On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Healthy Oceans: Capitol Hill Day

150 Ocean Advocates from Blue Vision Summit Meet with 163 House and Senate Offices and Members to Talk About Vital Ocean Issues

The fifth Blue Vision Summit took place this week in Washington, DC, bringing in hundreds of grassroots ocean activists from all across the United States. The Summit began on Monday night with a panel that featured Ralph Nader and Congressman Sam Farr, followed by explorers Fabien Cousteau and Paul Rose, all of whom spoke of the importance of our oceans, … Continue reading Healthy Oceans: Capitol Hill Day

Global Ocean Refuge System Experiences Strong Momentum and Continues to Seek Additional Support

The Initiative, Led by Marine Conservation Institute, is a Scientific and Systematic Way to Save Marine Life from Extinction

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today announced significant progress on its priority initiative, the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”). GLORES will catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030, enough to avert mass extinction of marine … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge System Experiences Strong Momentum and Continues to Seek Additional Support

Twelve Passionate Leaders

Update on the Spring 2015 Board of Directors Meeting

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

The Conservation Effort that is Saving our Seas

Recent Developments in Marine Protected Areas

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

Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (H.R. 774) in House Natural Resources Committee

And Asks Both Houses of Congress to Quickly Pass This Bipartisan Legislation

Washington, DC—April 30, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Delegate Madeline Bordallo, R (Guam), Representative Don Young, R (AK), Chairman Rob Bishop, R (UT), and a group of bipartisan cosponsors for making this a bipartisan priority and marking up H.R. 774, the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (H.R. 774) in House Natural Resources Committee

Marine Advocates Win Big at Goldman Environmental Awards

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

The Ones that Might Get Away

Pirate Fisherman Chased Across Southern Ocean

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

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Diving Legend Peter Hughes

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

Big Blue Blog: Did I just find your toothbrush…in the ocean?!

A Sea of Marine Debris

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?!