Coastal communities in developing nations have led way on new media
This is to acknowledge the important contribution of MEAM in directing our community to the potential for new media tools in EBM ("New Media and EBM: Using Twitter, YouTube, and Other Tools to Engage the 'Crowd' and Improve Management", MEAM 5:4). This is a commendable effort. As you may be aware, several coastal communities in developing countries - the south Indian State of Kerala being an outstanding example, where fishermen have been using technologies like mobile phones and community radio long before their comrades in the North - have been exploiting the power of new media for quite some time.
Editor, SAMUDRA Report, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers. E-mail: kgkumar [at] gmail.com
Facebook holds value for the oceans
I strongly agree with the positive comments in MEAM on the value of social media for the oceans. Despite my age, I am a member of Facebook and find that it aids communication at all levels of expertise - not only to adolescents. I suspect that those "experts" who reject such value may suffer from a form of intellectual elitism.
Graeme Kelleher AO
Former chairman, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Canberra, Australia. E-mail: graempa [at] home.netspeed.com.au