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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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A new paper published on OpenChannels.org for policy makers, managers, and students provides a short history of ocean management, its conceptual foundations, modern frameworks for it, and numerous real world examples of how these concepts and frameworks are being applied.

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Given the rapidity with which new technologies are advancing, we at MEAM wanted to catch up with leading technologists to learn which technologies they are using in their work, and which ones they feel will be most influential in improving ocean management and ecosystem health. We spoke with Matt Merrifield, chief technology officer at The Nature Conservancy; Dawn Wright, chief scientist at Esri; Renata Ferrari Legorreta, a spatial and quantitative ecologist at the University of Sydney; and Kerry Sink, marine program manager at the South African National Biodiversity Institute. We also feature several insightful and informative comments from EBM Tools Network members.

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