On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Trump Wants to Sink the Ocean Budget for NOAA

I have a confession: I’m a budget geek and always have been. Why? Because budgets reflect the values and priorities of a government or organization. They are the best way to learn what their leaders see as important and what their plans for the future are. Using the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 19) budget proposal–that’s … Continue reading Trump Wants to Sink the Ocean Budget for NOAA

5 Ocean Love Stories

Our oceans are filled with awe-inspiring creatures. It’s one of the many reasons that we love the ocean and fight so hard to protect its wildest places. Ocean animals can defy our imaginations one minute, and remind us of cross-species connections the next. With romance, some marine species fall for one partner and stay together, … Continue reading 5 Ocean Love Stories

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Horta e Costa

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Barbara Horta e Costa, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Barbara Horta e Costa is a marine researcher at the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) at the University of Algarve in Portugal. She focuses on … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Horta e Costa

Protecting Chile’s Ocean Treasures

By GLORES Ambassador Sebastian Nicholls  Imagine a land, at the tip of a continent, where the rugged coastline cuts into the ocean like a curved dagger, and the whales sing a different tongue. A land whose ferocious natives resisted several European invasions, but for a brief period accepted a French lawyer and adventurer as their … Continue reading Protecting Chile’s Ocean Treasures

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer O’Leary

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Jennifer O’Leary, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Jennifer O’Leary is a marine ecologist with California Sea Grant at California Polytechnic State University who works at the interface between science and management. Her research focuses … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer O’Leary

Our 2018 Conservation Priorities

This year promises to be an interesting and exciting one for marine conservation, and we’re ready to meet its opportunities and challenges head-on for our oceans. We will continue advocating for strong protection of our oceans, strengthening our initiatives and working with you to safeguard marine biodiversity. Here’s a preview of our plans for this … Continue reading Our 2018 Conservation Priorities

5 Reasons We’re Over the Moon About Blue Planet II

We’ve watched the trailer a million times. We’ve begged our European colleagues to let us visit. Now, ocean fanatic friends, the time has come: Blue Planet II is airing on our side of the Atlantic! Our team’s been hearing about it and catching clips, so we know a little about what’s to come. Sorry friends and … Continue reading 5 Reasons We’re Over the Moon About Blue Planet II

Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates US 2017

Our Atlas of Marine Protection (MPAtlas.org) team has released its annual review of US marine protection levels for 2017. They update the SeaStates US report annually to ensure it is the most rigorous, quantitative, and topical accounting of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the waters of US coastal states and territories. First published in 2013, the … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates US 2017

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Rashid Sumaila

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Rashid Sumaila, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit and the OceanCanada Partnership at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He specializes in bioeconomics, marine … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Rashid Sumaila

Top 5 Ocean Highlights of 2017

Like a seabird soaring above the blue, another year has flown by! There was a lot of marine protection news worth celebrating in 2017, and here are five of our favorite updates.   The Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary expansion Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary grew quite a bit this year when Colombian President Juan … Continue reading Top 5 Ocean Highlights of 2017