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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
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How Much Longline Fishing Is Really Happening in the Pacific Remote Islands Area?

Since President Obama announced his intent to consider expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, a great deal of conversation has focused on current fishing practices in the potentially affected areas.  In particular, there has been concern expressed that a monument expansion would severely impact the Hawai’i-based longline fleet.  However, since 1994, the fishing activity by this fleet in the waters surrounding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument has been minimal, and has generally declined over the past 5-10 years.

Of the number of fish (all species) caught and kept by the fishing fleet in 2012, only 5.18% came from the Pacific Remote Islands Area (PRIA).  The percentage of all tunas (the most highly sought after group of species) caught in the PRIA and kept by the fleet in 2012 was 6.55%.  Additional details on overall catch levels, specific tuna species, and fishing effort are shown in the figures below.

All data taken from annual summary reports of fishing effort and catch statistics for US longline vessels landing in Hawai’i as derived from the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Pacific Daily Longline Fishing Log records. All figures are based on the number of fish caught and kept by the Honolulu, Hawai’i-based longline fleet. Additional figures and raw data available upon request.

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Where do McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches Come From?

Where do McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches Come From? Reposted from Greenpeace Blogs Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is asking McDonald’s to stand down on an issue that could impact the long term availability of one of its signature products — the Filet-O-Fish sandwich. Yesterday, Senator Murkowski asked McDonald’s to ignore environmental groups who are calling for important and long-overdue
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Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates 2014; Report Card on How Well Individual U.S. States Protect Their Coastal Waters

Report Useful for Policy-Makers and Summer Beach-Goers Alike; California Remains the Frontrunner, But Strongly Protecting Only 5% is Not Enough

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today released a report that will be of interest to U.S. policy-makers and beach-goers this summer.  Called SeaStates 2014: How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters?, this second annual report reveals that most states and territories are failing to safeguard our nation’s marine life, seafood
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MPA Campaign Tracker Reveals the Behind-the-Scenes Work Towards Saving Our Oceans

Officially proclaimed World Oceans Month, this past June brought a series of impressive announcements about new initiatives to protect our oceans.  From President Obama’s proposal to create the world’s largest marine monument around the US Pacific Remote Islands to New Zealand formally declaring the Akaroa Marine Reserve, June 2014 will be remembered by ocean advocates
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Global Ocean Commission Calls for Regeneration Zones to Recover Ocean Health

Protected Areas a Key Proposal for High Seas Recovery

All of us at the Marine Conservation Institute are excited to see the far-reaching reforms being called for to protect the High Seas. During the last year and a half, the Global Ocean Commission has been delving into what has been causing the declining health of our world’s oceans. Today they released an integrated rescue package that
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What Really Happened at Capitol Hill Oceans Week?

Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2014, hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, once again brought together marine professionals, government officials and ocean advocates to discuss the most current and pressing marine issues. Affectionately called CHOW, this conference provides an opportunity to network with other conservationists and share ideas of how to support and advance ocean
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Obama Steps Up for Oceans

I am very excited that President Barack Obama is rewriting ocean history today by designating the world’s largest strongly protected area in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Using his authority as President under the Antiquities Act he is proposing to dramatically expand Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 87,000 square miles to 782,000 square miles.
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President Obama Announces Plan to Create the Largest Marine Protected Area in the World with Help from Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute and Others Provide Scientific Basis for Expanding the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to Double Area of Global Ocean that is Fully Protected

At the State Department’s Our Oceans Conference today, President Obama announced his intention to double the area of global oceans that are fully protected from fishing and other extractive activities. The intent is to conserve a large area of the central Pacific Ocean surrounding U.S. islands, atolls and reefs. The proposal, which the President can
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