On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Ocean Optimism Alert: We Can Break Our Addiction to Plastic!

The journey begins with a step.

By Teresa Vale, Marine Conservation Institute GLORES Science Intern   Nowadays, plastic is one of the main types of marine debris that you hear about. In many places, plastic is the type of debris that you will see as you walk across the beach. As society develops new uses for plastics – particularly in single-use, … Continue reading Ocean Optimism Alert: We Can Break Our Addiction to Plastic!

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Alan Friedlander

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Alan Friedlander, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Over the past 35 years, Dr. Friedlander has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater—from coral reefs to the poles, and to depths of thousands of meters. He started … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Alan Friedlander

Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands

Location, location, location! This axiom of the real estate world is perhaps even more true in the natural world. Finding the right environmental conditions for deep-sea corals and sponges to survive and thrive is a rare occurrence in the deep ocean. Marine biologists have discovered deep-sea coral ecosystems throughout the oceans from the tropics to … Continue reading Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands

World Oceans Month: Honoring Our Blue Home

Healthy oceans sustain us. When we’re not near the ocean or watching a vivid nature documentary, it can be easy to forget that. It’s all too easy to move through everyday life and miss that the ocean fills our lungs and spirit. From the clean water we drink to the stable climate we depend on, … Continue reading World Oceans Month: Honoring Our Blue Home

MARCH FOR THE OCEAN

Why should you March For The Ocean on June 9? How will that help ocean ecosystems threatened by overfishing, climate change, plastic pollution and other issues? How can marches with even a hundred thousand people in over a dozen cities support healthier oceans? I often ask myself this question when an organization suggests a public … Continue reading MARCH FOR THE OCEAN

Seagrass: More than Meets the Eye

By Jessica Knoth, Marine Conservation Institute Intern & Photographer Underwater forests and meadows are not so different from their terrestrial cousins. In place of deer and small critters, fish dart among the submerged grass. Seals glide through the water, much like bears patrolling the woods, and kelp sways overhead instead of evergreens. Just as terrestrial plants … Continue reading Seagrass: More than Meets the Eye

Ocean Protection Accelerates

With World Oceans Day just around the corner, we’re thrilled to announce a new ocean protection program – the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Accelerator! Through working with environmental organizations, community leaders and governments, the Accelerator program helps ensure that new marine protected areas (MPAs) meet science-based standards to save ocean wildlife.     Our … Continue reading Ocean Protection Accelerates

Status Watch: How Well Are Coral Reefs Protected Around the World?

Tropical coral reefs are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. Often called the ‘rainforests’ of our oceans, coral reefs host incredible levels of biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services that many organisms – including humans – rely on. Globally, coral reefs cover less than 0.1% of our seafloor, but provide … Continue reading Status Watch: How Well Are Coral Reefs Protected Around the World?

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Laurence McCook

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Laurence McCook, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Laurence McCook works in science-based management and conservation of marine ecosystems, especially coral reefs. He is Senior Advisor to the Marine Program of Conservation International Indonesia and … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Laurence McCook

“A Beautiful Gem in the South Pacific”: Scientists on Rose Atoll

Rose Atoll is a pink jewel on the South Pacific blue horizon. Though its emergent reefs and islands cover just around 20 acres, it carries meaning well beyond what we see: as the southernmost point in the U.S. through American Samoa, as the centerpiece of a federally-protected Marine National Monument and National Wildlife Refuge, and … Continue reading “A Beautiful Gem in the South Pacific”: Scientists on Rose Atoll