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

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.

The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES)

For 20 years (since Norse 1993)1, the world has known that the living oceans essential to human survival and prosperity are in deep trouble as the growing human population demands much more while we’re dramatically reducing the oceans’ capacity to sustain us. On land, the world has taken the very wise step of securing strategically … Continue reading The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES)

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.

Deep-sea corals and essential fish habitat off the US West Coast

The main tool for fisheries conservation in the USA is the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act originally passed in 1976 as a way to help the fishing industry. However, in the intervening years, and after continued declines in fisheries, the Magnuson-Stevens Act now requires fishery management plans to include designation of essential habitats where … Continue reading Deep-sea corals and essential fish habitat off the US West Coast

The return of an old crustacean biologist to Costa Rica

As I look out at an Anna’s hummingbird feeding on the red-flowered Phygelius (Cape fuchsia) in my garden, it is hard to really wrap my mind around the idea that I had just left Costa Rica 24 hours ago.  I had the honor of being invited to give a keynote speech to the Crustacean Society’s and … Continue reading The return of an old crustacean biologist to Costa Rica

Holding our leaders accountable for saving our oceans

In an earlier blog, I started (threatened?) to dialogue with you about the principles necessary to save the Earth.  I haven’t expanded on them because I’ve been almost totally consumed by something we and our allies at Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue released on May 29 called SeaStates 2013 (http://seastates.us/).  Happily, this blog is an opportunity for us to … Continue reading Holding our leaders accountable for saving our oceans

Update from one of the Marine Conservation Institute’s Mia J. Tegner 2011 award winners

Historical baseline of Diversity and abundance of Peruvian marine mega-vertebrates to disentangle climate from fisheries effects Researcher: Shaleyla Kelez Location: Peru Update:  Mia J. Tegner 2011 grant recipient Dr. Shaleyla Kelez examined historical records of marine mega-vertebrates’ abundance and populations off Peru in an effort to distinguish climate from fisheries effects.  Many previous studies have noted a … Continue reading Update from one of the Marine Conservation Institute’s Mia J. Tegner 2011 award winners