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Quick Study: When Can Eating More Fish Actually Benefit Fish Populations and Fishermen?

What effect does consumer demand have on fish populations? If you assumed it would be negative, this case study from Nature Conservancy scientist Sheila Walsh and others might make you re-think your position.

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New Study: Marine Protection Goals Are on Target, But Still Not Enough

According to a new report led by Nature Conservancy scientists and policy experts, the number of marine protected areas (MPAs) has increased fivefold in the last 10 years and the world is actually on track to meet its goal of protecting 10% of the oceans by 2020.

Sounds like something to shout from the rooftops, right? Not quite, say the authors. Instead, they want the marine conservation community to see this as an opportunity for reassessment: A call-to-action to step up and look beyond the numbers.

“It’s certainly progress and we should celebrate that,” says Mark Spalding, a Conservancy marine scientist and lead author on the report. “But there’s a lot of nuance behind these targets. More than that, is 10% really what we should be fixated on?”

The study — developed in conjunction with the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre and published in the Ocean Yearbook — assessed the state of ocean protection efforts to date and provides recommendations for how to achieve real success for the future. The authors reviewed 10,280 MPAs, covering 8.3 million square kilometers or 2.3% of the world’s ocean area, and found:

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Reflecting on Gulf Milestones

In today’s news cycle, 2010 seems a long time ago.

But the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is still making headlines. Are we any closer to recovery? 

The year opened in a frenzy of renewed media attention on the Gulf Coast. A judge approved the BP criminal settlement from the spill and the headlines told the story:  “BP to Pay Record Fines for Gulf Oil Spill”, “BP Oil Spill Settlement Payments Exceed $1B Mark”, “BP Criminal Fines Could be a Game Changer.”

As a result of this settlement, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is entrusted with administering nearly $2.4 billion to fund restoration work in the Gulf. Of course, the resolution of civil fines and penalties under the Clean Water Act is still pending and that trial is currently set to start in Louisiana later this month.

Like everything in the Gulf, the mechanisms of restitution and recovery are, well, complicated, and likely to play out over years.

But even in the midst of the swirl, one point rises above everything else: the appetite and the vision for restoring the Gulf continue to gain clarity, momentum, and most importantly, broad-based support.

The milestones of progress and the importance of community-based restoration are clear.

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Forest Dilemmas

Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the 21st century. Join us for a provocative 5-part series exploring the full complexity facing forest conservation in the eastern United States.

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Can farmers globally both adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change? A new paper answers with a definitive yes. But it won't be easy.

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