Tag Archives: marine conservation institute

Fighting for Ocean Conservation Programs

Last week I had the privilege of testifying before members of the US House of Representatives subcommittee that directs funds to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  What an honor and a challenge. The NOAA ocean conservation programs that we care about are suffering.  As the federal budget continues to get squeezed, it is
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Marine Protected Areas Sustain Communities

You spoke and we listened! A recent survey of our readers indicated that you believe one of the most important things Marine Conservation Institute does is advocate for the protection of ocean places. We recognize that the oceans are important places to protect marine life and we are dedicated to the protection of these special areas.The
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The 29th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force

Source: NOAA        On Thursday, February 21, 2013 Mike Gravitz, Rachel Keylon, and I attended the 29th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting at the Department of Interior.  This was an opportunity for concerned citizens and conservation groups to offer public comment on the federal government’s efforts to preserve coral reefs and their associated marine
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Pirates on the High Seas!

Out on the seas there is a dangerous threat to fishing communities and fish themselves!  That danger is IUU (illegal, unreported, and unregulated) fishing, or pirate fishing!  Pirate fishing also uses un-regulated gear and non-safe fishing practices which can harm the sea floor and other marine creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, and birds.  Specifically
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Palmyra Atoll Free of Rats and a Better Home for Island Wildlife

Source: USGS      The wind blows through the palm trees as the sun warms your face.  You can hear the waves crashing on the beach.  What could ruin this perfect day?  Rats.          By 2011 Palmyra Atoll had become overrun with rats and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in
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A Brief Consideration of the Kulluk Stranding: Biodiversity of Sitkadilak Island

 Sitkadilak Island’s seabirds and marine mammals Right now, as I sit here writing this blog the drilling rig Kulluk is sitting in its temporary anchorage in Kiliuda Bay which is located just north of the grounding location (Figure 1a & b) on the eastern side of Kodiak Island.  News sources have reported there is no
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Marine Conservation Institute’s Accomplishments in 2012

Source: Maragos, FWS Marine Conservation Institute’s President, Lance Morgan, has posted the 2012 President’s Report summarizing some of the important work and major accomplishments of this year.The mission of Marine Conservation Institute is to use the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world, and then advocate for their protection, for us and
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‘Honey Girl’ the Hawaiian Monk Seal: the Protection of an Endangered Species

Honey Girl is a popular 15-year-old Hawaiian monk seal who frequents the North Shore of Oahu. She has been a good mother to at least seven pups and has raised three pups consecutively in the last three years. See footage of Honey Girl with her most recent pup here. Honey Girl in the News Honey
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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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