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 … Continue reading President Obama Announces Plan to Create the Largest Marine Protected Area in the World with Help from Marine Conservation Institute
Secretary Kerry, in his welcoming remarks today at Our Oceans 2014, highlighted some very promising directions for the Obama administration. Among other things, he said: “Let’s develop a plan that protects more marine habitats, and we will have an announcement regarding that. I believe President Obama will make such an announcement.” “Today, less than 2 … Continue reading Kerry Highlights Some Promising Directions
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today announced it has released a new online tool that helps people explore and track the progress of global marine protected area campaigns and initiatives. Called “MPA Campaign Tracker,” the tool is part of the comprehensive MPAtlas.org, a Marine Conservation Institute website property made possible by the … Continue reading New Online Tool, MPA Campaign Tracker, Enables People to Explore Progress of Global Marine Protected Area Initiatives and Campaigns
Today I’m filled with real hope. It feels so good when I can share what expert scientists tell us about the sea and what it takes to conserve them. Today—ironically—2 new scientific papers about extinction give me hope that there really is an effective way to save the world’s marine life: the Global Ocean Refuge … Continue reading Why We Think the Global Ocean Refuge System Will Save the World’s Marine Life
Join leading marine, natural and social scientists asking President Obama to “dramatically accelerate protections for U.S. waters” in no-take marine reserves. We are seeking scientists from around the world to show their support for this. Why now? As you may be aware, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his State Department are hosting the … Continue reading Calling All Marine Scientists – Support Marine Reserves!
As some of you may know, today is the annual International Day for Biological Diversity. First proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993, the intent of the day is to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to biodiversity. Our team at Marine Conservation Institute has always fought hard to protect biodiversity in our world’s … Continue reading Saluting Ocean Biodiversity!
How much of the world’s ocean have humans safeguarded within reserves, refuges and parks to protect marine biodiversity? It is tricky to provide a single clear answer to this question for a number of reasons. It’s trickier still to say which of them are effective at conservation because any number of planning, management and enforcement … Continue reading How Much of Our Ocean Is Protected?
In 2006 Marine Conservation Institute was instrumental in advocating for President Bush’s designation of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). As the iconic marine mammal of Papahānaumokuākea, the plight of the Hawaiian monk seal attracted our attention. The species was then, and continues to be, critically endangered, numbering only about 900 … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Helps Persuade NOAA to Restore Hawaiian Monk Seal Funding to $4 Million
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today highlighted its Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced glôr-ees) as a way to increase the resilience of the world’s oceans. This comes on the heels of the recent “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” Summary for Policymakers draft by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge System to Help Resilience of the World’s Oceans and Humankind
We are excited to see an article in The Atlantic today on marine protected areas that features our MPAtlas. “A Blueprint for Protecting the World’s Oceans” by Svati Kirsten Narula provides an insightful look at how to make marine protected areas more effective for conservation. We’re pleased to see the prominence of MPAtlas, our tool … Continue reading MPAtlas Featured in The Atlantic Today!