Marine Conservation Institute today announced the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), a comprehensive science-based strategy for advancing marine protected areas worldwide. Oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity and yet human activities are pushing many critical marine species toward extinction. Marine protected areas are generally recognized as the best way to protect the diversity and abundance of the oceans’ ecosystems, yet less than 2% of the oceans’ area is now protected. Progress in establishing effective marine protected areas has been hampered by lack of agreement on protection levels needed to meet conservation goals and lack of clarity on how well existing sites are protected. GLORES (pronounced glôr-ees) will develop and manage objective criteria that incentivize and accelerate the creation of strongly protected marine areas.
Today, after a four-year process, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published final fishing regulations for the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments, which were established by President George W. Bush just before he left office in January 2009. Consistent with President Bush’s proclamations, the regulations prohibit commercial fishing within the monuments, but allow recreational and non-commercial fishing under certain guidelines. The rule takes effect on July 3, 2013.
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 and coasts.
Marine scientists from Australia and the US today called for global efforts to protect deeper coral reefs as insurance against the widespread destruction of shallow reefs and their fish populations now taking place around the world. In the well-respected climate journal, Nature Climate Change, lead author Dr. Tom Bridge from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Dr. John Guinotte, and colleagues point out that global conservation policies have so far failed to prevent the widespread destruction of shallow coral reefs and their fish life, which now threatens the food security of millions of people. They propose that deeper coral reefs may be able to function as refuges for some coral and fish species that are threatened at shallower depths.
Eric Schwaab of NOAA Fisheries giving a presentation Marine Conservation Institute’s Mike Gravitz, Rachel Keylon, and Kate Yentes spent much of this week participating in the Blue Vision Summit 4 put on by the Blue Frontier Campaign. The purpose of this summit is to bring together diverse groups and individuals from the marine conservation community
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A New York Times Magazine article investigating the monk seal killings on Kaua‘i and Moloka‘i in 2011 and 2012 has revived attention to the conflict over the protection of this highly endangered marine mammal. In “Who Would Kill a Monk Seal?” writer Jon Mooallem, describes the complex conservation issues that plague the island of Kaua‘i, including conflict over the protection of shearwater birds and nene goose.
Source: NOAA The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently completed a study on fish stocks off of the coast of California. NOAA found that not only was there an increase in hauls, but an increase in monetary value to the fishermen. Why the increase? NOAA hypothesizes it was because of the catch
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Last week I had the privilege of testifying before members of the US House of Representatives subcommittee that directs funds to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). What an honor and a challenge. The NOAA ocean conservation programs that we care about are suffering. As the federal budget continues to get squeezed, it is
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Dr. Norse (left) and Jeff Renner (right) Today marks the end of my first week as executive assistant in the Seattle office of the Marine Conservation Institute. I have really been enjoying my first few days in Seattle. I have begun exploring different neighborhoods and seeing beautiful landscape—including several mountains, which was a treat for
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You spoke and we listened! A recent survey of our readers indicated that you believe one of the most important things Marine Conservation Institute does is advocate for the protection of ocean places. We recognize that the oceans are important places to protect marine life and we are dedicated to the protection of these special areas.The
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