What do you get when you have a group of passionate leaders in one room with an epic view of the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline? A renewed and inspired focus towards urgently needed conservation efforts to recover our oceans. Last weekend Marine Conservation Institute’s Board of Directors met at the Bullitt … Continue reading Twelve Passionate Leaders
During the last few years there has been a remarkable increase in the number of marine protected areas (MPAs) around the globe. While this growth has brought celebrations and excitement to the marine conservation community, skepticism exists over whether the scramble to reach the Convention of Biological Diversity’s target to protect 10% of marine and … Continue reading The Conservation Effort that is Saving our Seas
Congratulations to our colleagues Jean Wiener (Haiti) and Howard Wood (United Kingdom), both of whom were recognized this week with a Goldman Environmental Prize for their work in designating marine protected areas in their respective home countries. It is rewarding and encouraging to see accolades given for the hard, often unsung, work that it takes … Continue reading Marine Advocates Win Big at Goldman Environmental Awards
Happy Earth Day from everyone at Marine Conservation Institute! We hope each of you have a chance today to spend a little time outside and appreciate the incredible planet we all share. We also wanted to share with you 3 simple things you can do today to help our oceans! Try avoiding single use plastics. … Continue reading Happy Earth Day!
As water rushed into the ship and flooded the hull, any remaining evidence of illegal fishing activity disappeared as the Thunder, a notorious pirate fishing ship slowly sank into the ocean. Judging by the cheers from the captain and crew (conveniently already in life rafts), the Thunder’s demise was intentional, bringing to an end the … Continue reading The Ones that Might Get Away
If you are a SCUBA diver, you have likely heard of the legendary dive pioneer and ocean conservationist Peter Hughes. He has been showing people the beauty and glory of the underwater world for decades. Born in Scotland, Peter learned to dive in Trinidad when he was just 10 years old. In his many years … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Diving Legend Peter Hughes
From shower gel to food packaging, plastic is globally pervasive. We are now finding our plastic waste in places we never intended, such as our oceans. A recent study published in Science estimates that, in 2010, between 10.5 and 28 billion pounds of plastic entered the oceans. That’s equivalent to five plastic grocery bags filled … Continue reading Big Blue Blog: Did I just find your toothbrush…in the ocean?!
The Titan triggerfish, a voracious predator, being cleaned by a cleaner wrasse. Credit: Enric Sala, National Geographic. This month was an exciting milestone for the marine conservation world as the UK government made a commitment to create Pitcairn Islands … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Celebrates the Creation of Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve
We are excited to report that Marine Conservation Institute president Lance Morgan was featured as a guest blogger on the Virgin Unite website today. Read about some of the complexities of protecting important ocean places in a scientific and systematic way. We are grateful for Virgin Unite’s interest and support of the Global Ocean Refuge … Continue reading See our Guest Post about the Global Ocean Refuge System on the Virgin Unite Website!
Last week I had the opportunity to address the United Nations as part of a high-level symposium organized by the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance. You can watch my comments online; scroll to about 1:50 minutes. I also encourage you to catch the comments by Drs. Callum Roberts and Ellen Pikitch prior to mine, and the other marine … Continue reading Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations