All posts by Elliott Norse

Hope and GLORES at the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress

This is a sort of love letter, not to any one person, but to a new generation of marine conservation biologists. I’ve just returned from Glasgow, Scotland, where Marine Conservation Institute’s president Lance Morgan and I vetted the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), first in a small workshop we held to discuss criteria with a … Continue reading Hope and GLORES at the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress

Why We Think the Global Ocean Refuge System Will Save the World’s Marine Life

Today I’m filled with real hope.  It feels so good when I can share what expert scientists tell us about the sea and what it takes to conserve them.  Today—ironically—2 new scientific papers about extinction give me hope that there really is an effective way to save the world’s marine life: the Global Ocean Refuge … Continue reading Why We Think the Global Ocean Refuge System Will Save the World’s Marine Life

How the Sochi Olympics Helps Countries Win GLORES

As I write, the media are directing the world’s eyes to Sochi, Russia, using winter sports to sell nations’ prestige, individuals’ stories and what ABC’s Wide World of Sports! called “the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat…”  Great numbers of people are engaged, then captivated, then elated or crushed, depending on whether our … Continue reading How the Sochi Olympics Helps Countries Win GLORES

Excellent news! European Union Parliament majority supports ending deep-sea bottom trawling

On December 10, it appeared that valiant efforts by ocean conservation groups came close to, but had fallen short of ending the environmentally destructive practice of bottom trawling in the deep-sea waters surrounding Europe. But, in the truly strange world of European Parliament rules and procedures, a revised count of their vote shows that a … Continue reading Excellent news! European Union Parliament majority supports ending deep-sea bottom trawling

The return of an old crustacean biologist to Costa Rica

As I look out at an Anna’s hummingbird feeding on the red-flowered Phygelius (Cape fuchsia) in my garden, it is hard to really wrap my mind around the idea that I had just left Costa Rica 24 hours ago.  I had the honor of being invited to give a keynote speech to the Crustacean Society’s and … Continue reading The return of an old crustacean biologist to Costa Rica

Holding our leaders accountable for saving our oceans

In an earlier blog, I started (threatened?) to dialogue with you about the principles necessary to save the Earth.  I haven’t expanded on them because I’ve been almost totally consumed by something we and our allies at Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue released on May 29 called SeaStates 2013 (http://seastates.us/).  Happily, this blog is an opportunity for us to … Continue reading Holding our leaders accountable for saving our oceans

Happy Earth Day to you (and to Holland America Line and Seabourn)

On this day, the most important holiday of the year (Earth Day), I find myself wondering: How often do people hear about environmental organizations working with companies in ways that are really good for the Earth?  Probably not often enough. But 3 years ago, the Marine Conservation Institute learned that the leaders of Holland America … Continue reading Happy Earth Day to you (and to Holland America Line and Seabourn)