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The Ocean Protection Calculator

Here at MPAtlas.org we often get asked how much of the ocean would be protected as a result of various proposed and promised marine protected areas (MPAs). In order to help visitors to MPAtlas.org see the results for themselves, we’ve created the Ocean Protection Calculator. As you can see from the tool below, it is … Continue reading The Ocean Protection Calculator

Establishing a MPA is Sometimes More Than Just a Family (National) Affair

Disputed Conservation in the South China Sea

In an effort to achieve the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) goal of strongly protecting at least 30% of our ocean by 2030 to sufficiently “protect biodiversity, preserve ecosystem services, and achieve socioeconomic priorities,” many countries have ramped up their efforts to designate more marine protected areas (MPAs). Following this trend, Philippines’ … Continue reading Establishing a MPA is Sometimes More Than Just a Family (National) Affair

Top 6 Ocean Highlights of 2016

Over one million square miles of global ocean were protected in 2016! Here are our 6 favorite new protected areas!   1. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Expansion President Obama expanded this marine monument from 139,818 to 582,578 square miles, making it the world’s largest protected area at the time. Papahānaumokuākea is home to more than … Continue reading Top 6 Ocean Highlights of 2016

A Tale of Two Cold-Water Coral Reefs

Human industrial and agricultural activity has released massive quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) into our atmosphere, with significant effects on our climate and oceans. About one-third of this atmospheric CO2 is absorbed by our oceans1, where it chemically interacts with seawater to reduce its pH – a scale that measures how acidic (lower pH values) … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cold-Water Coral Reefs

Celebrating the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area!

This week we celebrate habitat protections for deep-sea corals along the Atlantic coastline, named in honor of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.  Nearly 40,000 sq mi of the seafloor are now off limits to fishing gears that can damage these ancient and fragile critters. Marine Conservation Institute has been working to protect deep-sea corals for … Continue reading Celebrating the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area!

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Joakim Odelberg

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System Partner Spotlight on Joakim Odelberg! Joakim is one of the most contracted and respected photographers/filmers/underwater filmmakers in Sweden. His devotion to nature, both on land and in the sea, has reached beyond Swedish borders. He is frequently booked for lectures in Sweden and around the world. … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Joakim Odelberg

Gaining Momentum Towards Representative Marine Protection

Reviewing Aichi Target 11 goals

Great leaps in ocean conservation occurred recently after announcements of new protections were made at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and Our Ocean conference. Marine protected areas (MPAs) of all scales were created, from the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a staggering 582,578 square miles in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the creation of … Continue reading Gaining Momentum Towards Representative Marine Protection

Marine Conservation Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Marine Conservation Institute’s 20th-anniversary celebration was a fantastic event. We were so excited to welcome everyone to our 20th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco’s gorgeous General’s Residence at Fort Mason. The younger generations representing Heirs To Our Oceans and Racing with Copepods stole people’s hearts throughout the evening and were “over the moon” to learn about … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Scuba Diving Our Way to a Blue Planet

This blog was originally published by SCUBAverse. From underwater mountains larger than any on land, to tropical reefs home to thousands of species, the ocean holds unparalleled beauty. Marine protected areas (MPAs) safeguard life in the sea by managing human visitation and consumption. While some types of MPAs have strict protections and are no-go areas, … Continue reading Scuba Diving Our Way to a Blue Planet

The deep sea holds secrets that need our protection

Deep sea environments have always been fascinating and mysterious to me. As a child, I would stay awake at night flipping through pages of Cousteau’s The Ocean World trying to understand how I could possibly experience and understand all that the ocean held. My children now flip through the pages of that same book with … Continue reading The deep sea holds secrets that need our protection