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The Ones that Might Get Away

Pirate Fisherman Chased Across Southern Ocean

As water rushed into the ship and flooded the hull, any remaining evidence of illegal fishing activity disappeared as the Thunder, a notorious pirate fishing ship slowly sank into the ocean. Judging by the cheers from the captain and crew (conveniently already in life rafts), the Thunder’s demise was intentional, bringing to an end the … Continue reading The Ones that Might Get Away

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Diving Legend Peter Hughes

If you are a SCUBA diver, you have likely heard of the legendary dive pioneer and ocean conservationist Peter Hughes. He has been showing people the beauty and glory of the underwater world for decades. Born in Scotland, Peter learned to dive in Trinidad when he was just 10 years old. In his many years … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Diving Legend Peter Hughes

Big Blue Blog: Did I just find your toothbrush…in the ocean?!

A Sea of Marine Debris

From shower gel to food packaging, plastic is globally pervasive. We are now finding our plastic waste in places we never intended, such as our oceans. A recent study published in Science estimates that, in 2010, between 10.5 and 28 billion pounds of plastic entered the oceans. That’s equivalent to five plastic grocery bags filled … Continue reading Big Blue Blog: Did I just find your toothbrush…in the ocean?!

Marine Conservation Institute Celebrates the Creation of Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve

The Titan triggerfish, a voracious predator, being cleaned by a cleaner wrasse. Credit: Enric Sala, National Geographic.                                 This month was an exciting milestone for the marine conservation world as the UK government made a commitment to create Pitcairn Islands … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Celebrates the Creation of Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve

Marine Conservation Institute Announces Nathalie Udo Has Joined Its Board of Directors

International Business Sustainability Expert Brings Strong Leadership and Organizational Skills

Marine Conservation Institute today announced that Nathalie Udo has joined its Board of Directors. Udo, founder and president of InDepth Strategies, LLC in San Francisco, has a passion for raising corporate and individual social consciousness and igniting change. She is a seasoned professional and strategic planner with a proven record of accomplishments in the business … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Announces Nathalie Udo Has Joined Its Board of Directors

See our Guest Post about the Global Ocean Refuge System on the Virgin Unite Website!

We are excited to report that Marine Conservation Institute president Lance Morgan was featured as a guest blogger on the Virgin Unite website today. Read about some of the complexities of protecting important ocean places in a scientific and systematic way. We are grateful for Virgin Unite’s interest and support of the Global Ocean Refuge … Continue reading See our Guest Post about the Global Ocean Refuge System on the Virgin Unite Website!

Marine Conservation Institute Praises IUU Task Force Action Plan and Challenges Congress to Respond with Bipartisan Legislation

After Nine Months of Study, Presidential Commission Makes Detailed Recommendations and Calls for Congressional Action on Enforcement and Treaty

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, praises the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of State and the twelve other federal agencies that form the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud for releasing their final Action Plan for reducing the imports of … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Praises IUU Task Force Action Plan and Challenges Congress to Respond with Bipartisan Legislation

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds NOAA Announcement to More Than Double the Size of the Northern California Marine Sanctuaries

After Years of Research and Public Comment Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Now Reach From Near the Mouth of San Francisco Bay to Pt. Arena

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity and important ocean places, applauds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for expanding the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.  As announced in the Federal Register today, this action will more than double the combined size of the existing sanctuaries from approximately … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds NOAA Announcement to More Than Double the Size of the Northern California Marine Sanctuaries

Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations

Last week I had the opportunity to address the United Nations as part of a high-level symposium organized by the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance. You can watch my comments online;  scroll to about 1:50 minutes. I also encourage you to catch the comments by Drs. Callum Roberts and Ellen Pikitch prior to mine, and the other marine … Continue reading Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Ryan Seelbach, Mavericks Surfer

The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) continues to attract the coolest of the cool as partners. Today we are turning the spotlight on one very exciting man, Ryan Seelbach, a well-known Mavericks surfer who rides huge waves that make most people cringe in fear. He knows a thing or two about adrenaline rushes and travels … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Ryan Seelbach, Mavericks Surfer