In early 2009, President Bush established three marine national monuments around a number of US territorial islands and wildlife refuges in the Central Pacific Ocean. These isolated places harbor hundreds of marine species and contain some of the most pristine coral reefs on earth. A 121-foot fishing boat sank on Palmyra Atoll in 1991, and
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CJS Appropriations Bill to the Senate floor!

As early as today, the Senate is scheduled to take up three appropriation bills in a collective package. Marine Conservation Institute is paying particular attention to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, as it allocates funds for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Tell your Senators TODAY that you support funding at enacted
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Deep-Sea Fisheries News Story Features President Elliott Norse

Marine Conservation Institute’s President Elliott Norse was lead author on a recent paper published in Marine Policy on the unsustainablity of deep-sea fishing. The results have been getting incredible press, and it continues in this excellent news story from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. This story talks about deep-sea fishing and aquaculture, and features Elliott looking
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National Ocean Policy Hearing

On July 19, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13547, “Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes,” known as the National Ocean Policy. The executive order establishes a national policy to protect, maintain and restore the ecological health of our ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, and to promote sustainable uses of these
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Decline and recovery of coral reefs linked to 700 years of human and environmental activity

Historical reconstruction reveals humans contributed to both degradation and recovery of coral reefs IMAGE: This photo demonstrates several colonies of Montipora sp coral located in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, that are being overgrown and smothered by the alien invasive algae Gorilla Ogo (Gracilaria salicornia), and… Click here for more information. STONY BROOK, NY and STANFORD, Calif.,
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