Plan for national system of MPAs available for comment

Are deep-sea and pelagic habitats adequately represented in the new US plan for a national system of marine protected areas? I dunno, it just came out! We have 30 days to comment….

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) is pleased to announce the release of the Revised Draft Framework for Developing the National System of Marine Protected Areas for a 30 day comment period ending April 16. You can find electronic copies of the draft framework and associated documents at

The release of this revised draft framework reflects continued dialogue with federal, state, tribal and territorial resource managers; fishery management councils; inter-state fishery commissions; anglers; conservation organizations; the energy industry; commercial fishermen; coastal communities; scientists; divers; and others. At the end of the public comment period, the MPA Center will address all comments received, and begin working with government partners to establish the national system.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.