On the Tide

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How You Can Help the Global Ocean Refuge System Become a Reality

Many people have been asking us how they can help with the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). They understand the value of GLORES and how it will help avert mass extinction in the oceans that we all need for our survival. We are encouraged and heartened by your positive responses and encourage you to get
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Marine Experts Meet to Define Criteria for the Global Ocean Refuge System

On August 13th Elliott Norse and I hosted the first Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) workshop at the University of Glasgow the day before the official start of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3). Establishing rigorous and transparent scientific criteria for ensuring the effectiveness of marine protected areas is a complex and academically challenging endeavor.
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Chinese fishermen fight to stop South Korean Coast Guard agents from boarding during a crackdown on alleged illegal fishing in the Yellow Sea.
Photo: Dong-a Ilbo, Getty Images

Why We Need to End Illegal Fishing and What We Are Doing About It

Last week, we testified at the final public meeting for the Presidential Taskforce on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud.  The issue in question – “pirate fishing” – has been highlighted recently in international news, understandable given that it accounts for $10-$23 billion dollars in traded seafood each year.  In the
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Hope and GLORES at the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress

This is a sort of love letter, not to any one person, but to a new generation of marine conservation biologists. I’ve just returned from Glasgow, Scotland, where Marine Conservation Institute’s president Lance Morgan and I vetted the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), first in a small workshop we held to discuss criteria with a
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Scientists Gather at International Marine Conservation Congress to Develop Global Ocean Refuge System Criteria

Marine Conservation Institute Founder and Chief Scientist, Dr. Elliott Norse, to Give Plenary Speech at Conference in Glasgow, Scotland

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, is hosting an all-day workshop with 19 top marine scientists today to discuss criteria for the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). The workshop is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, a day before the 3rd annual International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3) takes place there. Dr. Elliott Norse,
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Ask President Obama to Create the Largest Marine Protected Network on Earth

Sign Here Today to do Your part

Sign here today to do your part in creating the largest marine protected network on earth.  Deadline is this Friday, August 15. As Epeli Hau‘ofa, the famous Pacific Island anthropologist, once wrote: The sea: “…shapes the character of this planet,… it is a major source of our sustenance, … the sea is our pathway to
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Photo by Laura M. Beauregard/USFWS.

Treasure Trove of Pacific Wildlife Need Your Support for Expanded Marine National Monument

This post first appeared on the National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Promise Blog

It isn’t often that you get to mention four previous Presidents—Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—in the same breath as our current President, Barack Obama.  But each one—three Republicans and two Democrats—has recognized that one or more of the Pacific Remote islands (see map) and their waters were important enough to
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Are Shark Sanctuaries Really Safe Havens for Sharks?

Discover where all the world’s shark sanctuaries are on MPAtlas!

Shark Week brings an unprecedented amount of attention to sharks and we are excited to help highlight the importance of protecting these animals by sharing our new “Shark Sanctuaries” layer at www.MPAtlas.org. This website maps places where shark protections have been established around the world.  We invite you to explore our newest feature and learn more
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How Much Longline Fishing Is Really Happening in the Pacific Remote Islands Area?

Since President Obama announced his intent to consider expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, a great deal of conversation has focused on current fishing practices in the potentially affected areas.  In particular, there has been concern expressed that a monument expansion would severely impact the Hawai’i-based longline fleet.  However, since 1994, the fishing activity by this fleet in the waters surrounding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument has been minimal, and has generally declined over the past 5-10 years.

Of the number of fish (all species) caught and kept by the fishing fleet in 2012, only 5.18% came from the Pacific Remote Islands Area (PRIA).  The percentage of all tunas (the most highly sought after group of species) caught in the PRIA and kept by the fleet in 2012 was 6.55%.  Additional details on overall catch levels, specific tuna species, and fishing effort are shown in the figures below.

All data taken from annual summary reports of fishing effort and catch statistics for US longline vessels landing in Hawai’i as derived from the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Pacific Daily Longline Fishing Log records. All figures are based on the number of fish caught and kept by the Honolulu, Hawai’i-based longline fleet. Additional figures and raw data available upon request.

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Where do McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches Come From?

Where do McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches Come From? Reposted from Greenpeace Blogs Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is asking McDonald’s to stand down on an issue that could impact the long term availability of one of its signature products — the Filet-O-Fish sandwich. Yesterday, Senator Murkowski asked McDonald’s to ignore environmental groups who are calling for important and long-overdue
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