On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Dolphin Slaughters and Paper Parks

The world recently turned its attention to the tragic and senseless slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.  The killings occur after the “best” individuals are taken for aquarium and swim-with-dolphin-programs around the world. Rather than release the remainder of the dolphins, they are butchered – barbarically by anyone’s standards.  As if this isn’t bad enough,
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Interns in the City

Bess I was raised in Tupelo, MS, went to school in Lexington, VA, and spent the last summer in Ashton, ID. Sensing a pattern? I’ve never lived in a city, much less one of DC’s magnitude. Forty-five-minute commutes and public transportation are way outside of my past experiences, but I have found those elements much
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Successfully Removes Shipwrecks That Were Destroying Coral Reefs in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument with Assistance from Marine Conservation Institute

Coral Reef Restoration can now begin at Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef

On January 16, 2014, a 16-person crew completed the removal of three sunken wrecks that plagued the coral reefs of the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument for over a decade. Nearly one million pounds of iron and other material were removed from the wreckage sites at Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuges inside the Marine National Monument after a 79-day long operation.

Marine Conservation Institute Announces Gail Osherenko Has Joined Its Board of Directors

Board Now Includes John Davis, Gene Duvernoy, Sylvia Earle, David Johns (chair), Bob Kerr, Amy Mathews-Amos, Lance Morgan, Elliott Norse, Gail Osherenko and Les Watling

Marine Conservation Institute today announced that Gail Osherenko has joined its Board of Directors. Osherenko, who has decades of experience in marine and coastal conservation, as well as Arctic affairs, is a project scientist in law and policy at the Marine Science Institute of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). She has taught courses in coastal and ocean law and policy in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB. Her research has focused on property rights and sea tenure, the role of marine spatial planning and ocean zoning, the public trust doctrine and the effectiveness of the California coastal management regime.

Excellent news! European Union Parliament majority supports ending deep-sea bottom trawling

On December 10, it appeared that valiant efforts by ocean conservation groups came close to, but had fallen short of ending the environmentally destructive practice of bottom trawling in the deep-sea waters surrounding Europe. But, in the truly strange world of European Parliament rules and procedures, a revised count of their vote shows that a
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Marine Conservation Institute announces “14 Things Humans Can Do To Make the Oceans More Abundant in 2014″

List Summarizes Many Ways People Can Mitigate Issues Facing Oceans in the Next Year

In honor of the start of another year of trying to motivate humankind to work together to save our oceans, Marine Conservation Institute today announced its list of  “14 Things Humans Can Do to Make the Oceans More Abundant in 2014.”  The world’s oceans are vital to human survival, yet they face growing challenges.  The list from Marine Conservation Institute contains specific ocean issues, and geographic areas representative of those issues, that need continued attention in 2014 and beyond.

Marine Conservation Institute announces the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) to protect marine life worldwide

Science-based strategy helps leaders safeguard ocean places essential to human life and livelihoods.

Marine Conservation Institute today announced the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), a comprehensive science-based strategy for advancing marine protected areas worldwide. Oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity and yet human activities are pushing many critical marine species toward extinction. Marine protected areas are generally recognized as the best way to protect the diversity and abundance of the oceans’ ecosystems, yet less than 2% of the oceans’ area is now protected. Progress in establishing effective marine protected areas has been hampered by lack of agreement on protection levels needed to meet conservation goals and lack of clarity on how well existing sites are protected. GLORES (pronounced glôr-ees) will develop and manage objective criteria that incentivize and accelerate the creation of strongly protected marine areas.