Marine Newsletter #10 – September 2010

Highlights from the Marine Programme at GRID-Arendal for September 2010 

1. Featured Project

Marine fact sheet for South Africa
Together with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) of South Africa, GRID-Arendal is producing a fact sheet to highlight on-going initiatives taken by the Government of South Africa to protect its coastal and marine resources. This fact sheet will be part of a larger production including similar fact sheets on the themes of water, fires and wetlands, expected to be completed by the end of 2010. The facts and graphics will reflect the themes of South Africa maritime boundaries and zones, the legislation and programmes that guide the management of the South African marine environment, and the network of marine protected areas.

For more information, please contact Jean-Nicolas Poussart.

2. Data and Products

Index to Marine & Lacustrine Geological Samples Database
NOAA/NGDC (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Geophysical Data Center, USA) is now publishing GRID-Arendal's Google Earth version of their famous “Index to Marine & Lacustrine Geological Samples Database”. The product has been part of the Continental Shelf One Stop Data Shop for some time; only minor adaptions were done to make it into a real NGDC product.
Download the Google Earth layer here.

For more information, please contact Øystein Halvorsen.

3. Events

Recent events

Seminars/meetings/conferences related to the marine environment where representatives from GRID-Arendal have participated:

  • Receiving His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Arendal, 1 September – introducing the Royal Couple to the Marine Programme in general and the Shelf Programme in particular.
  • Steering Committee meeting for InterRidge, Winchester, UK, 6-7 September.
  • North American Regional Consultation Meeting for the UNEP Global Environmental Outlook-5 Process, Ottawa, Canada, 9 September.
  • World Energy Congress, Montreal, Canada, 12-16 September.
  • Arctic Ocean Review workshop and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) II-2010 meeting, Washington D.C., USA, 13-16 September.
  • 12th UNEP Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, Bergen, Norway, 20-22 September.

Upcoming events

12-13 October
Oostende, Belgium: Eurocean 2010.
For more information, please contact Joan Fabres.

4. Other

Vacancy at GRID-Arendal: Marine Expert
GRID-Arendal is seeking a Marine Expert to participate in the planning, developing and implementing of various Marine Ecosystem Management activities of its Marine Programme. The ideal candidate is a proficient networker with top quality interpersonal, organizational and team-oriented skills, who can apply innovative and forward thinking approaches to the development of GA’s marine strategy focusing on developing states and small island developing states.

Activity areas for this position are primarily (but not exclusively) focused on the following thematic areas: deep ocean benthic environment and resource management, spatial planning within national maritime zones and the use, application and management of data necessary for sound decision making. An overall aim involves promoting to the general public and decision makers the value of the oceans and their ecosystems.

Read more here.
Deadline for applications: 8 October, 2010

Did you know that…

…many of the hammerhead sharks that are butchered to feed Asian demand for shark-fin soup start their lives in American waters?
Source: National Geographic
…female spurdog (spiny dogfish) have one of the longest gestation periods of any animal, carrying their pups for nearly two years? Indeed, females from the Northeast Pacific do not reproduce until they are 35 years old. This makes them extremely vulnerable to overfishing as they are slow to repopulate once depleted.
Source: Shark Alliance

Our favorite website of the month

Smithsonian Ocean Portal

If you would like your website to be featured here, please contact Rannveig Nilsen.

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For previous editions of this Marine Newsletter, please visit our Marine Programme website.

Friday 01 Oct 2010