On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Seamounts medicine? Why your next antibiotic may come from the deep sea.

Feature pic: Octocoral, sponge, and feather star on the Davidson Seamount, by NOAA / MBARI. Our oceans are filled with amazing creatures, big and small. Most of its life is actually far smaller than we can see: there are millions of microscopic animals, plants, and more thriving in our oceans. Human lives may directly depend on these … Continue reading Seamounts medicine? Why your next antibiotic may come from the deep sea.

GLORES Partner Spotlight: SEVENSEAS Media

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on SEVENSEAS Media! SEVENSEAS Media is a media nonprofit and monthly e-magazine focusing on marine conservation. It is a leading free resource that connects and promotes an international network of scientists, researchers, students, and ocean lovers to news, job opportunities, and adventure. SEVENSEAS … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: SEVENSEAS Media

Marine Conservation Institute Awards Seven Blue Parks Global Ocean Refuge Status for the Most Effective Conservation of Marine Life

Seven Blue Parks Join the Global Ocean Refuge System at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia

[Bali, Indonesia]  Today at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference, where representatives from about one hundred nations around the world and hundreds of marine conservationists are gathered, Marine Conservation Institute announced that seven new blue parks have been selected to receive its Global Ocean Refuge System Award. The newest members of the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Awards Seven Blue Parks Global Ocean Refuge Status for the Most Effective Conservation of Marine Life

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Simon Pittman

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Simon Pittman, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Pittman is an Associate Researcher at the University of Plymouth in the UK and Director of Seascape Analytics. He has been instrumental in building the foundations for the newly emerging … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Simon Pittman

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Emrick Studios

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Emrick Studios! Ted Emrick believes in giving back to his community, recognizing inspiring people and telling powerful stories through his artwork. He has been making art for over 40 years and his studio is located in Baywood Park, just two … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Emrick Studios

Pollution in the deep sea – are any habitats safe from human disturbance?

Feature Pic: A discarded aluminum can sits deep in the Channel Islands. Photo: MARE and NOAA   We’re all too familiar with the horrible images of once pristine beaches that are now covered with trash, threatening a wide array of charismatic animals including sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals. What about our ocean’s most remote … Continue reading Pollution in the deep sea – are any habitats safe from human disturbance?

GLORES Accelerator Spotlight: Sin Azul No Hay Verde

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Sin Azul No Hay Verde, one of our first GLORES Accelerator partnerships! Sin Azul No Hay Verde, or “No Blue No Green” in English, is a marine conservation program of the Conservation Land Trust (CLT). CLT has worked for 25 years on … Continue reading GLORES Accelerator Spotlight: Sin Azul No Hay Verde

Deep But Not Deserted – Exploring Deep-Sea Ecosystems Off the California Coast

Feature Pic: A yellowtail rockfish swims past a pink landscape dominated by strawberry anemones and hydrocorals on Cordell Bank. Photo: MARE and NOAA In July 2018, Marine Conservation Institute staff scientist Samuel Georgian stepped on board the NOAA research vessel Bell M. Shimada, beginning a two-week expedition to explore deep-water coral and sponge habitats off … Continue reading Deep But Not Deserted – Exploring Deep-Sea Ecosystems Off the California Coast

Kelp Forests: Towering Coastal Wonders

By Siobhan Murphy, Marine Conservation Institute Communications Intern In our exploration of blue carbon so far, we’ve swum through dense mangrove forests and snorkeled over swaying seagrass meadows. Now, let’s head to cooler waters. Grab your wetsuit and dive with us into a towering kelp forest!     Kelps are large, typically brown seaweeds, of … Continue reading Kelp Forests: Towering Coastal Wonders

High Seas History in the Making

UN Talks on Protecting Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Begin

Feature Pic: Elias Levy World leaders may soon make history for ocean wildlife. After more than a decade of halting progress, a UN Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) is convening for the next 10 days to negotiate a treaty to protect biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), also known as the high seas. An agreement would … Continue reading High Seas History in the Making