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GLORES Partner Spotlight: Susan Bird

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Susan Bird, underwater explorer, researcher and avid photographer. As an extension of a successful career as a nationally ranked competitive swimmer, she began diving 1984 and later taught diving in Monterey Bay. She was the president of the Bay Area Underwater Explorers and organizer … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Susan Bird

The Hunt for a Super Coral: Can Cold-Water Corals Adapt to Ocean Acidification?

When most people think of a coral reef they are imagining a sunny tropical beach, but many coral species are actually found in the dark, cold waters of the deep sea1. These corals, commonly known as cold-water corals due to their preference for low temperatures, form beautiful ecosystems that are teeming with life. One of … Continue reading The Hunt for a Super Coral: Can Cold-Water Corals Adapt to Ocean Acidification?

GLORES Partner Spotlight Blog: Joe Platko

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System  (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Joe Platko! Joe Platko is a nature and underwater photographer who currently resides in Monterey, California. He has been published in the New York Times, Huffington Post, British Airways Highlife Magazine, Virgin and The Outbound Collective. His work has also been used by … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight Blog: Joe Platko

Evolutionary Effects: How Marine Reserves Create Cautious Fish

A recent study published in the journal Evolutionary Applications provides new insights into the effectiveness of no-take marine reserves for protecting large pelagic fish. The benefits of marine reserves for migratory and pelagic fish species have long been questioned because these protected areas often only encompass a small fraction of the habitats these fish use … Continue reading Evolutionary Effects: How Marine Reserves Create Cautious Fish

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Dawn Wright and Esri

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), a world-leading geographic information system (GIS) software. Dawn has authored or co-authored more than 150 articles and 10 books on marine GIS, hydrothermal activity and tectonics of mid-ocean ridges, and marine data … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Dawn Wright and Esri

Examining enhanced protection of the marine environment surrounding the Pribilof Island of St. George

Marine Conservation Institute has noted the alarming and ongoing declines in marine mammal populations in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands of Alaska over the last several years. Thus, our team was excited when, in 2016, the people of the Pribilof Island of St. George submitted a nomination to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration … Continue reading Examining enhanced protection of the marine environment surrounding the Pribilof Island of St. George

Trump Dumps the Clean Power Plan and Ocean Life

President Trump’s Executive Order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan is a move that blatantly ignores overwhelming scientific consensus about the immense threats that carbon pollution poses to human and environmental health. The Clean Power Plan, a set of rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address human-caused climate change, is an enormous step in … Continue reading Trump Dumps the Clean Power Plan and Ocean Life

The Blue Vision Summit

Bringing Professionals and Concerned Citizens Together to Save Our Ocean

Just under two years ago I wrote a blog on the 5th Biennial Blue Vision Summit. At the time, I was the Ocean Policy Fellow for Marine Conservation Institute. Two years later I am the Associate Director of Blue Frontier and planning the 6th Blue Vision Summit, a multi-day gathering of U.S. senators, marine professionals, … Continue reading The Blue Vision Summit

What President Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Means for Our Oceans

Today, President Trump released a budget outline for 2018 that has been called “the skinny budget”. Unfortunately, it is just that for most activities other than defense and homeland security. The Department of Commerce, which houses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, would be slimmed down by $1.5 billion or 16%. This probably … Continue reading What President Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Means for Our Oceans

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Sand Cloud Towels

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Sand Cloud Towels! Sand Cloud is a team of 3 best friends that met in college and all share a love for the ocean and beach lifestyle. For them, the beach means freedom, friendship, and communing with nature. They found themselves in the corporate … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Sand Cloud Towels