On the Tide

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America’s Wildlife Refuges on the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

Hanging over the celebrations of Thanksgiving this year is the threat of severe funding cuts from the fast approaching Fiscal Cliff. The National Wildlife Refuge System – the largest system of lands and waters protected for wildlife – faces a 10-20% cut to current funding, totaling approximately $50 – $100 million – but the overall
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Saving Our Oceans – One Protected Area at a Time

The ocean covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface; yet scarcely 1% of that area is  fully protected from harmful human activities such as oil drilling or fishing. Governments, as well as many marine conservation organizations throughout the world, including Marine Conservation Institute, are working to increase that percentage in the coming years through the
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Finding and Protecting Deep Sea Corals

Covering 70% of the earth’s surface, the oceans regulate temperature, drive climate, and provide food. Yet,  95% of our ocean is still to be explored!   This last Tuesday, Marine Conservation Institute invited National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program to educate other organizations and academic institutions about their efforts to
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News of Discoveries from the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

Researchers aboard the NOAA research vessel Nancy Foster, under the direction of Dr. Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation Institute’s Director of Coral Conservation and Dr. Steve Ross (UNCW), reported today that they have rediscovered a methane seep off America’s East Coast that has not been seen for the last 30 years!  Mussels at a methane seep
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Robotics Inspire the Next Generation of Ocean Explorers

“The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel.”        -Claude Bernard (1813-78) French physiologist A couple of weeks ago Dr. Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation Institute’s Director of Coral Conservation, and a team of researchers set out on an expedition tasked with exploring deep canyon ecosystems off the US
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Marine Conservation Institute elects 3 eminent ocean conservationists as Directors

Marine Conservation Institute elects 3 eminent ocean conservationists as Directors Amy Mathews-Amos, Les Watling and John Davis join Board Sonoma County CA (August 17).  Today, in celebration of our oceans, Marine Conservation Institute President Lance Morgan announced the election of three new Directors.  They are: John B. Davis, President of Marine Affairs Research and Education
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Exploring America’s Unknown Grand Canyons

For most of us, guiding the pilots of submersibles or underwater robots to explore the deep sea is something we only hope to have the chance to experience in our lifetime. For Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation Institute’s Director of Coral Conservation, it’s a core part of her work. On August 15, Sandra set sail on
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