Big Blue Blog Articles

Planet at a Crossroads

On a Path to Protecting 30% of the Ocean

“Planet at a Crossroads” was the theme that guided the dialog of over 9,000 conservationists last week at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress. For ten intensive days, attendees collaboratively discussed the issues of their respective fields, energized by the rare opportunity to work as a global community to address … Continue reading Planet at a Crossroads

An ocean of concern as the G7 nations prepare to meet

What are these nations doing to conserve biodiversity with marine protected areas?

When leaders of the world’s seven most industrialized nations meet in Japan May 26-27 their decisions on key issues- such as how to energize a frail global economy and restrain the spread of terrorism- will likely capture the news headlines. But the leaders of the United States, Canada, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, … Continue reading An ocean of concern as the G7 nations prepare to meet

On The Road To Ending Illegal Fishing

How can you tell the difference between a fish caught illegally versus legally when at the supermarket or selecting your dinner at a restaurant? You can’t. The US imports approximately $2 billion a year in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) seafood, currently indistinguishable from its legal counterpart. These imports perpetuate overfishing and destructive practices around … Continue reading On The Road To Ending Illegal Fishing

12 Days of Fishmas, Day 12!

Celebrating the epic marine protection progress of 2015

Marine Conservation Institute has a lot to celebrate this holiday season as 2015 comes to a close. This year saw more area of the planet protected than any other time in history.  In 2015,  implemented marine protection increased by nearly 300,000 square kilometers and proposed marine protection increased by about 2.4 million square kilometers. In … Continue reading 12 Days of Fishmas, Day 12!

Big Blue Blog about BLOBS in the Big Blue

The BLOB, a large mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean along the West Coast of the US, has risen to the ranks of “household name” for many affected by its presence.  The BLOB resulted from a persistent ridge of high pressure over the eastern pacific which suppressed winds and storms that normally cool … Continue reading Big Blue Blog about BLOBS in the Big Blue

Celebrating Our Ocean 2015 Meeting

1.9 million square kilometers protected in 48 hours!

What do you get when you put 500 ocean leaders, conservationists and stakeholders from over 56 countries in a room together? Progress. Eighty new initiatives on marine conservation and protection- valued at over US$2.1 billion- were announced during the second Our Ocean Conference, held in Valparaiso, Chile earlier this week. Marine Conservation Institute’s MPAtlas.org team … Continue reading Celebrating Our Ocean 2015 Meeting

Developing the Map to Save the Seas; Coming to You in 3-D!

The global ocean is a big place, covering nearly 71% of our planet, and is essential to life on earth. From providing the oxygen we breathe to regulating the climate we need to survive, healthy oceans are critical to the future of humankind. Yet humans know more about the moon than we do about our … Continue reading Developing the Map to Save the Seas; Coming to You in 3-D!

Big Blue Blog: Did I just find your toothbrush…in the ocean?!

A Sea of Marine Debris

From shower gel to food packaging, plastic is globally pervasive. We are now finding our plastic waste in places we never intended, such as our oceans. A recent study published in Science estimates that, in 2010, between 10.5 and 28 billion pounds of plastic entered the oceans. That’s equivalent to five plastic grocery bags filled … Continue reading Big Blue Blog: Did I just find your toothbrush…in the ocean?!

Costco is Taking Action to Redefine the Seafood Retail Industry

Thoughts on the 2020 Vision

Our oceans are in crisis. From overfishing to pollution, our actions have jeopardized the vital benefits we receive from the oceans. Scientists agree we are on a trajectory toward collapse in many of the world’s fisheries if we do not act now. How can we restore balance in the seas? Shaping up the seafood retail … Continue reading Costco is Taking Action to Redefine the Seafood Retail Industry

The Big Blue Blog: The Plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal

The warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands are home to one of the planet’s most spectacular displays of marine life. From spinner dolphins to manta rays, humpback whales to green sea turtles, the islands are important habitat for rare and threatened species that have called this part of the world “home” for millions of years. … Continue reading The Big Blue Blog: The Plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal