Marine biologists Mark Costello and Bill Ballantine from Leigh Marine Laboratory in New Zealand recently published a new study stressing the critical importance of no-take marine reserves for marine biodiversity conservation. While a growing body of scientific literature has documented the undeniable value of no-take reserves for protecting marine biodiversity, most marine protected area (MPA) research now … Continue reading Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?
New research dramatically underscores the need to accelerate establishment of marine reserves to help safeguard marine life from global climate change. Our staff biogeographer, Dr. John Guinotte, co-authored an important paper published in this month’s issue of Nature Climate Change titled “Options for Managing Impacts of Climate Change on a Deep-Sea Community.” The paper presents … Continue reading The Global Ocean Refuge System; a strategic way to protect vulnerable corals from climate change
I am excited to announce the release of Marine Conservation Institute’s 2014 Annual Report! From playing a key role in convincing President Barack Obama to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, to driving strong forward momentum with our Global Ocean Refuge System initiative to a multitude of other conservation successes, 2014 will be a … Continue reading 2014 Annual Report Released
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
Our oceans are in crisis even as we soak up their splendor on vacation, recreate in their waters and eat their fish. We must change course; we must act now, write guest columnists By Sylvia Earle, Lance Morgan and Annie Leonard OUR oceans are vital to our very existence. By producing oxygen, feeding millions and … Continue reading Peering into the Depths of the Bering Sea Canyons, it’s Clear that Protection is Needed
I recently participated in the IUCN’s World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. The meeting was attended by park rangers, managers, government officials, conservationists and others from around the world that work to make sure protected areas – on the land and in the sea – are effectively addressing conservation. It was a vibrant and dynamic … Continue reading Message from World Parks Congress: “Act Now to Strongly Protect Our Oceans”
I will be traveling down under to the World Parks Congress this November 12-19, in Sydney, Australia along with Marine Conservation Institute staff scientist Russell Moffitt who manages our MPAtlas project. The meeting is organized by the IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and highlights the important role of protected areas in … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Down Under
Extending to the horizon, the sea appears limitless, and throughout human history, we have often acted as if it is – catching fish in increasingly vast numbers and pouring in pollution that seems to disappear. No wonder ocean conservation efforts have lagged behind those of land efforts. Tragically, the ocean is now in distress from … Continue reading We Thank You, Mr. President. And So Does the Ocean.
On August 13th Elliott Norse and I hosted the first Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) workshop at the University of Glasgow the day before the official start of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3). Establishing rigorous and transparent scientific criteria for ensuring the effectiveness of marine protected areas is a complex and academically challenging endeavor. … Continue reading Marine Experts Meet to Define Criteria for the Global Ocean Refuge System
Since President Obama announced his intent to consider expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, a great deal of conversation has focused on current fishing practices in the potentially affected areas. In particular, there has been concern expressed that a monument expansion would severely impact the Hawai’i-based longline fleet. However, since 1994, the fishing activity by this fleet in the waters surrounding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument has been minimal, and has generally declined over the past 5-10 years.
Of the number of fish (all species) caught and kept by the fishing fleet in 2012, only 5.18% came from the Pacific Remote Islands Area (PRIA). The percentage of all tunas (the most highly sought after group of species) caught in the PRIA and kept by the fleet in 2012 was 6.55%. Additional details on overall catch levels, specific tuna species, and fishing effort are shown in the figures below.
All data taken from annual summary reports of fishing effort and catch statistics for US longline vessels landing in Hawai’i as derived from the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Pacific Daily Longline Fishing Log records. All figures are based on the number of fish caught and kept by the Honolulu, Hawai’i-based longline fleet. Additional figures and raw data available upon request.
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