All posts by Mike Gravitz

Helping to Save the Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the three most endangered seals on earth and is the only marine mammal found entirely within US waters. With a declining population of only 900 to 1,100 individuals, robust and well-funded recovery efforts are vital to the seals’ continued existence. Marine Conservation Institute started our work to protect … Continue reading Helping to Save the Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (S. 1334) in Senate Commerce Committee

And Asks Both Houses of Congress to Quickly Pass This Bipartisan Legislation

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Senator Lisa Murkowski and a group of cosponsors for marking up S. 1334, a bill to strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and implement several fishery treaties. With four diverse cosponsors, this bill has proved that important ocean problems like pirate … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (S. 1334) in Senate Commerce Committee

Marine Conservation Institute Praises IUU Task Force Action Plan and Challenges Congress to Respond with Bipartisan Legislation

After Nine Months of Study, Presidential Commission Makes Detailed Recommendations and Calls for Congressional Action on Enforcement and Treaty

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, praises the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of State and the twelve other federal agencies that form the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud for releasing their final Action Plan for reducing the imports of … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Praises IUU Task Force Action Plan and Challenges Congress to Respond with Bipartisan Legislation

Marine Conservation Institute Commends Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud

Task Force Addresses Illegal Fishing by Foreign Boats Which Hurts US Fishermen, Communities and the Marine Environment

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, commended the White House on the recommendations released today from its Task Force on Combatting IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud. The Task Force, which was composed of 14 agencies and worked for 6 months, recommended a comprehensive program to: combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Commends Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud

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

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

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

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 … Continue reading What Really Happened at Capitol Hill Oceans Week?

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 … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Helps Persuade NOAA to Restore Hawaiian Monk Seal Funding to $4 Million

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 … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Works to Improve Habitat Protection in Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act Reauthorization