First discovered in the 1950’s but only recently explored, Pulley Ridge is an underwater dreamland about 100 miles off the Southwest coast of Florida. Marine Conservation Institute became interested in this series of drowned islands with the deepest known photosynthetic coral in US waters when we did our Gulf Gems report on the most biologically … Continue reading Explorers at sea: Pulley Ridge and Tortugas research cruise (Part Two)
First discovered in the 1950’s but only recently explored, Pulley Ridge is an underwater dreamland about 100 miles off the Southwest coast of Florida. Marine Conservation Institute became interested in this series of drowned islands with the deepest known photosynthetic coral in US waters when we did our Gulf Gems report on the most biologically … Continue reading Explorers at sea: Pulley Ridge and Tortugas research cruise
We are pleased to share our publication ‘The Future of Marine Conservation: Local and Global Perspective’. The report comes from our successful workshop last year at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the meeting was hosted by the Geography Department of MUN, Too Big Too Ignore – Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research and Marine Conservation Institute. … Continue reading The Future of Marine Conservation: Local and Global Perspective
One of the questions I am asked most frequently is how much of the ocean do we need to protect? I often reflect philosophically on the response from Dr. Sylvia Earle (Marine Conservation Institute Board Member, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, and Mission Blue founder), “More than half the world is ocean, the blue heart of … Continue reading How Much is Enough?
Marine Conservation Institute is dedicated to securing permanent, strong protection for the oceans’ most important places by using the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world, identifying key threats to areas in the sea and building workable solutions for those areas. Our fellows work alongside our dedicated scientists, policy analysts and conservation advocates … Continue reading Where are they now?
Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s declaration to strongly protect a vast area of important marine habitat surrounding the Galápagos Islands, the source of inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This decision protects an unparalleled legacy of marine life and ocean habitat for generations to come. While there have been … Continue reading Green Light in the Galápagos
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
On January 19th a delegation of Chinese government officials from the State Oceanic Administration visited the Washington, DC office of Marine Conservation Institute to discuss marine protected area policy, fishery management and pirate fishing. Mike Gravitz, director of the Washington, DC office hosted the visitors and Beth Pike, conservation scientist, gave them a remote demonstration … Continue reading Delegation from the Chinese State Oceanic Administration Visits Marine Conservation Institute Office to Discuss Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas
The ocean is home to some of the world’s most astounding creatures, ecosystems and phenomena. From the breathtaking seascapes of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the haunting backdrop of the polar icecaps, the ocean supports a staggeringly high level of biodiversity. This biodiversity is what sustains us; from shellfish industries that support coastal economies … Continue reading How can marine protected areas save our oceans from climate change?
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!