On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Gulf Gems Still Shining – But What Does the Future Hold?

When the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred in 2010, the fragility of the Gulf of Mexico was thrust into the limelight. Instead of the usual happy images of families on vacation, fishermen on the water, and glowing sunsets, the public experienced a five-month-long flood of oiled beaches, dead and dying animals, and small towns in economic
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Marine Conservation Institute Releases Gulf Gems Report Highlighting Critical Areas to Protect in the Gulf of Mexico

Protecting Key Ecosystems is Essential to Ensure Future Vitality of the Gulf

Marine Conservation Institute today announced it has released a new report, Gulf Gems: Treasured Places in Troubled Waters, highlighting critical areas in the Gulf of Mexico. The document aims to bring awareness to important places in the Gulf that are currently unprotected or under-protected from extractive and potentially damaging human activities. When the Deepwater Horizon
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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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New Research Highlights the Need for Better and More Rigorous Scientific Criteria for Marine Protected Areas

Comprehensive Scientific Criteria Are a Key Component of the Global Ocean Refuge System Being Developed by Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute today highlighted important new research by Graham J. Edgar et al, featured this week in the preeminent journal Nature, demonstrating that strong protection and management are critical factors to marine protected area effectiveness. One of the key components of the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced glôr-ees), a new initiative recently announced by Marine Conservation Institute, is establishing clear, consistent criteria for the best locations, strong protection, effective management and credible enforcement for marine protected areas.