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.
As we all know, innovations and insights for improving ocean management are being developed across the globe. We would appreciate your help reaching out to new contributors and readers by:
- Sending this issue of MEAM or a link to the MEAM archives (https://meam.openchannels.org/meam/archives) to colleagues who might be interested
- Taking our short survey to provide input on how we can reach more ocean planners and managers, particularly in underrepresented areas.
On another note, we just completed another update to our compilation of EBM and MSP-related training opportunities, adding several new EBM, MSP, and “blue planning” trainings. Check it out!
Thank you for your time and support, and best wishes for your work,
Sarah Carr, Editor