From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, Guam Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel (May 26)

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

SUMMARY:
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Guam Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

DATES:
The Guam Mariana Archipelago FEP AP will meet on Friday, May 26, 2017, between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All times listed are local island times. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES:
The Guam Mariana Archipelago FEP AP will meet at the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association Lanai, Hagatna, Guam, 96913.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

For more information, click here.

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From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, American Samoa Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel (May 31)

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

SUMMARY:
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its American Samoa Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

DATES:
The American Samoa Archipelago FEP AP will meet on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All times listed are local island times.

ADDRESSES:
The American Samoa Archipelago FEP AP will meet at the Pacific Petroleum Conference Room, Utulei, American Samoa, 96799.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

For more information, click here.

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New, stronger regulator for Canada energy projects: panel advice

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Canada should reverse the approval process for major energy projects, putting them through federal review before a final decision by new regulatory bodies, an official panel recommended on Monday.


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From The Federal Register: Public Meeting: New England Fishery Management Council; Groundfish Advisory Panel (May 24)

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AGENCY:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

SUMMARY:
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Groundfish Advisory Panel to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.

DATES:
This meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 9 a.m.

ADDRESSES:
The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Harborside, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801; phone: (603) 431-2300.

Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Agenda

The Advisory Panel will discuss Amendment 23/Groundfish Monitoring. They will receive a report from the Groundfish Plan Development Team (PDT), review public scoping comments and Discuss and make recommendations to the Groundfish Committee on the scope, purpose and need, and range of alternatives for Amendment 23. The Panel will also review 2017 Council Priorities with a discussion of Atlantic halibut management, receive a report from the PDT and make recommendations to the Groundfish Committee. They will also discuss a possible reclassification of windowpane flounder stocks with a report from the PDT and make recommendations to the Groundfish Committee. Other business will be discussed as necessary.

Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency.

For more information click here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/08/2017-09228/new-england-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

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Opportunity: Call for Nominations: Science and Advisory Panel Nominations for 2017 North Pacific Research Board (March 1)

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employment-opportunites-e1433868852278The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) is seeking nominations to its Advisory and Science Panels for 2017. Four seats for the Science Panel and four seats for the Advisory Panel will become available on 1 June 2017.

 Science Panel Qualifications:

 The Science Panel advises the Board on science planning and identification of research priorities, identification and evaluation of scientific information relevant to the Board’s mission, and review of proposals and technical evaluations received by the Board.

 NPRB is seeking Science Panel nominees whose expertise includes:

 – Physical, chemical, or biological oceanography;

– Plankton or fish ecology and/or genetics;

– Marine fisheries management;

– Stock assessment modeling; and

– Socioeconomics or social sciences.

 Strong candidates will also demonstrate knowledge of pressing fisheries management issues, research needs, and priorities of state and/or federal managers. Science panel members serve four-year terms with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

 Advisory Panel Qualifications:

 The Advisory Panel represents stakeholders, user groups, and other interested parties from various regions. Respectively, each of the four available seats represents the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, and Arctic ecosystems.

 Advisory Panel members advise the Board on accomplishing its mission and provide meaningful community-level participation throughout the Board’s science programs. Advisory panel members serve three-year terms with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

For questions, contact: admin@nprb.org

Deadline to submit nominations: March 1 2017

For more information: Science panel http://tinyurl.com/NPRB-Sci-Panel-Solic; Advisory Panel http://tinyurl.com/NPRB-Advis-Panel-Solic.

 

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Experts call on international climate change panel to better reflect ocean variability in their projections

A commentary on what should be included in the next IPCC special interdisciplinary report on oceans and the cryosphere has been released today in Nature by Daniela Schmidt, Professor of Palaeobiology from the University of Bristol and Philip Boyd, a professor of marine biogeochemistry from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.

The IPCC is an international body which was set up in 1988 to assess the science related to climate change.

Currently on its sixth assessment cycle, the goal of the IPCC is to inform policymakers of the science on climate change, the impacts, future risks and potential options for adaption and mitigation.

The latest IPCC report had for the first time chapters dedicated to the Oceans. This year, the IPCC are going one step further with a special interdisciplinary report on the ocean and the cryosphere which will be published in 2019.

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President Trump: up Coal Creek without a (solar) panel?

Trump has pledged to ditch the Paris Agreement, scrap Obama’s clean power plan, get coal miners back to work, and ‘make America great again’ on the back of a huge expansion of fossil fuel production, writes Mark Barteau. But he will run into serious difficulties, not least states going their own renewable ways, cheap natural gas, and weak international demand for coal.
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Opportunity: Call for U.S. CLIVAR Panel Member Nominations (Dec. 2)

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employment-opportunites-e1433868852278The US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) seeks qualified individuals to serve on its three subsidiary Panels:

These Panels formulate science goals and implementation strategies, catalyze and coordinate activities, and work with agencies and international partners to advance the progress of the climate research community. It is a particularly exciting time to join the US CLIVAR Panels, as they embark on planning activities to address the goals and research challenges articulated in the US CLIVAR Science Plan (released December 2013). During the next fifteen years, the program will foster understanding and prediction of climate variability and change on intraseasonal-to-centennial timescales through observations and modeling with emphasis on the role of the ocean and its interaction with other elements of the Earth system, and to serve the climate community and society through the coordination and facilitation of research on outstanding climate questions. Key research challenges include decadal variability and predictability, climate and extreme events, polar climate changes, and climate and marine carbon/biogeochemistry.
 
