I am very excited that President Barack Obama is rewriting ocean history today by designating the world’s largest strongly protected area in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Using his authority as President under the Antiquities Act he is proposing to dramatically expand Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 87,000 square miles to 782,000 square miles. … Continue reading Obama Steps Up for Oceans
Secretary Kerry, in his welcoming remarks today at Our Oceans 2014, highlighted some very promising directions for the Obama administration. Among other things, he said: “Let’s develop a plan that protects more marine habitats, and we will have an announcement regarding that. I believe President Obama will make such an announcement.” “Today, less than 2 … Continue reading Kerry Highlights Some Promising Directions
Join leading marine, natural and social scientists asking President Obama to “dramatically accelerate protections for U.S. waters” in no-take marine reserves. We are seeking scientists from around the world to show their support for this. Why now? As you may be aware, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his State Department are hosting the … Continue reading Calling All Marine Scientists – Support Marine Reserves!
As some of you may know, today is the annual International Day for Biological Diversity. First proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993, the intent of the day is to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to biodiversity. Our team at Marine Conservation Institute has always fought hard to protect biodiversity in our world’s … Continue reading Saluting Ocean Biodiversity!
Today is Earth Day and we all should give thanks to be living on such a wonderful and vibrant planet. As we celebrate, I encourage you to do something to help the Earth. It may be selecting sustainable seafood, picking up trash on your local beaches, pledging to never buy water in plastic bottles again, … Continue reading Help Keep Our Earth Vibrant
The island nation of Palau located in the western Pacific Ocean recently announced that it intended to eliminate commercial fishing so that they could build a robust tourism-based economy that focused on healthy resilient ocean ecosystems. Palau will declare its entire 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to be a 100% marine sanctuary with … Continue reading Palau Gets It! Ocean Protection Expected to Pay Big Dividend
Several interesting scientific papers have recently documented the benefits of marine protected areas and the challenges associated with ensuring they do what we want them to do. Two of these reports stood out because they confirm what Marine Conservation Institute has been emphasizing for years; that “watering down” marine protected areas is ineffective for conservation. … Continue reading How to Not “Water Down” Marine Protected Areas
I have known Sylvia Earle for many years and am proud to count her as a friend and to work with her. She serves as a member of our Board of Directors at Marine Conservation Institute, and works tirelessly to save our oceans on behalf of many organizations around the world. Better than anyone else … Continue reading Mission Blue Film: Sylvia Earle and All that She Does for the Ocean
The world recently turned its attention to the tragic and senseless slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. The killings occur after the “best” individuals are taken for aquarium and swim-with-dolphin-programs around the world. Rather than release the remainder of the dolphins, they are butchered – barbarically by anyone’s standards. As if this isn’t bad enough, … Continue reading Dolphin Slaughters and Paper Parks
Marine Conservation Institute elects 3 eminent ocean conservationists as Directors Amy Mathews-Amos, Les Watling and John Davis join Board Sonoma County CA (August 17). Today, in celebration of our oceans, Marine Conservation Institute President Lance Morgan announced the election of three new Directors. They are: John B. Davis, President of Marine Affairs Research and Education … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute elects 3 eminent ocean conservationists as Directors