On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

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.

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.