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The Seychelles’ Giant Step in Ocean Conservation: A Cautious Hope for the Ocean

By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador. On March 26th, President Danny Faure of the Republic of Seychelles formalized a marine spatial plan for the entire exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Seychelles, touting “the legal designation of one-third of [the Seychelles’]  ocean territory, as a marine protected area.”[1] As governments work to make good on … Continue reading The Seychelles’ Giant Step in Ocean Conservation: A Cautious Hope for the Ocean

Mystery in The Deep: How Models Can Help Us Understand the Full Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Featured Picture: A host of squat lobsters and brittle stars adorn a large pair of Paramuricea corals at a depth of 3,200 feet in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Given the depth of the spill, it should not be surprising … Continue reading Mystery in The Deep: How Models Can Help Us Understand the Full Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Who Needs the Deep-Sea, Anyway?

Featured Picture: Life is both weird and beautiful in the deep ocean. Here, a Schaefer’s Anglerfish (Sladenia shaefersi) uses modified fins to walk along the seafloor in search of prey. Photo courtesy of NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   The deep sea is so remote that many people are completely unaware of … Continue reading Who Needs the Deep-Sea, Anyway?

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!