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Chinese fishermen fight to stop South Korean Coast Guard agents from boarding during a crackdown on alleged illegal fishing in the Yellow Sea.
Photo: Dong-a Ilbo, Getty Images

Why We Need to End Illegal Fishing and What We Are Doing About It

Last week, we testified at the final public meeting for the Presidential Taskforce on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud.  The issue in question – “pirate fishing” – has been highlighted recently in international news, understandable given that it accounts for $10-$23 billion dollars in traded seafood each year.  In the
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Yellowfin Tuna

Ask President Obama to Create the Largest Marine Protected Network on Earth

Sign Here Today to do Your part

Sign here today to do your part in creating the largest marine protected network on earth.  Deadline is this Friday, August 15. As Epeli Hau‘ofa, the famous Pacific Island anthropologist, once wrote: The sea: “…shapes the character of this planet,… it is a major source of our sustenance, … the sea is our pathway to
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Photo by Laura M. Beauregard/USFWS.

Treasure Trove of Pacific Wildlife Need Your Support for Expanded Marine National Monument

This post first appeared on the National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Promise Blog

It isn’t often that you get to mention four previous Presidents—Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—in the same breath as our current President, Barack Obama.  But each one—three Republicans and two Democrats—has recognized that one or more of the Pacific Remote islands (see map) and their waters were important enough to
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What Really Happened at Capitol Hill Oceans Week?

Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2014, hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, once again brought together marine professionals, government officials and ocean advocates to discuss the most current and pressing marine issues. Affectionately called CHOW, this conference provides an opportunity to network with other conservationists and share ideas of how to support and advance ocean
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Marine Conservation Institute Helps Persuade NOAA to Restore Hawaiian Monk Seal Funding to $4 Million

In 2006 Marine Conservation Institute was instrumental in advocating for President Bush’s designation of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands).  As the iconic marine mammal of Papahānaumokuākea, the plight of the Hawaiian monk seal attracted our attention.  The species was then, and continues to be, critically endangered, numbering only about 900
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Marine Conservation Institute Works to Improve Habitat Protection in Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act Reauthorization

As Director of Policy and Legislation at Marine Conservation Institute, I recently (1/30/2014) delivered testimony on reforming the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to members of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans & Fisheries. It is considered an honor for an organization and its representative to be invited to testify as a witness
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GLORES Team Evaluates Drone Sailboats to Help Patrol and Enforce Rules in Remote Marine Protected Areas

Marine Conservation Institute is currently researching various surveillance technologies that can be used for enforcement purposes to limit illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing within remote marine protected areas and US marine monuments in the Pacific. Monitoring and enforcement of rules in marine protected areas can be expensive, especially in remote places, with current technologies
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