Tag Archives: NOAA

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

The Power of Papahānaumokuākea

A Marine National Monument that Protects the Known...and Unknown

Nestled in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a nearly 140,000 square mile marine protected area. Within Papahānaumokuākea marine life flourishes and new species are frequently found. An abundance of information can be learned by studying the environment of this remote, protected site, which is an outstanding example of a marine protected … Continue reading The Power of Papahānaumokuākea

Marine Conservation Institute Comments on the US National Bycatch Strategy

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is currently reviewing its priorities for reducing bycatch, the unwanted ocean wildlife (e.g., fish, turtles, coral, seabirds, etc.) unintentionally caught by commercial fishermen when targeting a different species. NMFS is in the early stages of developing a new National Bycatch Strategy and is asking the public for comments and … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Comments on the US National Bycatch Strategy

Helping to Save the Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the three most endangered seals on earth and is the only marine mammal found entirely within US waters. With a declining population of only 900 to 1,100 individuals, robust and well-funded recovery efforts are vital to the seals’ continued existence. Marine Conservation Institute started our work to protect … Continue reading Helping to Save the Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds NOAA Announcement to More Than Double the Size of the Northern California Marine Sanctuaries

After Years of Research and Public Comment Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Now Reach From Near the Mouth of San Francisco Bay to Pt. Arena

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity and important ocean places, applauds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for expanding the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.  As announced in the Federal Register today, this action will more than double the combined size of the existing sanctuaries from approximately … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds NOAA Announcement to More Than Double the Size of the Northern California Marine Sanctuaries

Why We Need to End Illegal Fishing and What We Are Doing About It

Last week, we testified at the final public meeting for the Presidential Taskforce on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud.  The issue in question – “pirate fishing” – has been highlighted recently in international news, understandable given that it accounts for $10-$23 billion dollars in traded seafood each year.  In the … Continue reading Why We Need to End Illegal Fishing and What We Are Doing About It

What Really Happened at Capitol Hill Oceans Week?

Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2014, hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, once again brought together marine professionals, government officials and ocean advocates to discuss the most current and pressing marine issues. Affectionately called CHOW, this conference provides an opportunity to network with other conservationists and share ideas of how to support and advance ocean … Continue reading What Really Happened at Capitol Hill Oceans Week?

Marine Conservation Institute Helps Persuade NOAA to Restore Hawaiian Monk Seal Funding to $4 Million

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

The Proof is in the Pudding…or Fish Stocks

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

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 … Continue reading Fighting for Ocean Conservation Programs