SEATTLE — Today, at the Our Oceans Conference in Valparaiso, Chile, several counties announced new commitments to highly protected marine areas and moved other commitments to confirmed or designated status. The United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Chile were among the countries making these commitments to strongly protect areas around the Pitcairn Islands, the Kermadec Islands, … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds New Marine Protected Areas Announced at Our Oceans Conference Today
Across the United States, over 10% of our land has been set aside to protect landscapes and conserve biodiversity. From national parks and monuments, to refuges and wilderness areas, we’ve created an intricate system that provides recreational opportunities, safeguards watersheds, builds climate resiliency and protects critical habitat for endangered and vulnerable species like the desert … Continue reading A Decade of Creating Large Marine Protected Areas
The ocean is a great wilderness that is largely unexplored. Home to some of the largest, most beautiful and eccentric animals, the lack of protection offered to ocean animals is shocking. As we remove animals from the ocean at an increasing rate, pollute the waters and change the chemistry of the ocean, it appears we … Continue reading Four ocean animals you probably didn’t know needed protection:
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?
Just eighty miles off the coast of Maine lies the last, best example of what the New England ocean ecosystem used to look like and how it once functioned prior to heavy industrialized fishing in the 20th century. Called Cashes Ledge, this underwater mountain range and surrounding area abounds with colorful sponges, sea fans and sea … Continue reading Will President Obama establish the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean? We are working on it.
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
Recent updates to MPAtlas make finding the status of your favorite marine protected areas easy. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are simple yet highly effective marine management tools that offer some of the highest marine conservation gains. MPAtlas, the world’s most comprehensive online marine protected area database, is dedicated to providing a user friendly and informative … Continue reading Visualizing Marine Protected Areas
The Titan triggerfish, a voracious predator, being cleaned by a cleaner wrasse. Credit: Enric Sala, National Geographic. This month was an exciting milestone for the marine conservation world as the UK government made a commitment to create Pitcairn Islands … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Celebrates the Creation of Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve
Officially proclaimed World Oceans Month, this past June brought a series of impressive announcements about new initiatives to protect our oceans. From President Obama’s proposal to create the world’s largest marine monument around the US Pacific Remote Islands to New Zealand formally declaring the Akaroa Marine Reserve, June 2014 will be remembered by ocean advocates … Continue reading MPA Campaign Tracker Reveals the Behind-the-Scenes Work Towards Saving Our Oceans
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