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Fun Online Ocean Activities while Staying Home

Like you, many of our staff are sheltering at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy!   While we all deal with these very challenging times, we asked our staff to recommend ocean related activities that everyone in the house can participate in. Whether … Continue reading Fun Online Ocean Activities while Staying Home

Malpelo: A Blue Park Exploding with Life

Featured Picture: Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of Ramón Pulido. By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador.   Surrounded by mangroves that grow on low-lying islands and the mainland coast, the Port of Buenaventura bustles with activity—it’s a gateway to that largest of oceans, the Pacific, and the diverse wildlife that calls the Colombian Pacific … Continue reading Malpelo: A Blue Park Exploding with Life

The Role of Marine Protected Areas in the Fight Against Climate Change

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a nature-based solution to climate change mitigation, resilience, and adaptation.

Recently, Amazon CEO and the world’s wealthiest person, Jeff Bezos, pledged $10 billion to fight climate change, which he referred to as “the biggest threat to our planet,” via the creation of the Bezos Earth Fund. The vast opportunities created by such large philanthropic initiatives prompt thoughtful deliberation about the necessary actions to minimize and … Continue reading The Role of Marine Protected Areas in the Fight Against Climate Change

Frontrunners in Global Marine Protection

Top 10 Countries by Marine Protected Area Coverage

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a vital tool for conserving marine biodiversity and ocean health in the face of human-caused threats, such as habitat destruction, overfishing, and climate change. They provide a wide range of benefits, such as increasing biodiversity and biomass, protecting endangered species, recovering overfished populations and sequestering carbon, justifying their inclusion as … Continue reading Frontrunners in Global Marine Protection

Let Them Eat Fish?

Featured Picture: A rockfish searches for a place to hide off the coast of Southern California. Photo courtesy of NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   The next time you order fish at a restaurant, pull out your phone for a second and research where it might have come from (Monterey Bay Aquarium’s … Continue reading Let Them Eat Fish?

2020 is Here – Will We Meet Global Conservation Targets for Marine Protected Areas?

Only ~2.5% of the ocean is "highly" protected

Measuring Progress Toward Marine Conservation Goals 2020 is finally here. It’s a date that looms large in the fight to save the planet. This year marks the deadline for reaching the global target for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), to protect 10% of the world’s coastal and … Continue reading 2020 is Here – Will We Meet Global Conservation Targets for Marine Protected Areas?

Nominate a deserving MPA for a 2020 Blue Park Award!

Featured Picture: 2019 Blue Park Awardees. By Christina Hoenow, Blue Parks Intern   If you have followed our work here at Marine Conservation Institute, you will know that we are incredibly proud of our Blue Parks. You may have wondered how exactly these Blue Parks become Blue Parks.   What are the Blue Park Awards? The … Continue reading Nominate a deserving MPA for a 2020 Blue Park Award!

20 Ocean Places for Your 2020 Bucket List

To get 2020 off to a bang we thought we would provide you with some suggestions of places that you should know more about. These are some of the very best protected areas in the ocean or areas deserving stronger protection. They all need your support. Not every place thrives with human access, and some … Continue reading 20 Ocean Places for Your 2020 Bucket List

U.S. SeaStates 2019: Marine Protection in America’s Ocean Areas

As we approach 2020, we see little change in marine protected areas (MPAs) in United States waters. At the end of 2019, 23.1% of U.S. waters are in strongly protected areas. 1.3% of state waters are strongly protected, compared to 23.9% of federal waters. These numbers are unchanged since the administration change in 2017.  Despite lack of progress, based on numbers alone, the U.S. has achieved and exceeded protecting 10% of … Continue reading U.S. SeaStates 2019: Marine Protection in America’s Ocean Areas

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Conservation success and replication in the Sea of Cortez

Featured Pic: The jacks in Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico. Image courtesy of Octavio Aburto. By Dr. Sarah Hameed, Blue Parks Director at Marine Conservation Institute Swimming alongside a massive swirling sphere of jacks, I pretend for a moment, that I’m a fish. And if I were a fish, I’d want to live right here in Cabo Pulmo … Continue reading Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Conservation success and replication in the Sea of Cortez