For most of us who live in heavily settled urban areas where laws govern many of our activities, it might be surprising to learn that nearly half of our planet remains unclaimed and ungoverned by any nations. Where is this half of the planet that is essentially free from any real rules or protections? It … Continue reading High Seas Finally Getting Some Protection
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 … Continue reading Are Shark Sanctuaries Really Safe Havens for Sharks?
Officially proclaimed World Oceans Month, this past June brought a series of impressive announcements about new initiatives to protect our oceans. From President Obama’s proposal to create the world’s largest marine monument around the US Pacific Remote Islands to New Zealand formally declaring the Akaroa Marine Reserve, June 2014 will be remembered by ocean advocates … Continue reading MPA Campaign Tracker Reveals the Behind-the-Scenes Work Towards Saving Our Oceans
We are excited to see an article in The Atlantic today on marine protected areas that features our MPAtlas. “A Blueprint for Protecting the World’s Oceans” by Svati Kirsten Narula provides an insightful look at how to make marine protected areas more effective for conservation. We’re pleased to see the prominence of MPAtlas, our tool … Continue reading MPAtlas Featured in The Atlantic Today!
For 20 years (since Norse 1993)1, the world has known that the living oceans essential to human survival and prosperity are in deep trouble as the growing human population demands much more while we’re dramatically reducing the oceans’ capacity to sustain us. On land, the world has taken the very wise step of securing strategically … Continue reading The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES)
The main tool for fisheries conservation in the USA is the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act originally passed in 1976 as a way to help the fishing industry. However, in the intervening years, and after continued declines in fisheries, the Magnuson-Stevens Act now requires fishery management plans to include designation of essential habitats where … Continue reading Deep-sea corals and essential fish habitat off the US West Coast
Historical baseline of Diversity and abundance of Peruvian marine mega-vertebrates to disentangle climate from fisheries effects Researcher: Shaleyla Kelez Location: Peru Update: Mia J. Tegner 2011 grant recipient Dr. Shaleyla Kelez examined historical records of marine mega-vertebrates’ abundance and populations off Peru in an effort to distinguish climate from fisheries effects. Many previous studies have noted a … Continue reading Update from one of the Marine Conservation Institute’s Mia J. Tegner 2011 award winners
Today two leading marine science and conservation organizations, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue, issued the 1st-ever quantitative, scientifically rigorous national ranking of states’ protection of their ocean waters. SeaStates: How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters? shows that most states and territories are failing to safeguard our nation’s marine life, seafood … Continue reading First-Ever National Ranking Shows Most Coastal States Failing to Protect Oceans
by Elliott Norse, Founder and Chief Scientist, June 11, 2012, Redmond WA USA I love watching what I consider to be really good movies. Indeed, in the future, on occasion, I’d love to share reflections on particular movies in this column. But at this moment I’m thinking not about a particular movie, but about the … Continue reading Hollywood lessons for marine conservation