All posts by Mike Gravitz

Two Bills Continue Republican Attack on U.S. Marine Monuments

Congressional Republicans continued their attack on our ocean this week as the House Natural Resources Committee discussed the Accessing Strategic Resources Offshore Act (ASTRO) bill and the so-called “National Monument Creation and Protection Act” bill (H.R. 3990). Both bills would eliminate presidential authority to designate future marine monuments under the Antiquities Act, a power used … Continue reading Two Bills Continue Republican Attack on U.S. Marine Monuments

What President Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Means for Our Oceans

Today, President Trump released a budget outline for 2018 that has been called “the skinny budget”. Unfortunately, it is just that for most activities other than defense and homeland security. The Department of Commerce, which houses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, would be slimmed down by $1.5 billion or 16%. This probably … Continue reading What President Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Means for Our Oceans

Our Ocean 2016

OCEANS, OCEANS, OCEANS. Can anyone remember three weeks with as much progress in protecting the world’s oceans and marine biodiversity as the last three weeks?  I can’t. First, President Obama created the largest protected area on EARTH when he expanded the marine monument known as Papahānaumokuākea in the NW Hawaiian Islands to be three and … Continue reading Our Ocean 2016

Port State Measures Agreement

Marking an important turning point for the fight against IUU fishing

June is a month of important turning points: the solstice on June 21st when summer officially begins; World Oceans Day on June 8th, which heralds a changing relationship between humans and the ocean that supports all of us, and June 4-5th when the course of WWII in the Pacific changed in a climactic battle between … Continue reading Port State Measures Agreement

A Decade of Creating Large Marine Protected Areas

The Next Decade Requires Faster Pace if we want to Reach International Goals

Across the United States, over 10% of our land has been set aside to protect landscapes and conserve biodiversity. From national parks and monuments, to refuges and wilderness areas, we’ve created an intricate system that provides recreational opportunities, safeguards watersheds, builds climate resiliency and protects critical habitat for endangered and vulnerable species like the desert … Continue reading A Decade of Creating Large Marine Protected Areas

Will President Obama establish the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean? We are working on it.

Just eighty miles off the coast of Maine lies the last, best example of what the New England ocean ecosystem used to look like and how it once functioned prior to heavy industrialized fishing in the 20th century. Called Cashes Ledge, this underwater mountain range and surrounding area abounds with colorful sponges, sea fans and sea … Continue reading Will President Obama establish the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean? We are working on it.

Update on the Antiquities Act

Will future presidents be able to designate marine monuments?

  We want to thank the Marine Conservation Institute supporters who signed our petition opposing the effort to limit the president’s authority to designate future national and marine monuments under the Antiquities Act.  On Wednesday, July 8 the House voted on a more narrowly focused, destructive amendment— that passed by a vote of 222 to … Continue reading Update on the Antiquities Act

Helping to Save the Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the three most endangered seals on earth and is the only marine mammal found entirely within US waters. With a declining population of only 900 to 1,100 individuals, robust and well-funded recovery efforts are vital to the seals’ continued existence. Marine Conservation Institute started our work to protect … Continue reading Helping to Save the Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (S. 1334) in Senate Commerce Committee

And Asks Both Houses of Congress to Quickly Pass This Bipartisan Legislation

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Senator Lisa Murkowski and a group of cosponsors for marking up S. 1334, a bill to strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and implement several fishery treaties. With four diverse cosponsors, this bill has proved that important ocean problems like pirate … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (S. 1334) in Senate Commerce Committee

Marine Conservation Institute Praises IUU Task Force Action Plan and Challenges Congress to Respond with Bipartisan Legislation

After Nine Months of Study, Presidential Commission Makes Detailed Recommendations and Calls for Congressional Action on Enforcement and Treaty

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, praises the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of State and the twelve other federal agencies that form the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud for releasing their final Action Plan for reducing the imports of … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Praises IUU Task Force Action Plan and Challenges Congress to Respond with Bipartisan Legislation