All posts by Lance Morgan

California’s Ancient Islands May Receive Additional Protections

Congressman takes groundbreaking step to safeguard deep-sea treasures off California

CALIFORNIA — Congressman Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have introduced landmark legislation to safeguard a series of underwater mountains and the marine wildlife they support in the deep sea off California. Known as “seamounts,” these extraordinary places are highly productive ‘oases’ in the deep sea. Off California, seamounts support rare deep‐water corals and … Continue reading California’s Ancient Islands May Receive Additional Protections

How Much is Enough?

One of the questions I am asked most frequently is how much of the ocean do we need to protect? I often reflect philosophically on the response from Dr. Sylvia Earle (Marine Conservation Institute Board Member, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, and Mission Blue founder), “More than half the world is ocean, the blue heart of … Continue reading How Much is Enough?

An Ocean Hero

Dr. Elliott Norse

Dr. Elliott Norse is retiring after an unparalleled career in marine conservation. As a result of his pioneering efforts to establish the field of marine conservation biology, we now have a vibrant and growing community of marine conservation biologists and advocates.  His work directly led to the recent explosion in marine protected area coverage around … Continue reading An Ocean Hero

Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?

Marine biologists Mark Costello and Bill Ballantine from Leigh Marine Laboratory in New Zealand recently published a new study stressing the critical importance of no-take marine reserves for marine biodiversity conservation. While a growing body of scientific literature has documented the undeniable value of no-take reserves for protecting marine biodiversity, most marine protected area (MPA) research now … Continue reading Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?

The Global Ocean Refuge System; a strategic way to protect vulnerable corals from climate change

New research dramatically underscores the need to accelerate establishment of marine reserves to help safeguard marine life from global climate change.  Our staff biogeographer, Dr. John Guinotte, co-authored an important paper published in this month’s issue of Nature Climate Change titled “Options for Managing Impacts of Climate Change on a Deep-Sea Community.” The paper presents … Continue reading The Global Ocean Refuge System; a strategic way to protect vulnerable corals from climate change

2014 Annual Report Released

I am excited to announce the release of Marine Conservation Institute’s 2014 Annual Report! From playing a key role in convincing President Barack Obama to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, to driving strong forward momentum with our Global Ocean Refuge System initiative to a multitude of other conservation successes, 2014 will be a … Continue reading 2014 Annual Report Released

Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations

Last week I had the opportunity to address the United Nations as part of a high-level symposium organized by the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance. You can watch my comments online;  scroll to about 1:50 minutes. I also encourage you to catch the comments by Drs. Callum Roberts and Ellen Pikitch prior to mine, and the other marine … Continue reading Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations

Peering into the Depths of the Bering Sea Canyons, it’s Clear that Protection is Needed

This Op-Ed, partially written by Marine Conservation Institute President Lance Morgan, first appeared in The Seattle Times on January 31, 2015.

Our oceans are in crisis even as we soak up their splendor on vacation, recreate in their waters and eat their fish. We must change course; we must act now, write guest columnists By Sylvia Earle, Lance Morgan and Annie Leonard OUR oceans are vital to our very existence. By producing oxygen, feeding millions and … Continue reading Peering into the Depths of the Bering Sea Canyons, it’s Clear that Protection is Needed

Message from World Parks Congress: “Act Now to Strongly Protect Our Oceans”

I recently participated in the IUCN’s World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.  The meeting was attended by park rangers, managers, government officials, conservationists and others from around the world that work to make sure protected areas – on the land and in the sea – are effectively addressing conservation.  It was a vibrant and dynamic … Continue reading Message from World Parks Congress: “Act Now to Strongly Protect Our Oceans”

Marine Conservation Institute Down Under

Where to Find Us at World Parks Congress

I will be traveling down under to the World Parks Congress this November 12-19, in Sydney, Australia along with Marine Conservation Institute staff scientist Russell Moffitt who manages our MPAtlas project. The meeting is organized by the IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and highlights the important role of protected areas in … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Down Under