All posts by Marine Conservation Institute

Analysis shows overwhelming public support for marine monuments and sanctuaries

More than 99% of comments support the marine monuments & sanctuaries

[Washington, DC]  An analysis of public comments on the fate of U.S. marine monuments and sanctuaries found over 99% of Americans supporting one or all of those blue parks. Following a 45-day public comment period in which over 53,000 official comments were filed with the Department of Commerce concerning the creation or expansion of five … Continue reading Analysis shows overwhelming public support for marine monuments and sanctuaries

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Hixon

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Mark Hixon, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Mark Hixon is an endowed professor of marine biology at the University of Hawai’i. An expert in the ecology and conservation biology of coastal marine fishes, Dr. Hixon has extensive experience with … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Hixon

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Dr. Grorud-Colvert is a marine ecologist and assistant professor in the Integrative Biology Department at Oregon State University and the Director of the Science of Marine Reserves Project. She has studied ocean organisms underwater … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds Bipartisan Hearing on Marine Debris Problems and Solutions

Washington D.C.— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, applauds the bipartisan hearing today in the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard headed by Senators Dan Sullivan, (R-AK) and Gary Peters, (D-MI). Witnesses from the U.S. State Department and the National Oceanic … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds Bipartisan Hearing on Marine Debris Problems and Solutions

Marine Conservation Institute Joins NGOs, Senators and 2.5 Million Commenters in Asking Trump Administration to Protect Marine Monuments

Washington D.C. — Marine Conservation Institute, a marine science organization working on the Pacific marine monuments since 2005 and a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, joins the nonprofit organizations and Senators here today, together with over 2.5 million people* who have submitted comments to the Department of Interior. We … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Joins NGOs, Senators and 2.5 Million Commenters in Asking Trump Administration to Protect Marine Monuments

The evaluations for the inaugural Global Ocean Refuge award nominees are live

YOU can participate in the comment period!

The best way to maintain our oceans’ biological diversity, abundance and resilience is by protecting marine life and their ecosystems through strong and effective marine protected areas. Marine scientists agree that 30% of the ocean needs to be strongly protected. Currently, less than 1% of the ocean is safeguarded in this manner. Many of the … Continue reading The evaluations for the inaugural Global Ocean Refuge award nominees are live

Marine Conservation Institute Releases Letter from Over 500 Scientists Strongly Supporting Marine Monuments Now Under Government Review

Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Are Proven to Create Healthier Oceans, Larger Fish Populations and Resilience to Climate Change

Washington D.C.— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, today released a letter signed by 535 marine, climate and other scientists who fully support the creation of marine reserves because of the “important role that strongly-protected marine reserves play in conserving marine life and benefiting fish populations.”  In … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Releases Letter from Over 500 Scientists Strongly Supporting Marine Monuments Now Under Government Review

Trump Abandons the Paris Climate Agreement

The Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement will have devastating consequences for marine life in our oceans. For decades, the ocean has been absorbing excess carbon dioxide that humans release into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. Ocean acidification, warming seawater and sea level rise – all a result of … Continue reading Trump Abandons the Paris Climate Agreement

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Susan Bird

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Susan Bird, underwater explorer, researcher and avid photographer. As an extension of a successful career as a nationally ranked competitive swimmer, she began diving 1984 and later taught diving in Monterey Bay. She was the president of the Bay Area Underwater Explorers and organizer … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Susan Bird

Marine Conservation Institute Says President’s Budget Proposal ‘Tears Holes in Safety Net’ for Ocean Health

Washington D.C.— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, criticized President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal for cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that impact marine sanctuaries and monuments, estuarine reserves, ocean and climate research, and managing protected species. Dr. Lance Morgan, president … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Says President’s Budget Proposal ‘Tears Holes in Safety Net’ for Ocean Health