On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

First-ever National Ranking Shows Most Coastal States Failing to Protect Oceans

Today two leading marine science and conservation organizations, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue, issued the 1st-ever quantitative, scientifically rigorous national ranking of states’ protection of their ocean waters. SeaStates: How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters? shows that most states and territories are failing to safeguard our nation’s marine life, seafood and coasts.

Deep Coral Areas Urgently Need Protection to Help Save Global Reefs

Marine scientists from Australia and the US today called for global efforts to protect deeper coral reefs as insurance against the widespread destruction of shallow reefs and their fish populations now taking place around the world. In the well-respected climate journal, Nature Climate Change, lead author Dr. Tom Bridge from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Dr. John Guinotte, and colleagues point out that global conservation policies have so far failed to prevent the widespread destruction of shallow coral reefs and their fish life, which now threatens the food security of millions of people. They propose that deeper coral reefs may be able to function as refuges for some coral and fish species that are threatened at shallower depths.

Marine Conservation Institute at the Blue Vision Summit!

Eric Schwaab of NOAA Fisheries giving a presentation Marine Conservation Institute’s Mike Gravitz, Rachel Keylon, and Kate Yentes spent much of this week participating in the Blue Vision Summit 4 put on by the Blue Frontier Campaign. The purpose of this summit is to bring together diverse groups and individuals from the marine conservation community … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute at the Blue Vision Summit!

National Attention on Monk Seal Issue Highlights Need for Local Program on Kaua’i

A New York Times Magazine article investigating the monk seal killings on Kaua‘i and Moloka‘i in 2011 and 2012 has revived attention to the conflict over the protection of this highly endangered marine mammal. In “Who Would Kill a Monk Seal?” writer Jon Mooallem, describes the complex conservation issues that plague the island of Kaua‘i, including conflict over the protection of shearwater birds and nene goose.

Happy Earth Day to you (and to Holland America Line and Seabourn)

On this day, the most important holiday of the year (Earth Day), I find myself wondering: How often do people hear about environmental organizations working with companies in ways that are really good for the Earth?  Probably not often enough. But 3 years ago, the Marine Conservation Institute learned that the leaders of Holland America … Continue reading Happy Earth Day to you (and to Holland America Line and Seabourn)

If the Earth were alive, what would she do to us?

Let’s assume that you’ve had your eyes and ears open these last 20, 40, 60 or 80 years.  If that’s true, you’ve probably noticed that the Earth is not doing too well right now.  People not only kill other people; we’re killing the Earth.  The planet that’s our only environment is in real trouble.  And … Continue reading If the Earth were alive, what would she do to us?

The neighborhood that made me a marine biologist

The question I used to be asked most often is “What’s the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise?” (Answer: dolphins and porpoises are members of two different but closely related families of toothed whales.) The question I’m most often asked now is “Isn’t all that garbage in the ocean terrible?”  (Answer:  It’s terrible that … Continue reading The neighborhood that made me a marine biologist