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The OSPAR Commission has agreed to seek views of on the site nomination proforma for the proposed ‘North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Seamount Marine Protected Area’ (NACES MPA, the site) in a wide and inclusive manner. A nomination proforma is a document used to collate background information against agreed criteria as a basis for a decision to designate a new MPA.

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Marine wilderness in exclusive economic zones (light blue), in areas outside national jurisdiction (dark blue), and marine protected areas (green). Jones et al. Current Biology 2018.

Just 13% of the world’s oceans are now free from intense human activities such as fishing, according to a new map of ocean wilderness areas.

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Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present its 11th annual Regional Policy Award to Representative Walter J. Leger III, speaker pro tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives, during the Society's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ESA award recognizes an elected or appointed local policymaker who has an outstanding record of informing policy decisions with ecological science.

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Cyanobacteria on the surface of Lake Okeechobee at Port Mayaca on 24 June 2018. According to NOAA, the cyanobacteria covered ninety percent of the lake less than one week later. Photo credit: Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch and Ed Lippisch

For the second time in three years, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency in Lee and Martin counties, due to massive freshwater cyanobacteria blooms that have turned Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers into public health hazards.

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On 19 July 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) jointly propose revisions to regulations that implement portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Included is a change in protections for threatened species, detailed below.

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