Last week, I reported that COL will weigh in when actions by Congress and the administration affect the ocean science and technology community. We did just that over the last few days, submitting a letter to President Trump on the key role of ocean science in protecting our nations’ security, as well as the critical importance of access, international relations, and collaboration. We also joined 163 other scientific, engineering and education societies, national associations, and universities in a similar letter to the president stressing the “profound implications” limiting the flow people and ideas has on “diplomatic, humanitarian, and national security interests.”
The flow of ideas across borders and nations is critical to growing our expertise and knowledge in key areas. A perfect example of this is the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference (GoMOSES), which opened today in New Orleans. More than 900 oil spill and ocean science experts from academia, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industry from more than a dozen nations around the world are gathering to focus on the latest oil spill and ecosystem science discoveries, innovations, technologies, and policies. I look forward to reporting more the science shared at GoMOSES next week.
Don’t forget to join us March 8 at our annual public policy forum, Feeding the Future: An Ocean of Opportunity.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Large Marine Protected Areas Effectively Protect Reef Shark Populations
Researchers at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station investigated the role of expanded marine protected areas (MPAs) on grey reef sharks and found that the aquatic no-fishing zones were an effective tool for protecting this near-threatened species. For their study, the team tracked both sharks and fishing vessels in the U.S. Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, a large MPA about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) south of Hawaii.