All posts by Madeleine Serkissian

Rose Atoll Abides

A Special Island in A Sea of Change

Ten years ago this month in January 2009, President George W. Bush designated a small island and coral reef system in American Samoa a marine national monument, called Rose Atoll. It is named so after its rosy pink corals. The monument protects 10,000 square miles of ocean from any commercial fishing or other extraction. Since … Continue reading Rose Atoll Abides

How Marine Protected Areas are Safeguarding Our Ocean’s Vulnerable Top Predators

By GLORES Science Intern, Abbie Dosell Sharks are an essential part of marine ecosystems, asserting top-down control that maintains ecosystem balance. However, these beloved predators are consistently threatened by fisheries bycatch, pollution, habitat loss and shark finning. Shark finning alone is estimated to be responsible for the deaths of 73 million sharks annually. Sharks and … Continue reading How Marine Protected Areas are Safeguarding Our Ocean’s Vulnerable Top Predators

Denizens of the Deep: The Octopuses Who Make Their Homes on Seamounts

Featured Pic: A giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) observed on Cordell Bank during a Marine Conservation Institute and Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE) cruise off the coast of northern California. Photo credit: MARE and NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute Octopuses are seriously cool creatures. They can rapidly change the color … Continue reading Denizens of the Deep: The Octopuses Who Make Their Homes on Seamounts

Global Biodiversity Protection

The Key Role of Locally Managed Marine Areas

  By Abbie Dosell,  Marine Conservation Institute GLORES Science Intern   Some of the world’s most biodiverse and ecologically valuable marine ecosystems are sporadically distributed among different regions and cultures globally. Due to this diversity, a one-size-fits-all marine protected area (MPA) framework is not sufficient to protect biodiversity. Locally Managed Marine Areas, or LMMAs, offer … Continue reading Global Biodiversity Protection