Each Panel is seeking members to enhance current strengths while adding expertise in new areas. Qualified nominees are expected to represent the broader interests of the research community, be willing and able to engage in scientific as well as programmatic discussions to advance Panel activities, and work with other members of the US and international CLIVAR communities.
 
The US CLIVAR POS Panel seeks new panelists with expertise in one or more of the following areas: (a) operational data assimilation, (b) satellite oceanography, (c) emerging technologies/observations, or (d) paleooceanography/paleoclimatology.

The US CLIVAR PSMI Panel seeks new panelists with prior expertise in field/process studies or model development in one or more of the following areas: (a) clouds, (b) high-frequency ocean-atmosphere interaction (diurnal to sub-seasonal), (c) coastal ocean processes, (d) high-latitude processes (i.e., Arctic, Antarctic, ocean-ice interactions), or (e) ocean biogeochemical cycles/ecosystem interactions.

The US CLIVAR PPAI Panel seeks new panelists with expertise in one or more of the following areas: (a) predictability of weather/climate extremes, (b) multi-model ensembles, (c) decadal prediction; (d) application, impact, and mitigation strategies for marine ecosystems or (e) agricultural products; or (f) interactions with stakeholders and/or stakeholder boundary organizations.

New panelists will serve for a term of four years and must have a US affiliation. Panel members should expect to attend annual meetings of the Panel typically held in the summer. Every other year, the Panel meeting is held as part of a US CLIVAR Summit, which assembles the SSC, the Panels, the Project Office, funding agency managers, and other US and international program representatives to review progress, explore science needs, and plan future activities. Travel to attend the annual meeting is arranged and funded by the US CLIVAR Project Office. In the interval between annual meetings, Panel activities are carried out through email and teleconferences.
 
Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed. To nominate yourself or a colleague to be considered for Panel membership, please submit the following via the Panel Nominations Page on the US CLIVAR site:

  • Statement of interest identifying a Panel which you want to serve and describing qualifications and research interests, particularly as they apply to the Panel focus and needs (less than 500 words)
  • A two-page vitae noting relevant publications

The deadline for submission is Friday, December 2, 2016. The US CLIVAR SSC will review applications and nominees will be notified of decisions in January 2017.

For more information: https://usclivar.org/2017-call-us-clivar-panel-member-nominations

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IUCN-Led Panel Finds Critically Endangered Whales In Russia Recovering

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The western gray whale population is currently listed at Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species. (Credit: Jose Eugenio Gomez Rodriguez / Wikipedia)

(Click to enlarge) The western gray whale population is currently listed at Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species. (Credit: Jose Eugenio Gomez Rodriguez / Wikipedia)

The joint report by IUCN-International Union for Conservation for Nature, WWF and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) examines the results of the work of an IUCN-led independent panel of scientists, which has been advising Sakhalin Energy – one of the largest companies operating in the area – as part of an innovative loan deal. Over the last 12 years, Sakhalin Energy has made important efforts to limit the impact of its operations on whales and the fragile environment. During this period, the western gray whale population has grown 3-4% annually, from an estimated 115 animals in 2004 to 174 in 2015.

(From Phys.org)– The western gray whale population is currently listed at Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species.

“What started 12 years ago as a response to a growing conflict between environmentalists and the oil and gas industry over one critically endangered whale population has resulted in multiple benefits for conservation and business,” says IUCN Director General Inger Andersen. “IUCN has shown that independent scientific panels are an effective mechanism to arrive at evidence-based and robust solutions to some of today’s pressing environment and development challenges.”

However, the report also warns that further cooperation and involvement of all companies and industries in the region – including oil and gas operators and fisheries – are crucial to ensure best practices and the long-term protection of the animals.

“The annual increase of Sakhalin whales is encouraging but their recovery in the long-term will depend on more companies in the region joining this effort,” said Doug Nowacek, a well-known specialist in whale behaviour and a WGWAP panellist. “Sakhalin Energy has demonstrated that it is possible for companies to mitigate their impacts and still operate effectively. But other companies in Sakhalin need to take similar measures to address the problem of cumulative impacts of industry on the marine environment.”

Read the full article here: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-iucn-led-panel-critically-endangered-whales.html#jCp

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U.S. states, Rockefellers clash with U.S. House panel on Exxon climate probes

HOUSTON (Reuters) – With a number of U.S. states proceeding with investigations of Exxon Mobil Corp’s record on climate change, the attorney general of Massachusetts and investment funds of the Rockefeller family on Friday told a Congressional committee it lacked powers to oversee those probes.


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