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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

NOAA Fisheries issues final rule to protect Pacific Marine National Monuments from illegal fishing

Today, after a four-year process, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published final fishing regulations for the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments, which were established by President George W. Bush just before he left office in January 2009. Consistent with President Bush’s proclamations, the regulations prohibit commercial fishing within the monuments, but allow recreational and non-commercial fishing under certain guidelines. The rule takes effect on July 3, 2013.

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 … Continue reading First-Ever National Ranking Shows Most Coastal States Failing to Protect Oceans

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.