On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

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

The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk

You’ve probably heard the saying that we know less about the deep ocean than we do about the surface of the moon. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we have explored less than 5% of the ocean to date, so the saying is pretty accurate. However, as technology improves and scientists are able … Continue reading The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk

Needle in a haystack: identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea

Seamounts are underwater mountains rising thousands of feet from the bottom of the ocean. Due to their size and shape, seamounts exert a strong influence on local currents that results in nutrient enrichment and increased food supply. As a result, these massive features are often highly productive ‘oases’ in the deep sea, supporting a large … Continue reading Needle in a haystack: identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea

Save the Marine and Land Monuments: “All for one and one for all”

Remember the rallying cry of the Three Musketeers? When they start their gallant swordfights, they yell, “All for one and one for all!” That’s how we’re resisting the Trump Administration and its attempt to tear our national monuments apart. We’re helping other groups defend our land monuments, and they are helping us defend the marine … Continue reading Save the Marine and Land Monuments: “All for one and one for all”

President Trump Attacks Two National Monuments in Utah; Protection for Critical Ocean Ecosystems Could Be Next on the Chopping Block

Washington, D.C. — Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, condemns President Trump’s decision to rescind protections for two U.S. national monuments that was announced yesterday in Salt Lake City, Utah. The President reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand … Continue reading President Trump Attacks Two National Monuments in Utah; Protection for Critical Ocean Ecosystems Could Be Next on the Chopping Block

Year End Bonus: Marine Biodiversity Boosted by Massive Conservation Areas

Huge Ocean Areas Now Strongly Protected in Reserves as 2017 Comes to a Close

This a quarterly update from the Atlas of Marine Protection (mpatlas.org) team. Be sure to visit mpatlas.org for the latest information and analyses on marine protected area coverage worldwide. It’s a good day to be a krill, penguin, seal, toothfish, or an orca. They have been waiting a whole year for the Ross Sea Protected Area to … Continue reading Year End Bonus: Marine Biodiversity Boosted by Massive Conservation Areas

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Costello

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Mark Costello, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Mark J. Costello is based in the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he has coordinated the post-graduate course in Marine Protected … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Costello

Scary Threats to Our Marine Protected Areas

Since taking office, President Trump has launched a frightening assault on U.S. ocean conservation and governance. Previous administrations have pursued marine conservation as a bipartisan issue, with both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama designating large protected areas in important biodiversity hotspots. Now, the Trump administration is threatening the future of our National … Continue reading Scary Threats to Our Marine Protected Areas

President Trump to Decide Fate of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries After Secretive Review

Washington, D.C. — Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, and respected marine scientists question an unreleased Department of Commerce marine monuments and sanctuaries report sent to the White House today. In April, President Trump issued executive order 13795 instructing Secretary of Commerce Ross to conduct reviews … Continue reading President Trump to Decide Fate of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries After Secretive Review