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Deep But Not Deserted – Exploring Deep-Sea Ecosystems Off the California Coast

Feature Pic: A yellowtail rockfish swims past a pink landscape dominated by strawberry anemones and hydrocorals on Cordell Bank. Photo: MARE and NOAA In July 2018, Marine Conservation Institute staff scientist Samuel Georgian stepped on board the NOAA research vessel Bell M. Shimada, beginning a two-week expedition to explore deep-water coral and sponge habitats off … Continue reading Deep But Not Deserted – Exploring Deep-Sea Ecosystems Off the California Coast

Kelp Forests: Towering Coastal Wonders

By Siobhan Murphy, Marine Conservation Institute Communications Intern In our exploration of blue carbon so far, we’ve swum through dense mangrove forests and snorkeled over swaying seagrass meadows. Now, let’s head to cooler waters. Grab your wetsuit and dive with us into a towering kelp forest!     Kelps are large, typically brown seaweeds, of … Continue reading Kelp Forests: Towering Coastal Wonders

High Seas History in the Making

UN Talks on Protecting Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Begin

Feature Pic: Elias Levy World leaders may soon make history for ocean wildlife. After more than a decade of halting progress, a UN Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) is convening for the next 10 days to negotiate a treaty to protect biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), also known as the high seas. An agreement would … Continue reading High Seas History in the Making

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Global Ocean Trust

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Global Ocean Trust! Global Ocean Trust (GOT) focuses on finding innovative finance mechanisms for better ocean governance and promotes science-based solutions to ocean issues. GOT works through international partnerships to establish marine protected areas representing diverse ecosystems around the globe. GOT helps … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Global Ocean Trust

Why Marine Conservation Institute Matters

By Cantlen Forni, Marine Conservation Institute Development Intern Young people are the future and we control how we want to manage and protect our oceans. Being a millennial, I have personally seen the effects of pollution and human carelessness on our ocean. I chose to assist Marine Conservation Institute this summer because they take action to … Continue reading Why Marine Conservation Institute Matters

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Pacific Environment

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Pacific Environment! Pacific Environment protects people, wildlife, and ecosystems by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities, and shaping international policies. In its fight for healthy oceans, the organization leads international campaigns and collaborates with local communities to establish marine protected areas and sensible … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Pacific Environment

The Summer Ocean Party Makes a Splash

Thank you to everyone that supported our first-ever Summer Ocean Party with Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) and Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the evening was a great success! The focus of the party was our long-standing work to stop bottom trawling and protect deep-sea corals and sponges. They are some of the oldest living animals … Continue reading The Summer Ocean Party Makes a Splash

Six Amazing Shark Species You Can See in GLORES Award-Winners Malpelo and Tubbataha

Feature Photo: Santiago Estrada, courtesy of Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia   For 30 years, Shark Week has garnered widespread attention for its focus on our ocean’s most iconic predators. Though its programming can be more sensational than science based, Shark Week brings these incredible animals home for millions of Americans. And sharks need our attention … Continue reading Six Amazing Shark Species You Can See in GLORES Award-Winners Malpelo and Tubbataha

GLORES Partner Spotlight: SkyTruth

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on SkyTruth! SkyTruth uses the view from space to motivate people to protect the environment. They utilize technology to identify and monitor threats to the planet’s natural resources such as offshore drilling and oil spills, urban sprawl, fracking, mountaintop removal mining, … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: SkyTruth

Announcing the 2018 GLORES Award Nominees

Feature Image, pics clockwise from top left: Alexandra Rose, Alberto Romeo, Winfried Bruenken, Piotr Zurek, Coimbra68, Jakob Owens   Leading marine scientists recommend managing 30% of the ocean  in strong, no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) to ensure healthy oceans. Our Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) initiative works towards that 30% goal through setting clear, science-based standards for effective ocean … Continue reading Announcing the 2018 GLORES Award Nominees