What do you get when you put 500 ocean leaders, conservationists and stakeholders from over 56 countries in a room together? Progress. Eighty new initiatives on marine conservation and protection- valued at over US$2.1 billion- were announced during the second Our Ocean Conference, held in Valparaiso, Chile earlier this week. Marine Conservation Institute’s MPAtlas.org team … Continue reading Celebrating Our Ocean 2015 Meeting
Across the United States, over 10% of our land has been set aside to protect landscapes and conserve biodiversity. From national parks and monuments, to refuges and wilderness areas, we’ve created an intricate system that provides recreational opportunities, safeguards watersheds, builds climate resiliency and protects critical habitat for endangered and vulnerable species like the desert … Continue reading A Decade of Creating Large Marine Protected Areas
The ocean is a great wilderness that is largely unexplored. Home to some of the largest, most beautiful and eccentric animals, the lack of protection offered to ocean animals is shocking. As we remove animals from the ocean at an increasing rate, pollute the waters and change the chemistry of the ocean, it appears we … Continue reading Four ocean animals you probably didn’t know needed protection:
Marine biologists Mark Costello and Bill Ballantine from Leigh Marine Laboratory in New Zealand recently published a new study stressing the critical importance of no-take marine reserves for marine biodiversity conservation. While a growing body of scientific literature has documented the undeniable value of no-take reserves for protecting marine biodiversity, most marine protected area (MPA) research now … Continue reading Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?
Just eighty miles off the coast of Maine lies the last, best example of what the New England ocean ecosystem used to look like and how it once functioned prior to heavy industrialized fishing in the 20th century. Called Cashes Ledge, this underwater mountain range and surrounding area abounds with colorful sponges, sea fans and sea … Continue reading Will President Obama establish the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean? We are working on it.
“To deny any person their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of hunger and deprivation is to dehumanize them.” – Nelson Mandela According to the World Food and Agriculture Organization, about 85% of fish populations around the world are fully exploited or overfished and need … Continue reading Sold at Sea
The June proposal by the New England Fisheries Management Council (NEFMC) to re-open areas to destructive fishing practices represents a serious blow to conservation efforts on the US Atlantic coast. However, hope is not lost for Atlantic deep-sea marine life, as the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) has proposed to protect a large area of … Continue reading Hope Remains for Deep-Sea Ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast Despite Declining Protections
Nestled in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a nearly 140,000 square mile marine protected area. Within Papahānaumokuākea marine life flourishes and new species are frequently found. An abundance of information can be learned by studying the environment of this remote, protected site, which is an outstanding example of a marine protected … Continue reading The Power of Papahānaumokuākea
Last week, I presented the results of our 2015 SeaStates US report, at the 2015 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California. Marine Conservation Institute and Esri are partners on a wide range of projects and we are grateful that they have supported our conservation work for over a decade. Mapping conservation priorities and assessing … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute at the 2015 Esri User Conference
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is currently reviewing its priorities for reducing bycatch, the unwanted ocean wildlife (e.g., fish, turtles, coral, seabirds, etc.) unintentionally caught by commercial fishermen when targeting a different species. NMFS is in the early stages of developing a new National Bycatch Strategy and is asking the public for comments and … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Comments on the US National Bycatch Strategy