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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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Are shark sanctuaries really safe havens for sharks?

Discover where all the world’s shark sanctuaries are on MPAtlas!

Shark Week brings an unprecedented amount of attention to sharks and we are excited to help highlight the importance of protecting these animals by sharing our new “Shark Sanctuaries” layer at www.MPAtlas.org. This website maps places where shark protections have been established around the world.  We invite you to explore our newest feature and learn more
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How much longline fishing is really happening in the Pacific Remote Islands Area?

Since President Obama announced his intent to consider expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, a great deal of conversation has focused on current fishing practices in the potentially affected areas.  In particular, there has been concern expressed that a monument expansion would severely impact the Hawai’i-based longline fleet.  However, since 1994, the fishing activity by this fleet in the waters surrounding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument has been minimal, and has generally declined over the past 5-10 years.

Of the number of fish (all species) caught and kept by the fishing fleet in 2012, only 5.18% came from the Pacific Remote Islands Area (PRIA).  The percentage of all tunas (the most highly sought after group of species) caught in the PRIA and kept by the fleet in 2012 was 6.55%.  Additional details on overall catch levels, specific tuna species, and fishing effort are shown in the figures below.

All data taken from annual summary reports of fishing effort and catch statistics for US longline vessels landing in Hawai’i as derived from the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Pacific Daily Longline Fishing Log records. All figures are based on the number of fish caught and kept by the Honolulu, Hawai’i-based longline fleet. Additional figures and raw data available upon request.

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Where do McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches Come From?

Where do McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches Come From? Reposted from Greenpeace Blogs Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is asking McDonald’s to stand down on an issue that could impact the long term availability of one of its signature products — the Filet-O-Fish sandwich. Yesterday, Senator Murkowski asked McDonald’s to ignore environmental groups who are calling for important and long-overdue
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MPA Campaign Tracker reveals the behind-the-scenes work towards saving our oceans

Officially proclaimed World Oceans Month, this past June brought a series of impressive announcements about new initiatives to protect our oceans.  From President Obama’s proposal to create the world’s largest marine monument around the US Pacific Remote Islands to New Zealand formally declaring the Akaroa Marine Reserve, June 2014 will be remembered by ocean advocates
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Global Ocean Commission Calls for Regeneration Zones to Recover Ocean Health

Protected Areas a Key Proposal for High Seas Recovery

All of us at the Marine Conservation Institute are excited to see the far-reaching reforms being called for to protect the High Seas. During the last year and a half, the Global Ocean Commission has been delving into what has been causing the declining health of our world’s oceans. Today they released an integrated rescue package that
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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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Obama Steps Up for Oceans

I am very excited that President Barack Obama is rewriting ocean history today by designating the world’s largest strongly protected area in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Using his authority as President under the Antiquities Act he is proposing to dramatically expand Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 87,000 square miles to 782,000 square miles.
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