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In this issue of MEAM, we hear from a variety of ocean management experts that have experience using and/or building web atlases and data portals about how to scope atlas/portal development appropriately in the context of a larger planning and management process. We also learn from a data portal developer about how that data portal is being used for regional ocean management.

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The Northeast Ocean Plan was certified by the National Ocean Council in December 2016, and we now catch up with Napoli, who currently leads development of the Northeast Ocean Data portal and the implementation of the Northeast Ocean Plan under the auspices of the Northeast Region Planning Body, about how the portal is being used and next steps.

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Welcome to the May 2017 issue of MEAM (Marine Ecosystems and Management).

It is spring here in Washington, DC, and it seems like an appropriate time to take stock of where MEAM is right now and how we would like to improve and grow the newsletter to serve our multiple constituencies. An area that is of particular interest to us is increasing our geographic range – of topics, interviewees, perspectives, and readers. The map below shows the distribution of MEAM readers at present (according to Google Analytics).

In short, since MEAM became a fully online publication in September 2015, we have welcomed 11,346 unique users for 22,823 sessions. Roughly 45% of sessions were initiated from the US, 19% from Europe, 13% from North and Central America (other than the US), 7% each from Oceania and Asia, 5% from South America, and 4% from Africa.

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We do not know how future seafood trade negotiations will turn out, but several of the authors of the recent Marine Policy article spoke with us about their recent article and possible implications for global marine conservation if trade relationships do change.

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While there have been many scholarly papers written on how European policies under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Common Fisheries Policy, and Maritime Spatial Planning Directive catalyze an ecosystem approach and make room for the precautionary principle, there has been little attention paid to whether these complex regimes may actually be inhibiting effective EBM.

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