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New Research Highlights the Need for Better and More Rigorous Scientific Criteria for Marine Protected Areas

Comprehensive Scientific Criteria Are a Key Component of the Global Ocean Refuge System Being Developed by Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute today highlighted important new research by Graham J. Edgar et al, featured this week in the preeminent journal Nature, demonstrating that strong protection and management are critical factors to marine protected area effectiveness. One of the key components of the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced glôr-ees), a new initiative recently announced by Marine Conservation Institute, is establishing clear, consistent criteria for the best locations, strong protection, effective management and credible enforcement for marine protected areas.

Dolphin Slaughters and Paper Parks

The world recently turned its attention to the tragic and senseless slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.  The killings occur after the “best” individuals are taken for aquarium and swim-with-dolphin-programs around the world. Rather than release the remainder of the dolphins, they are butchered – barbarically by anyone’s standards.  As if this isn’t bad enough, … Continue reading Dolphin Slaughters and Paper Parks

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Successfully Removes Shipwrecks That Were Destroying Coral Reefs in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument with Assistance from Marine Conservation Institute

Coral Reef Restoration can now begin at Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef

On January 16, 2014, a 16-person crew completed the removal of three sunken wrecks that plagued the coral reefs of the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument for over a decade. Nearly one million pounds of iron and other material were removed from the wreckage sites at Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuges inside the Marine National Monument after a 79-day long operation.

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