Technology and the Seas: Enforcement in Marine Protected Areas

September 24, 2019 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Washington, DC (and webinar)

An ELI 50th Anniversary Seminar

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are marine spaces where human activities are more strictly regulated than the surrounding waters. Established in over 65 countries and territories, MPAs embody a range of habitats including open oceans, coastal areas, inter-tidal zones, and estuaries. MPAs enable the provision of fundamental ecosystem services, the protection of marine biodiversity and cultural resources, and provide spaces in which to conduct cutting-edge research and implement innovative policies. Yet, the management of MPAs can face challenges including the lack of adequate tools, rules to secure comprehensive monitoring, the vastness of the ocean, and more.

How do agencies work together to establish these areas both domestically and internationally? What are the innovative technologies that can aid in the monitoring of MPAs? How are MPAs enforced? Panelists engaged in these questions and more as they explored groundbreaking technologies, innovative MPA frameworks, and examples of successful domestic and international MPAs.

Xiao Recio-Blanco
, Director, Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
John Amos, President, SkyTruth
Wynn Carney, Special Agent, Office of Law Enforcement, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Monica Goldberg, Chief Counsel, Oceans, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Supplemental Materials:
NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Priorities FY 2018-2022 (March 1, 2018)

Presentation Materials:

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