Marine Conservation Institute’s Accomplishments in 2012

Source: Maragos, FWS Marine Conservation Institute’s President, Lance Morgan, has posted the 2012 President’s Report summarizing some of the important work and major accomplishments of this year.The mission of Marine Conservation Institute is to use the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world, and then advocate for their protection, for us and … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute’s Accomplishments in 2012

‘Honey Girl’ the Hawaiian Monk Seal: the Protection of an Endangered Species

Honey Girl is a popular 15-year-old Hawaiian monk seal who frequents the North Shore of Oahu. She has been a good mother to at least seven pups and has raised three pups consecutively in the last three years. See footage of Honey Girl with her most recent pup here. Honey Girl in the News Honey … Continue reading ‘Honey Girl’ the Hawaiian Monk Seal: the Protection of an Endangered Species

America’s Wildlife Refuges on the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

Hanging over the celebrations of Thanksgiving this year is the threat of severe funding cuts from the fast approaching Fiscal Cliff. The National Wildlife Refuge System – the largest system of lands and waters protected for wildlife – faces a 10-20% cut to current funding, totaling approximately $50 – $100 million – but the overall … Continue reading America’s Wildlife Refuges on the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

Saving Our Oceans – One Protected Area at a Time

The ocean covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface; yet scarcely 1% of that area is  fully protected from harmful human activities such as oil drilling or fishing. Governments, as well as many marine conservation organizations throughout the world, including Marine Conservation Institute, are working to increase that percentage in the coming years through the … Continue reading Saving Our Oceans – One Protected Area at a Time

Finding and Protecting Deep Sea Corals

Covering 70% of the earth’s surface, the oceans regulate temperature, drive climate, and provide food. Yet,  95% of our ocean is still to be explored!   This last Tuesday, Marine Conservation Institute invited National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program to educate other organizations and academic institutions about their efforts to … Continue reading Finding and Protecting Deep Sea Corals

What is the Big Deal About Ocean Acidification?

If you have been paying attention to environmental news lately you may have read or heard a little bit about this thing called ocean acidification. But what is ocean acidification and why is it such a big deal? What is ocean acidification?   A little bit of science on ocean accidification Ocean acidification, as the … Continue reading What is the Big Deal About Ocean Acidification?

The Creation of a National Monument: San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands (Credit NOAA) Recently there has been an explosion of new marine protected areas (MPAs) being proposed or created around the world. In the last month at least six countries have strengthened regulations on existing MPAs, expanded Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), designated new MPAs or have made proposals for new MPAs! And these … Continue reading The Creation of a National Monument: San Juan Islands

News of Discoveries from the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

Researchers aboard the NOAA research vessel Nancy Foster, under the direction of Dr. Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation Institute’s Director of Coral Conservation and Dr. Steve Ross (UNCW), reported today that they have rediscovered a methane seep off America’s East Coast that has not been seen for the last 30 years!  Mussels at a methane seep … Continue reading News of Discoveries from the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

Robotics Inspire the Next Generation of Ocean Explorers

“The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel.”        -Claude Bernard (1813-78) French physiologist A couple of weeks ago Dr. Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation Institute’s Director of Coral Conservation, and a team of researchers set out on an expedition tasked with exploring deep canyon ecosystems off the US … Continue reading Robotics Inspire the Next Generation of Ocean Explorers