On the Tide

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NOAA Must Redouble Effort to Save the Declining Hawaiian Monk Seal, Says Marine Conservation Institute

Report Lists Changes Required to Rejuvenate the Monk Seal Recovery Program

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, released a comprehensive report today calling on  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to redouble its efforts to conserve the little-known Hawaiian monk seal, the last surviving member of its biological genus. With an estimated population of 900 to 1,100 animals, the Hawaiian monk seal … Continue reading NOAA Must Redouble Effort to Save the Declining Hawaiian Monk Seal, Says Marine Conservation Institute

Peering into the Depths of the Bering Sea Canyons, it’s Clear that Protection is Needed

This Op-Ed, partially written by Marine Conservation Institute President Lance Morgan, first appeared in The Seattle Times on January 31, 2015.

Our oceans are in crisis even as we soak up their splendor on vacation, recreate in their waters and eat their fish. We must change course; we must act now, write guest columnists By Sylvia Earle, Lance Morgan and Annie Leonard OUR oceans are vital to our very existence. By producing oxygen, feeding millions and … Continue reading Peering into the Depths of the Bering Sea Canyons, it’s Clear that Protection is Needed

High Seas Finally Getting Some Protection

UN Takes First Steps Towards Open Ocean Conservation

For most of us who live in heavily settled urban areas where laws govern many of our activities, it might be surprising to learn that nearly half of our planet remains unclaimed and ungoverned by any nations. Where is this half of the planet that is essentially free from any real rules or protections? It … Continue reading High Seas Finally Getting Some Protection

Dr. Elliott Norse Gives Passionate Presentation to University Students

On January 22, Marine Conservation Institute Chief Scientist Dr. Elliott Norse was a guest speaker in the University of Washington’s Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, a symposium featuring internationally recognized experts.  Elliott talked about his long career in ocean conservation and then discussed the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), an initiative by Marine Conservation Institute … Continue reading Dr. Elliott Norse Gives Passionate Presentation to University Students

Ocean Advocates Call upon Supermarkets to Help Restore Balance to Alaska’s Bering Sea

Groups say Costco, Target, Albertsons could lead in global effort to preserve 20 percent of the ocean

Today, Greenpeace, Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue (Sylvia Earle Alliance) launched an ad campaign in Seattle targeting the seafood industry and urging protection of Alaska’s Bering Sea canyons. The campaign, which includes billboards and posters throughout the city, as well as online ads, calls upon Costco, Target and Albertsons – a group representing major … Continue reading Ocean Advocates Call upon Supermarkets to Help Restore Balance to Alaska’s Bering Sea

The Big Blue Blog: The Plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal

The warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands are home to one of the planet’s most spectacular displays of marine life. From spinner dolphins to manta rays, humpback whales to green sea turtles, the islands are important habitat for rare and threatened species that have called this part of the world “home” for millions of years. … Continue reading The Big Blue Blog: The Plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Brian Skerry, Photographer

Momentum for the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) has been building steadily, with new partners joining every week. This is the first in a series of blogs highlighting the esteemed partners who are helping to make GLORES a reality. Today we are featuring renowned photographer and photojournalist Brian Skerry, whose gorgeous work is adding beauty … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Brian Skerry, Photographer

See Our Conservation Priorities for 2015!

Wonder what Marine Conservation Institute is focusing on this year?  We just posted our Conservation Priorities for 2015 to the home page of our main website.  Please take a look and learn more about the focus areas listed below. • Global Ocean Refuge System • Science-Based Criteria for Global Ocean Refuges • Partner Support for … Continue reading See Our Conservation Priorities for 2015!

Marine Conservation Institute’s Top Ten Most-Read Blogs of 2014

Marine Conservation Institute’s blog On the Tide was a happening place in 2014! We thank you for your support and look forward to keeping you informed and entertained in 2015! Below are the posts that were most read in 2014: A Blog to Save the Earth; Why We Think the Global Ocean Refuge System Will … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute’s Top Ten Most-Read Blogs of 2014

Home for the Holidays

As you or your loved ones prepare to head home for the holidays, the team at Marine Conservation Institute wants to tell you about 5 amazing marine animals that are also traveling this holiday season: Pacific leatherback sea turtles, Atlantic bluefin tuna, southern right whales, wandering albatrosses and whale sharks. In fact, these long-distance voyagers … Continue reading Home for the Holidays