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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 … Continue reading Thank You Holland America Line for Your Support!

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 … Continue reading Delegation of Chinese Scientists Visit Marine Conservation Institute in DC

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

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

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. … Continue reading Marine Experts Meet to Define Criteria for the Global Ocean Refuge System

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 … Continue reading Why We Need to End Illegal Fishing and What We Are Doing About It

Hope and GLORES at the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress

This is a sort of love letter, not to any one person, but to a new generation of marine conservation biologists. I’ve just returned from Glasgow, Scotland, where Marine Conservation Institute’s president Lance Morgan and I vetted the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), first in a small workshop we held to discuss criteria with a … Continue reading Hope and GLORES at the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress

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 … Continue reading Ask President Obama to Create the Largest Marine Protected Network on Earth

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 … Continue reading Treasure Trove of Pacific Wildlife Need Your Support for Expanded Marine National Monument

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 … Continue reading Are Shark Sanctuaries Really Safe Havens for Sharks?