Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, released a comprehensive report today calling on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to redouble its efforts to conserve the little-known Hawaiian monk seal, the last surviving member of its biological genus. With an estimated population of 900 to 1,100 animals, the Hawaiian monk seal … Continue reading NOAA Must Redouble Effort to Save the Declining Hawaiian Monk Seal, Says Marine Conservation Institute
The warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands are home to one of the planet’s most spectacular displays of marine life. From spinner dolphins to manta rays, humpback whales to green sea turtles, the islands are important habitat for rare and threatened species that have called this part of the world “home” for millions of years. … Continue reading The Big Blue Blog: The Plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal
Extending to the horizon, the sea appears limitless, and throughout human history, we have often acted as if it is – catching fish in increasingly vast numbers and pouring in pollution that seems to disappear. No wonder ocean conservation efforts have lagged behind those of land efforts. Tragically, the ocean is now in distress from … Continue reading We Thank You, Mr. President. And So Does the Ocean.
It isn’t often that you get to mention four previous Presidents—Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—in the same breath as our current President, Barack Obama. But each one—three Republicans and two Democrats—has recognized that one or more of the Pacific Remote islands (see map) and their waters were important enough to … Continue reading Treasure Trove of Pacific Wildlife Need Your Support for Expanded Marine National Monument
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
In 2009, President George W. Bush designated three marine monuments in the central Pacific – totaling over 193,000 square miles – to be protected. The three protected areas include the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa, and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (see map below). … Continue reading Protecting the Pacific Marine Monuments
Check out what’s going on currently in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and the efforts there to save some of our endangered species! Marine Conservation Institute was a strong advocate of the designation of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and we continue to support efforts to protect the resources there. Hawaiian birds get new home in case … Continue reading Helping Species in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Here are some of the news articles that we think are interesting, intriguing, and important! Take a look at them, and tell us what you think. We want to hear from YOU! $3M center planned for Hawaiian monk seals AP (via Mercury News): A California center is planning to build a $3 million rehabilitation center … Continue reading This Week’s News Highlights!
Tomorrow, an exhibit will open at the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu, Hawaii. This exhibit will display fish and corals from the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument – the largest protected area in the United States, and a site rarely seen by anyone! Papahānaumokuākea is a Hawaiian name for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a series of remote … Continue reading A Glimpse into One of Our Nation’s Best Treasures!