This is what you get when you create a marine protected area – a beautiful and vibrant coral reef. Check out this video of Cuba’s most spectacular MPA – the Gardens of the Queen. Around a chain of islands 50 miles off the coast of Cuba, these waters are home to some of the most … Continue reading The Gardens of the Queen
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the “State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit” hosted by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that transfixed and horrified the nation in 2010, the Gulf community brought its best thinking about the way to … Continue reading State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit
Marine Conservation Institute Board members Sylvia Earle and Phillippe Cousteau were joined by former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Jane Goodall as featured speakers at this week’s Eye on Earth Summit, an international conference to address the crucial importance of environmental decision-making. In addition to these notable speakers, the Eye on Earth Summit is bringing … Continue reading
On December 1, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing regarding several bills aimed at amending the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA for short, was originally passed in 1976, and its goal was to prevent overfishing and effectively manage fish stocks in the US by creating regional fishery … Continue reading Recent Hearing with the House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Marine Conservation Institute thought we would share what we are thankful for: Caryl Garcia, Vice President for Operations: I’m grateful to be living in these “interesting times”—really! It is in times of challenge that you can clearly see the greatness in people, their generosity of spirit, their passions, their willingness … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Thanksgiving!
As the US government attempts to restore fiscal responsibility, Marine Conservation Institute argues that drastically cutting funds for vital ocean and coastal conservation programs is NOT the answer to our nation’s financial woes. By conserving our ecosystems, we are investing in our future. Congress is currently determining the fiscal fate for the National Oceanic and … Continue reading Conserving our Natural Resources Will Help the Economy and Our Future!
Yesterday, the US Senate approved the combined FY12 Appropriations bills for Commerce, Justice, and Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The combination of 3 appropriations bills is being called a “minibus” (an omnibus is when all appropriations bills are combined; as this includes 3 bills, it’s a … Continue reading Senate Approves FY12 Funding for NOAA and other Government spending!
In early 2009, President Bush established three marine national monuments around a number of US territorial islands and wildlife refuges in the Central Pacific Ocean. These isolated places harbor hundreds of marine species and contain some of the most pristine coral reefs on earth. A 121-foot fishing boat sank on Palmyra Atoll in 1991, and … Continue reading
As early as today, the Senate is scheduled to take up three appropriation bills in a collective package. Marine Conservation Institute is paying particular attention to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, as it allocates funds for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Tell your Senators TODAY that you support funding at enacted … Continue reading CJS Appropriations Bill to the Senate floor!