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How to not “water down” marine protected areas

Several interesting scientific papers have recently documented the benefits of marine protected areas and the challenges associated with ensuring they do what we want them to do.  Two of these reports stood out because they confirm what Marine Conservation Institute has been emphasizing for years; that “watering down” marine protected areas is ineffective for conservation. 
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Now you can get our daily catch of ocean news on Marine Conservation Today!

We recently launched Marine Conservation Today, our new online newspaper delivering the most recent, exciting and important stories happening in the marine world.  Every weekday we read through multiple credible and distinguished news sources to bring you the top stories relating to marine protected areas, coral reefs, fisheries, marine mammals and more.  Monday through Friday,
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Listen to Marine Conservation Institute president, Lance Morgan, discuss the Global Ocean Refuge System in a webinar this Thursday, March 13, 2014

The NOAA National MPA Center, OpenChannels.org, and the Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network will host a webinar on the “Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) to Protect Marine Life Worldwide” by Lance Morgan of Marine Conservation Institute. This presentation will be held on Thursday, March 13, at 1:00pm US EDT/10:00am US PDT/6:00pm GMT. A description of
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Marine Conservation Institute works to improve habitat protection in Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act reauthorization

As Director of Policy and Legislation at Marine Conservation Institute, I recently (1/30/2014) delivered testimony on reforming the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to members of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans & Fisheries. It is considered an honor for an organization and its representative to be invited to testify as a witness
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GLORES team evaluates drone sailboats to help patrol and enforce rules in remote marine protected areas

Marine Conservation Institute is currently researching various surveillance technologies that can be used for enforcement purposes to limit illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing within remote marine protected areas and US marine monuments in the Pacific. Monitoring and enforcement of rules in marine protected areas can be expensive, especially in remote places, with current technologies
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How the Sochi Olympics helps countries win GLORES

As I write, the media are directing the world’s eyes to Sochi, Russia, using winter sports to sell nations’ prestige, individuals’ stories and what ABC’s Wide World of Sports! called “the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat…”  Great numbers of people are engaged, then captivated, then elated or crushed, depending on whether our
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Dolphin Slaughters and Paper Parks

The world recently turned its attention to the tragic and senseless slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.  The killings occur after the “best” individuals are taken for aquarium and swim-with-dolphin-programs around the world. Rather than release the remainder of the dolphins, they are butchered – barbarically by anyone’s standards.  As if this isn’t bad enough,
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Interns in the City

Bess I was raised in Tupelo, MS, went to school in Lexington, VA, and spent the last summer in Ashton, ID. Sensing a pattern? I’ve never lived in a city, much less one of DC’s magnitude. Forty-five-minute commutes and public transportation are way outside of my past experiences, but I have found those elements much
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Excellent news! European Union Parliament majority supports ending deep-sea bottom trawling

On December 10, it appeared that valiant efforts by ocean conservation groups came close to, but had fallen short of ending the environmentally destructive practice of bottom trawling in the deep-sea waters surrounding Europe. But, in the truly strange world of European Parliament rules and procedures, a revised count of their vote shows that a
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