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Message from World Parks Congress: “Act Now to Strongly Protect Our Oceans”

I recently participated in the IUCN’s World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.  The meeting was attended by park rangers, managers, government officials, conservationists and others from around the world that work to make sure protected areas – on the land and in the sea – are effectively addressing conservation.  It was a vibrant and dynamic
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5 Marine Protected Areas Worth Celebrating

A Blog of Gratitude

This was a progressive year for ocean conservation. While we still have much work to do, the staff of Marine Conservation Institute would like to reflect on five inspiring marine protection success stories of 2014. The success stories range from strong marine protected areas that have been formally secured to those that have been announced
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Are Wealthy Countries Failing to Protect the Oceans?

How the G20 member countries stack up

In conservation, it is often said that those countries with larger financial resources should be better stewards of the environment than those whose money is spread more thinly. To investigate how well countries are protecting our oceans, we created SeaStates G20 2014. We wanted to know how the countries with the world’s twenty largest economies
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Marine Conservation Institute Down Under

Where to Find Us at World Parks Congress

I will be traveling down under to the World Parks Congress this November 12-19, in Sydney, Australia along with Marine Conservation Institute staff scientist Russell Moffitt who manages our MPAtlas project. The meeting is organized by the IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and highlights the important role of protected areas in
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Thank You Holland America Line for Your Support!

This week we salute Holland America Line for being an excellent partner of Marine Conservation Institute.  Currently in the fifth year of a six-year partnership that began in 2010, our organizations share a passion for protecting the oceans for this and future generations. We have worked with Holland America Line on a variety of programs including
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Delegation of Chinese Scientists Visit Marine Conservation Institute in DC

Recently, our policy team met with a delegation of fishery research scientists and engineers from China to discuss marine conservation at home and abroad. The delegation hailed from Hainan, a palm tree-studded island in the South China Sea, where they work at the Hainan Academy of Ocean and Fisheries Sciences. Hainan is home to over 8
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Green turtles are commonly observed at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

We Thank You, Mr. President. And So Does the Ocean.

President Obama Creates the World's Largest Protected Area

Extending to the horizon, the sea appears limitless, and throughout human history, we have often acted as if it is – catching fish in increasingly vast numbers and pouring in pollution that seems to disappear.  No wonder ocean conservation efforts have lagged behind those of land efforts. Tragically, the ocean is now in distress from
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Help GLORES

How You Can Help the Global Ocean Refuge System Become a Reality

Many people have been asking us how they can help with the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). They understand the value of GLORES and how it will help avert mass extinction in the oceans that we all need for our survival. We are encouraged and heartened by your positive responses and encourage you to get
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Marine Experts Meet to Define Criteria for the Global Ocean Refuge System

On August 13th Elliott Norse and I hosted the first Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) workshop at the University of Glasgow the day before the official start of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3). Establishing rigorous and transparent scientific criteria for ensuring the effectiveness of marine protected areas is a complex and academically challenging endeavor.
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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.
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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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