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See our Guest Post about the Global Ocean Refuge System on the Virgin Unite Website!

We are excited to report that Marine Conservation Institute president Lance Morgan was featured as a guest blogger on the Virgin Unite website today. Read about some of the complexities of protecting important ocean places in a scientific and systematic way. We are grateful for Virgin Unite’s interest and support of the Global Ocean Refuge … Continue reading See our Guest Post about the Global Ocean Refuge System on the Virgin Unite Website!

Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations

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

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Ryan Seelbach, Mavericks Surfer

The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) continues to attract the coolest of the cool as partners. Today we are turning the spotlight on one very exciting man, Ryan Seelbach, a well-known Mavericks surfer who rides huge waves that make most people cringe in fear. He knows a thing or two about adrenaline rushes and travels … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Ryan Seelbach, Mavericks Surfer

Costco is Taking Action to Redefine the Seafood Retail Industry

Thoughts on the 2020 Vision

Our oceans are in crisis. From overfishing to pollution, our actions have jeopardized the vital benefits we receive from the oceans. Scientists agree we are on a trajectory toward collapse in many of the world’s fisheries if we do not act now. How can we restore balance in the seas? Shaping up the seafood retail … Continue reading Costco is Taking Action to Redefine the Seafood Retail Industry

Celebrating Love in the Seas

Happy Valentine’s Day to our Ocean Wildlife!

Our Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) partner photographers have captured the essence of ocean love this Valentine’s day. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to partner with some of the world’s most talented and innovative nature photographers. We celebrate their fantastic work in this blog and give them thanks for inspiring viewers to connect with, … Continue reading Celebrating Love in the Seas

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Michael Sutton, Social Entrepreneur and Conservation Leader

Strong partners are absolutely critical to the success of the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). We are calling for the help of a variety of leaders including marine scientists, other conservation organizations, corporations, the travel/tourism industry and celebrities. Momentum for GLORES continues to build and you can see the complete list of partners on our … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Michael Sutton, Social Entrepreneur and Conservation Leader

Peering into the Depths of the Bering Sea Canyons, it’s Clear that Protection is Needed

This Op-Ed, partially written by Marine Conservation Institute President Lance Morgan, first appeared in The Seattle Times on January 31, 2015.

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

High Seas Finally Getting Some Protection

UN Takes First Steps Towards Open Ocean Conservation

For most of us who live in heavily settled urban areas where laws govern many of our activities, it might be surprising to learn that nearly half of our planet remains unclaimed and ungoverned by any nations. Where is this half of the planet that is essentially free from any real rules or protections? It … Continue reading High Seas Finally Getting Some Protection

Dr. Elliott Norse Gives Passionate Presentation to University Students

On January 22, Marine Conservation Institute Chief Scientist Dr. Elliott Norse was a guest speaker in the University of Washington’s Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, a symposium featuring internationally recognized experts.  Elliott talked about his long career in ocean conservation and then discussed the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), an initiative by Marine Conservation Institute … Continue reading Dr. Elliott Norse Gives Passionate Presentation to University Students

The Big Blue Blog: The Plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal

The warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands are home to one of the planet’s most spectacular displays of marine life. From spinner dolphins to manta rays, humpback whales to green sea turtles, the islands are important habitat for rare and threatened species that have called this part of the world “home” for millions of years. … Continue reading The Big Blue Blog: The Plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal