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Thanking Our Corporate Donors and Partners

At Marine Conservation Institute we understand the importance and need for major corporations to support our oceans. Our oceans are deteriorating rapidly due to overfishing, pollution, global warming and many other human-induced problems. Yet we desperately need the oceans for our survival — for food, for oxygen, for new medicines, to absorb carbon dioxide, and much … Continue reading Thanking Our Corporate Donors and Partners

The Global Ocean Refuge System; a strategic way to protect vulnerable corals from climate change

New research dramatically underscores the need to accelerate establishment of marine reserves to help safeguard marine life from global climate change.  Our staff biogeographer, Dr. John Guinotte, co-authored an important paper published in this month’s issue of Nature Climate Change titled “Options for Managing Impacts of Climate Change on a Deep-Sea Community.” The paper presents … Continue reading The Global Ocean Refuge System; a strategic way to protect vulnerable corals from climate change

Jaws: 40 Years Later is it Safe to Return to the Water?

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Chief Brody Arguably the most notable line from one of the most iconic movies in cinema history.  This year, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, based on the book by Peter Benchley, celebrates its 40th anniversary and theatres all across the nation are bringing the classic film back to the big screen.  Jaws … Continue reading Jaws: 40 Years Later is it Safe to Return to the Water?

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Un-Cruise Adventures

Today we are shining the spotlight on a fun Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) partner, Un-Cruise Adventures. The company offers small-ship adventure cruises to Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Hawaii, Central America, the Galapagos and more. If you want to experience nature up-close, these exciting Un-Cruise voyages are the way to go! Captain Dan Blanchard, … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Un-Cruise Adventures

10 Reasons We Urgently Need the Global Ocean Refuge System

For almost two years, Marine Conservation Institute has spoken and written extensively about the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”). During this time, however, we have not been explicit enough about why it is so urgent. GLORES will catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the … Continue reading 10 Reasons We Urgently Need the Global Ocean Refuge System

World Oceans Day 2015: On a Path to Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet

Happy World Oceans Day from Marine Conservation Institute! World Oceans Day, held every June 8th and recognized by the United Nations, is a day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize to support efforts to safeguard our oceans. This year the theme is healthy oceans, healthy planet – appropriate for … Continue reading World Oceans Day 2015: On a Path to Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet

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

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Gill, Ultra-Technical Marine Clothing

If you know anything about hard-core sailboat racing, you know about Gill. They have ultra- technical marine clothing and “foulies” (foul weather gear) that are known to keep you warm and dry even in the coldest and wettest conditions. They also offer clothing for more tame sailing and boating endeavors. Gill was one of the … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Gill, Ultra-Technical Marine Clothing

National Oceans Month, June 2015!

President Barack Obama has proclaimed June 2015 as National Oceans Month! In his statement the President calls upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve and restore our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.  As an organization dedicated to securing strong, permanent protection for our oceans’ most important places, Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled with the … Continue reading National Oceans Month, June 2015!

Visualizing Marine Protected Areas

MPAtlas brings global protection to your fingertips

Recent updates to MPAtlas make finding the status of your favorite marine protected areas easy. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are simple yet highly effective marine management tools that offer some of the highest marine conservation gains.  MPAtlas, the world’s most comprehensive online marine protected area database, is dedicated to providing a user friendly and informative … Continue reading Visualizing Marine Protected Areas