Marine Conservation Institute today announced it has released a new report, Gulf Gems: Treasured Places in Troubled Waters, highlighting critical areas in the Gulf of Mexico. The document aims to bring awareness to important places in the Gulf that are currently unprotected or under-protected from extractive and potentially damaging human activities. When the Deepwater Horizon … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Releases Gulf Gems Report Highlighting Critical Areas to Protect in the Gulf of Mexico
We recently launched Marine Conservation Today, our new online newspaper delivering the most recent, exciting and important stories happening in the marine world. Every weekday we read through multiple credible and distinguished news sources to bring you the top stories relating to marine protected areas, coral reefs, fisheries, marine mammals and more. Monday through Friday, … Continue reading Now You Can Get Our Daily Catch of Ocean News on Marine Conservation Today!
Source: NOAA The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently completed a study on fish stocks off of the coast of California. NOAA found that not only was there an increase in hauls, but an increase in monetary value to the fishermen. Why the increase? NOAA hypothesizes it was because of the catch … Continue reading The Proof is in the Pudding…or Fish Stocks
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 … Continue reading Fighting for Ocean Conservation Programs
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 … Continue reading Marine Protected Areas Sustain Communities
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 … Continue reading The 29th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force
Being a biologist requires me to think differently than most people. Most people are driven by questions such as: “How long will it take me to get downtown in this traffic?” “What do I not pay so I can make my rent this month?” “How’d we do versus our competition last quarter?” “What do I … Continue reading Smart like a rock? Kind like a rock?
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 … Continue reading Pirates on the High Seas!
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 … Continue reading Palmyra Atoll Free of Rats and a Better Home for Island Wildlife
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 … Continue reading A Brief Consideration of the Kulluk Stranding: Biodiversity of Sitkadilak Island