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
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”
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
Extending to the horizon, the sea appears limitless, and throughout human history, we have often acted as if it is – catching fish in increasingly vast numbers and pouring in pollution that seems to disappear. No wonder ocean conservation efforts have lagged behind those of land efforts. Tragically, the ocean is now in distress from … Continue reading We Thank You, Mr. President. And So Does the Ocean.
On August 13th Elliott Norse and I hosted the first Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) workshop at the University of Glasgow the day before the official start of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3). Establishing rigorous and transparent scientific criteria for ensuring the effectiveness of marine protected areas is a complex and academically challenging endeavor. … Continue reading Marine Experts Meet to Define Criteria for the Global Ocean Refuge System
Since President Obama announced his intent to consider expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, a great deal of conversation has focused on current fishing practices in the potentially affected areas. In particular, there has been concern expressed that a monument expansion would severely impact the Hawai’i-based longline fleet. However, since 1994, the fishing activity by this fleet in the waters surrounding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument has been minimal, and has generally declined over the past 5-10 years.
Of the number of fish (all species) caught and kept by the fishing fleet in 2012, only 5.18% came from the Pacific Remote Islands Area (PRIA). The percentage of all tunas (the most highly sought after group of species) caught in the PRIA and kept by the fleet in 2012 was 6.55%. Additional details on overall catch levels, specific tuna species, and fishing effort are shown in the figures below.
All data taken from annual summary reports of fishing effort and catch statistics for US longline vessels landing in Hawai’i as derived from the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Pacific Daily Longline Fishing Log records. All figures are based on the number of fish caught and kept by the Honolulu, Hawai’i-based longline fleet. Additional figures and raw data available upon request.
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Where do McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches Come From? Reposted from Greenpeace Blogs Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is asking McDonald’s to stand down on an issue that could impact the long term availability of one of its signature products — the Filet-O-Fish sandwich. Yesterday, Senator Murkowski asked McDonald’s to ignore environmental groups who are calling for important and long-overdue … Continue reading Where do McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches Come From?
All of us at the Marine Conservation Institute are excited to see the far-reaching reforms being called for to protect the High Seas. During the last year and a half, the Global Ocean Commission has been delving into what has been causing the declining health of our world’s oceans. Today they released an integrated rescue package that … Continue reading Global Ocean Commission Calls for Regeneration Zones to Recover Ocean Health
I am very excited that President Barack Obama is rewriting ocean history today by designating the world’s largest strongly protected area in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Using his authority as President under the Antiquities Act he is proposing to dramatically expand Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 87,000 square miles to 782,000 square miles. … Continue reading Obama Steps Up for Oceans
Secretary Kerry, in his welcoming remarks today at Our Oceans 2014, highlighted some very promising directions for the Obama administration. Among other things, he said: “Let’s develop a plan that protects more marine habitats, and we will have an announcement regarding that. I believe President Obama will make such an announcement.” “Today, less than 2 … Continue reading Kerry Highlights Some Promising Directions