Marine biologists Mark Costello and Bill Ballantine from Leigh Marine Laboratory in New Zealand recently published a new study stressing the critical importance of no-take marine reserves for marine biodiversity conservation. While a growing body of scientific literature has documented the undeniable value of no-take reserves for protecting marine biodiversity, most marine protected area (MPA) research now … Continue reading Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the world’s oceans, released its annual SeaStates 2015 report today at the 2015 Esri User Conference. This year’s report on no-take marine reserves in the waters of US coastal states and territories uncovers an unfortunate truth: in the last year, there was no increase in … Continue reading California, Oregon and Florida Lead in Strongly Protecting Marine Ecosystems; Remaining US States Lag in Conservation Efforts
The global ocean is a big place, covering nearly 71% of our planet, and is essential to life on earth. From providing the oxygen we breathe to regulating the climate we need to survive, healthy oceans are critical to the future of humankind. Yet humans know more about the moon than we do about our … Continue reading Developing the Map to Save the Seas; Coming to You in 3-D!
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today announced significant progress on its priority initiative, the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”). GLORES will catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030, enough to avert mass extinction of marine … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge System Experiences Strong Momentum and Continues to Seek Additional Support
Last week I had the opportunity to address the United Nations as part of a high-level symposium organized by the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance. You can watch my comments online; scroll to about 1:50 minutes. I also encourage you to catch the comments by Drs. Callum Roberts and Ellen Pikitch prior to mine, and the other marine … Continue reading Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations
On January 22, Marine Conservation Institute Chief Scientist Dr. Elliott Norse was a guest speaker in the University of Washington’s Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, a symposium featuring internationally recognized experts. Elliott talked about his long career in ocean conservation and then discussed the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), an initiative by Marine Conservation Institute … Continue reading Dr. Elliott Norse Gives Passionate Presentation to University Students
Wonder what Marine Conservation Institute is focusing on this year? We just posted our Conservation Priorities for 2015 to the home page of our main website. Please take a look and learn more about the focus areas listed below. • Global Ocean Refuge System • Science-Based Criteria for Global Ocean Refuges • Partner Support for … Continue reading See Our Conservation Priorities for 2015!
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, will unveil a report today at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, that shows how well G20 (Group of Twenty) countries are protecting their ocean areas. Similar to the annual SeaStates US report that Marine Conservation Institute last … Continue reading New Report Shows that Most G20 Member Countries Are Strongly Protecting Less than 1% of the Ocean Area in their Jurisdiction
President Obama will sign a proclamation tomorrow to designate the largest marine reserve in the world. His proclamation expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 83,000 square miles to 490,000 square miles. To protect the whales, seabirds, sea turtles, fishes and corals in this region of the central and western Pacific Ocean, commercial fishing and … Continue reading President Barack Obama Makes Ocean Conservation History by Creating the Largest Protected Area on Earth
Extending to the horizon, the sea appears limitless, and throughout human history, we have often acted as if it is – catching fish in increasingly vast numbers and pouring in pollution that seems to disappear. No wonder ocean conservation efforts have lagged behind those of land efforts. Tragically, the ocean is now in distress from … Continue reading We Thank You, Mr. President. And So Does the Ocean.