On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Saluting Ocean Biodiversity!

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 Our Ocean Is Protected?

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?

Marine Conservation Institute Helps Persuade NOAA to Restore Hawaiian Monk Seal Funding to $4 Million

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

Global Ocean Refuge System to Help Resilience of the World’s Oceans and Humankind

Recent Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Points to Need for Marine Biodiversity Protections

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

MPAtlas Featured in The Atlantic Today!

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!

Help Keep Our Earth Vibrant

Today is Earth Day and we all should give thanks to be living on such a wonderful and vibrant planet.  As we celebrate, I encourage you to do something to help the Earth.  It may be selecting sustainable seafood, picking up trash on your local beaches, pledging to never buy water in plastic bottles again, … Continue reading Help Keep Our Earth Vibrant

Palau Gets It! Ocean Protection Expected to Pay Big Dividend

The island nation of Palau located in the western Pacific Ocean recently announced that it intended to eliminate commercial fishing so that they could build a robust tourism-based economy that focused on healthy resilient ocean ecosystems.  Palau will declare its entire 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to be a 100% marine sanctuary with … Continue reading Palau Gets It! Ocean Protection Expected to Pay Big Dividend

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

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 … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Releases Gulf Gems Report Highlighting Critical Areas to Protect in the Gulf of Mexico

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.  … Continue reading How to Not “Water Down” Marine Protected Areas