Tag Archives: marine protected areas

New Habitat Protections Will Help Hawaiian Monk Seals Avoid Extinction

HONOLULU— The National Marine Fisheries Service today issued a final rule protecting almost 7,000 square miles of critical habitat for Hawaiian monk seals, among the world’s most endangered marine mammals. The ruling requires greater scrutiny of federally funded or permitted projects along coastal areas on the main Hawaiian Islands to protect this native monk seal, … Continue reading New Habitat Protections Will Help Hawaiian Monk Seals Avoid Extinction

California, Oregon and Florida Lead in Strongly Protecting Marine Ecosystems; Remaining US States Lag in Conservation Efforts

Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates 2015—An Annual Report Card on How Well States Are Protecting Their Coastal Waters

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

Dive Right In: A Summer Reading List from Marine Conservation Institute

Summer is here and at the start of each new day, the sun shines brilliantly upon vibrant mountainsides and sparkling shores. With such warm and welcoming weather, many of us hope to spend a lot of time outside. Whether you plan to head toward the coast or embark on a hike to high elevations, having … Continue reading Dive Right In: A Summer Reading List from Marine Conservation Institute

10 Reasons We Urgently Need the Global Ocean Refuge System

For almost two years, Marine Conservation Institute has spoken and written extensively about the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”). During this time, however, we have not been explicit enough about why it is so urgent. GLORES will catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the … Continue reading 10 Reasons We Urgently Need the Global Ocean Refuge System

National Oceans Month, June 2015!

President Barack Obama has proclaimed June 2015 as National Oceans Month! In his statement the President calls upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve and restore our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.  As an organization dedicated to securing strong, permanent protection for our oceans’ most important places, Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled with the … Continue reading National Oceans Month, June 2015!

Healthy Oceans: Capitol Hill Day

150 Ocean Advocates from Blue Vision Summit Meet with 163 House and Senate Offices and Members to Talk About Vital Ocean Issues

The fifth Blue Vision Summit took place this week in Washington, DC, bringing in hundreds of grassroots ocean activists from all across the United States. The Summit began on Monday night with a panel that featured Ralph Nader and Congressman Sam Farr, followed by explorers Fabien Cousteau and Paul Rose, all of whom spoke of the importance of our oceans, … Continue reading Healthy Oceans: Capitol Hill Day

Twelve Passionate Leaders

Update on the Spring 2015 Board of Directors Meeting

What do you get when you have a group of passionate leaders in one room with an epic view of the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline? A renewed and inspired focus towards urgently needed conservation efforts to recover our oceans. Last weekend Marine Conservation Institute’s Board of Directors met at the Bullitt … Continue reading Twelve Passionate Leaders

The Conservation Effort that is Saving our Seas

Recent Developments in Marine Protected Areas

During the last few years there has been a remarkable increase in the number of marine protected areas (MPAs) around the globe. While this growth has brought celebrations and excitement to the marine conservation community, skepticism exists over whether the scramble to reach the Convention of Biological Diversity’s target to protect 10% of marine and … Continue reading The Conservation Effort that is Saving our Seas

Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations

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

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Ryan Seelbach, Mavericks Surfer

The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) continues to attract the coolest of the cool as partners. Today we are turning the spotlight on one very exciting man, Ryan Seelbach, a well-known Mavericks surfer who rides huge waves that make most people cringe in fear. He knows a thing or two about adrenaline rushes and travels … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Ryan Seelbach, Mavericks Surfer