All posts by Russell Moffitt

Calling for Greater Leadership from G20 Countries for Strong and Lasting Protection of the World’s Oceans

G20 member countries are the most financially able countries in the world; collectively their economies account for approximately 85% of the gross world product and 80% of world trade. Yet, with a few exceptions, their commitment to protecting their coastal waters is lacking, and capacity is clearly not the issue.

Download the Report: SeaStates G20 2018 Executive Summary SeaStates G20 2018 Full Report More details along with the complete series of SeaStates reports created by Marine Conservation Institute available at https://marine-conservation.org/seastates/ and https://marine-conservation.org/seastates/g20/2018/ Following the annual World Economic Forum at Davos, January 22-25, our staff at the Atlas of Marine Protection released a new report … Continue reading Calling for Greater Leadership from G20 Countries for Strong and Lasting Protection of the World’s Oceans

Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates US 2017

Our Atlas of Marine Protection (MPAtlas.org) team has released its annual review of US marine protection levels for 2017. They update the SeaStates US report annually to ensure it is the most rigorous, quantitative, and topical accounting of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the waters of US coastal states and territories. First published in 2013, the … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates US 2017

Year End Bonus: Marine Biodiversity Boosted by Massive Conservation Areas

Huge Ocean Areas Now Strongly Protected in Reserves as 2017 Comes to a Close

This a quarterly update from the Atlas of Marine Protection (mpatlas.org) team. Be sure to visit mpatlas.org for the latest information and analyses on marine protected area coverage worldwide. It’s a good day to be a krill, penguin, seal, toothfish, or an orca. They have been waiting a whole year for the Ross Sea Protected Area to … Continue reading Year End Bonus: Marine Biodiversity Boosted by Massive Conservation Areas

How to Protect the Living Ocean?

Get people to talk to each other (at IMPAC4 in Chile this September)

We are packing up our bags, computers, maps, and brochures and flying to Chile. No, we are not fleeing the current political regime in the U.S. We are going to the beachside city of La Serena-Coquimbo for the 4th International Congress of Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC4). Every four years, the global conservation community gathers at … Continue reading How to Protect the Living Ocean?

How Much of Our Ocean Is Protected?

How much of the world’s ocean have humans safeguarded within reserves, refuges and parks to protect marine biodiversity?  It is tricky to provide a single clear answer to this question for a number of reasons. It’s trickier still to say which of them are effective at conservation because any number of planning, management and enforcement … Continue reading How Much of Our Ocean Is Protected?