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Marine Conservation Institute Takes a Stand to Support the Atlantic Goliath Grouper

Marine Conservation Institute strongly supports no-take rules for the Atlantic goliath grouper. The Atlantic goliath grouper is a large saltwater fish, the largest of the Atlantic groupers, which can reach up to 8 feet long and can weigh between 500-800 lbs. when fully grown. They typically remain solitary and live in deeper water[i] but, when … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Takes a Stand to Support the Atlantic Goliath Grouper

IMPAC4 Highlights Pt. 2

Because there's so much more to share!

Last week, the marine protected area community came together for the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile. Members of our team were there presenting two of our major marine conservation initiatives, MPAtlas.org and the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). Our friends at OpenChannels provided IMPAC4 live-blog coverage and here are more highlights from the week: Marine Conservation … Continue reading IMPAC4 Highlights Pt. 2

IMPAC4 Highlights Pt. 1

Because Chile's far away.

This week is the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile, and our team’s there connecting with colleagues and sharing some of our major initiatives to help protect the ocean, MPAtlas.org and the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). Our friends at OpenChannels are providing amazing live-blog coverage from the conference and here are … Continue reading IMPAC4 Highlights Pt. 1

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Leslie Cornick

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Leslie Cornick, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Dr. Leslie Cornick is a marine ecologist and vertebrate physiologist with over 20 years’ experience in marine science and conservation, policy, and stakeholder engagement. She taught at Alaska Pacific University … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Leslie Cornick

What it Takes to Become a Global Ocean Refuge

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

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?

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Hixon

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Mark Hixon, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Mark Hixon is an endowed professor of marine biology at the University of Hawai’i. An expert in the ecology and conservation biology of coastal marine fishes, Dr. Hixon has extensive experience with … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Hixon

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Dr. Grorud-Colvert is a marine ecologist and assistant professor in the Integrative Biology Department at Oregon State University and the Director of the Science of Marine Reserves Project. She has studied ocean organisms underwater … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert

Community Support Boosts MPA Success

A primary goal of the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) initiative is to promote Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that succeed in protecting marine biodiversity. An official name and boundaries on a map are a good start, but they are not enough to make an MPA successful. For true protection to happen, an MPA must also … Continue reading Community Support Boosts MPA Success

Promoting Healthy Oceans: The Global Ocean Refuge System

Healthy oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity, yet oceans are severely impacted worldwide by human activities, including overfishing, climate change, industrialization, pollution and habitat destruction. The solution? Marine protected areas (MPAs). “Oceans include about 97% of Earth’s water, offer 99% of the living space on our planet, and provide more than half the … Continue reading Promoting Healthy Oceans: The Global Ocean Refuge System