All posts by Madeleine Serkissian

Puffins and Pufflings, and how the New England Seamounts Could Save Them

Featured Image: An Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) displays its colorful beak and feet. Courtesy of Ray Hennessy. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) is a striking bird, at times referred to as the clown of the sea due to its unusual facial appearance. These seabird’s boldly-colored beaks serve … Continue reading Puffins and Pufflings, and how the New England Seamounts Could Save Them

Safeguarding California Seamounts for Generations and Generations to Come

  In episode 2 of our California Seamounts Series, viewers experience the rough topography of the seamounts and the incredible marine life that lives there. Like the Sierra Mountains, the seamounts have steep cliffs, valleys, deep gorges, and broad plateaus. These seamounts are havens for life from their base to summit. Scientists believe that seamount … Continue reading Safeguarding California Seamounts for Generations and Generations to Come

A Glimmer of Hope for Ailing Seas; Scientists publish a timeline for turning the tide on marine ecosystem degradation

By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador.   “What we do in the next ten years will profoundly impact the next few thousand.” – Sir David Attenborough   Since 1956, scientists have provided evidence of mounting anthropogenic climate change.[1] The mounting evidence tells a clear and scientifically certain story: human actions are degrading the planet’s living … Continue reading A Glimmer of Hope for Ailing Seas; Scientists publish a timeline for turning the tide on marine ecosystem degradation

The California Seamount Series!

Announcing a series of short videos and multi-media stories about the spectacular California Seamounts and other marine life off the coast of California.

Featured Picture: A Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis sp.) swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.   Today, we release the first in a series of short videos and multi-media stories about a unique place in U.S. oceans — huge underwater mountains, called seamounts. Rising from the deep, dark seafloor … Continue reading The California Seamount Series!

Statement of Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute on President Trump’s Attempt to Incapacitate the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine Monument

For Immediate Release Friday, June 5, 2020 Contact: Lance Morgan Lance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org, 707-217-8242 (cell) Mike Gravitz Michael.Gravitz@marine-conservation.org, 301-351-5052 (cell) [Glen Ellen, CA] Last Friday President Trump proclaimed June as National Ocean Month, saying that, “… we reaffirm our commitment to responsible stewardship of our ocean resources…..and ensuring that the natural beauty and wonder of the oceans … Continue reading Statement of Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute on President Trump’s Attempt to Incapacitate the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine Monument

Calling on Marine Scientists to Support Protecting at least 30% of the Ocean by 2030 (30×30)

By Lance Morgan, President at Marine Conservation Institute   There is growing scientific evidence and support for protecting at least 30% of the planet. The 2019 report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) highlights the dire future of biodiversity on our planet if we do not act decisively now.  Seagrass beds, … Continue reading Calling on Marine Scientists to Support Protecting at least 30% of the Ocean by 2030 (30×30)

Explore California’s Seamounts Using Our Interactive Story Map

By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute We invite you to take a trip with us to the unusual, deep underwater mountains off California’s coasts called seamounts.  You will tour the California Seamounts, as they are called, using a Story Map (from Esri) that allows viewers to take a virtual, interactive look at a … Continue reading Explore California’s Seamounts Using Our Interactive Story Map

Perverse Incentives

Fisheries Subsidies, and our once-in-a generation chance to end the worst of them.

By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador.   This year, the global community faces a deadline to correct a perverse dynamic in an industry that reaches into the world’s most remote and untouched frontiers—the far reaches of the ocean. Fishing subsidies that benefit the largest ships, fleets and companies are leaving the livelihoods and food security … Continue reading Perverse Incentives

Announcing our first-ever Ocean Photo Contest!

For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re celebrating our blue planet through a contest that highlights people’s connections to, and experiences of, the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. Marine Conservation Institute invites you to enter our Ocean Photo Contest to celebrate our deep connection to our blue planet!   When Earth Day … Continue reading Announcing our first-ever Ocean Photo Contest!

Meet our 2020 Blue Park Award nominees, and help us evaluate them!

By Alyssa Tylor, Marine Conservation Institute Blue Parks Intern.   Do you need some positive news? We realize your primary focus these days is the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our goal is not to diminish those concerns. But if a little ocean … Continue reading Meet our 2020 Blue Park Award nominees, and help us evaluate them!