On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Hope Remains for Deep-Sea Ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast Despite Declining Protections

The June proposal by the New England Fisheries Management Council (NEFMC) to re-open areas to destructive fishing practices represents a serious blow to conservation efforts on the US Atlantic coast. However, hope is not lost for Atlantic deep-sea marine life, as the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) has proposed to protect a large area of … Continue reading Hope Remains for Deep-Sea Ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast Despite Declining Protections

New Habitat Protections Will Help Hawaiian Monk Seals Avoid Extinction

HONOLULU— The National Marine Fisheries Service today issued a final rule protecting almost 7,000 square miles of critical habitat for Hawaiian monk seals, among the world’s most endangered marine mammals. The ruling requires greater scrutiny of federally funded or permitted projects along coastal areas on the main Hawaiian Islands to protect this native monk seal, … Continue reading New Habitat Protections Will Help Hawaiian Monk Seals Avoid Extinction

The Power of Papahānaumokuākea

A Marine National Monument that Protects the Known...and Unknown

Nestled in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a nearly 140,000 square mile marine protected area. Within Papahānaumokuākea marine life flourishes and new species are frequently found. An abundance of information can be learned by studying the environment of this remote, protected site, which is an outstanding example of a marine protected … Continue reading The Power of Papahānaumokuākea

Marine Conservation Institute at the 2015 Esri User Conference

Our Staff Scientist's Experience at the "Disneyland for Mapping Geeks"

Last week, I presented the results of our 2015 SeaStates US report, at the 2015 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California.  Marine Conservation Institute and Esri are partners on a wide range of projects and we are grateful that they have supported our conservation work for over a decade.  Mapping conservation priorities and assessing … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute at the 2015 Esri User Conference

California, Oregon and Florida Lead in Strongly Protecting Marine Ecosystems; Remaining US States Lag in Conservation Efforts

Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates 2015—An Annual Report Card on How Well States Are Protecting Their Coastal Waters

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the world’s oceans, released its annual SeaStates 2015 report today at the 2015 Esri User Conference. This year’s report on no-take marine reserves in the waters of US coastal states and territories uncovers an unfortunate truth: in the last year, there was no increase in … Continue reading California, Oregon and Florida Lead in Strongly Protecting Marine Ecosystems; Remaining US States Lag in Conservation Efforts

Marine Conservation Institute Comments on the US National Bycatch Strategy

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is currently reviewing its priorities for reducing bycatch, the unwanted ocean wildlife (e.g., fish, turtles, coral, seabirds, etc.) unintentionally caught by commercial fishermen when targeting a different species. NMFS is in the early stages of developing a new National Bycatch Strategy and is asking the public for comments and … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Comments on the US National Bycatch Strategy

When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area?

  Marine Protected Areas. Marine Reserves. Marine National Monuments. Marine Sanctuaries. Locally Managed Marine Areas. These terms are often thrown around in policy briefings, official documents and by the media. But what really constitutes a protected area in our oceans? How should we classify and define these vague terms? As countries strive to protect 10% … Continue reading When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area?

Dive Right In: A Summer Reading List from Marine Conservation Institute

Summer is here and at the start of each new day, the sun shines brilliantly upon vibrant mountainsides and sparkling shores. With such warm and welcoming weather, many of us hope to spend a lot of time outside. Whether you plan to head toward the coast or embark on a hike to high elevations, having … Continue reading Dive Right In: A Summer Reading List from Marine Conservation Institute

Update on the Antiquities Act

Will future presidents be able to designate marine monuments?

  We want to thank the Marine Conservation Institute supporters who signed our petition opposing the effort to limit the president’s authority to designate future national and marine monuments under the Antiquities Act.  On Wednesday, July 8 the House voted on a more narrowly focused, destructive amendment— that passed by a vote of 222 to … Continue reading Update on the Antiquities Act

Thanking Our Corporate Donors and Partners

At Marine Conservation Institute we understand the importance and need for major corporations to support our oceans. Our oceans are deteriorating rapidly due to overfishing, pollution, global warming and many other human-induced problems. Yet we desperately need the oceans for our survival — for food, for oxygen, for new medicines, to absorb carbon dioxide, and much … Continue reading Thanking Our Corporate Donors and Partners