The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) is designed to incentivize strong protection of life in the sea by providing recognition to marine protected areas (MPAs) that are effectively safeguarding marine wildlife according to science-based standards. But how do we identify the good MPAs? A considerable body of scientific literature has focused on identifying protected area … Continue reading What it Takes to Become a Global Ocean Refuge
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?
Well-regulated and well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) established in biologically significant places benefit marine wildlife . One lingering question, however, has been about the value of MPAs for conserving highly-mobile species, like sharks, that move easily across their boundaries. Robust shark populations are necessary to keep marine ecosystems healthy, and many shark populations are threatened … Continue reading Conserving shark populations
Scientists from academic institutions, NGOs, and government agencies huddled in twos and threes over papers, pens, and laptops. While we worked in a windowless room, our minds were in the salty sea. Two old friends studied the regulations and enforcement in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, feeding ground to a myriad of whales, seals, sharks … Continue reading Employing science to safeguard marine life with GLORES