management

MEAM’s sister organization is currently creating “Top Lists”, concise selections of resources on specific topics in marine conservation and management. These top lists include journal articles, reports, webinar recordings, newsletter articles, and blogs. They provide an easy way for practitioners to access a variety of sources of information on a topic quickly.

In the News
Posted on July 10, 2017 - 10:32am, by nwehner

As part of ongoing efforts to implement several of the President's recent Executive Orders, NOAA Fisheries and the National Ocean Service published a joint Federal Register notice on July 6, 2017, for a 45-day public comment period seeking broad input on identifying existing regulations and processes that, among other things, may be outdated, unnecessary, ineffective; inhibit job creation and growth; and /or can be further streamlined in a manner consistent with law.