I am very excited that President Barack Obama is rewriting ocean history today by designating the world’s largest strongly protected area in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Using his authority as President under the Antiquities Act he is proposing to dramatically expand Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 87,000 square miles to 782,000 square miles. … Continue reading Obama Steps Up for Oceans
At the State Department’s Our Oceans Conference today, President Obama announced his intention to double the area of global oceans that are fully protected from fishing and other extractive activities. The intent is to conserve a large area of the central Pacific Ocean surrounding U.S. islands, atolls and reefs. The proposal, which the President can … Continue reading President Obama Announces Plan to Create the Largest Marine Protected Area in the World with Help from Marine Conservation Institute
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today announced it has released a new online tool that helps people explore and track the progress of global marine protected area campaigns and initiatives. Called “MPA Campaign Tracker,” the tool is part of the comprehensive MPAtlas.org, a Marine Conservation Institute website property made possible by the … Continue reading New Online Tool, MPA Campaign Tracker, Enables People to Explore Progress of Global Marine Protected Area Initiatives and Campaigns
Today I’m filled with real hope. It feels so good when I can share what expert scientists tell us about the sea and what it takes to conserve them. Today—ironically—2 new scientific papers about extinction give me hope that there really is an effective way to save the world’s marine life: the Global Ocean Refuge … Continue reading Why We Think the Global Ocean Refuge System Will Save the World’s Marine Life
As some of you may know, today is the annual International Day for Biological Diversity. First proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993, the intent of the day is to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to biodiversity. Our team at Marine Conservation Institute has always fought hard to protect biodiversity in our world’s … Continue reading Saluting Ocean Biodiversity!
In 2006 Marine Conservation Institute was instrumental in advocating for President Bush’s designation of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). As the iconic marine mammal of Papahānaumokuākea, the plight of the Hawaiian monk seal attracted our attention. The species was then, and continues to be, critically endangered, numbering only about 900 … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Helps Persuade NOAA to Restore Hawaiian Monk Seal Funding to $4 Million
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today highlighted its Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced glôr-ees) as a way to increase the resilience of the world’s oceans. This comes on the heels of the recent “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” Summary for Policymakers draft by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge System to Help Resilience of the World’s Oceans and Humankind
Today is Earth Day and we all should give thanks to be living on such a wonderful and vibrant planet. As we celebrate, I encourage you to do something to help the Earth. It may be selecting sustainable seafood, picking up trash on your local beaches, pledging to never buy water in plastic bottles again, … Continue reading Help Keep Our Earth Vibrant
The island nation of Palau located in the western Pacific Ocean recently announced that it intended to eliminate commercial fishing so that they could build a robust tourism-based economy that focused on healthy resilient ocean ecosystems. Palau will declare its entire 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to be a 100% marine sanctuary with … Continue reading Palau Gets It! Ocean Protection Expected to Pay Big Dividend
When the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred in 2010, the fragility of the Gulf of Mexico was thrust into the limelight. Instead of the usual happy images of families on vacation, fishermen on the water, and glowing sunsets, the public experienced a five-month-long flood of oiled beaches, dead and dying animals, and small towns in economic … Continue reading Gulf Gems Still Shining – But What Does the Future Hold?