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12 days of Fishmas, Day 2!

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 2!

A Grand Agreement, A Grand Achievement

Nearly 200 nations agree to combat climate change at historic COP21 meeting

From November 30-December 12, 2015, world leaders met in Paris, France for the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate. COP21, as said by President Obama, “could be a ‘turning point’ towards a low-carbon future.” The historic Paris climate agreement established a model for the world to … Continue reading A Grand Agreement, A Grand Achievement

Journey to Extinction

The story of overfished, under-protected and exploited sea creatures

When a species goes extinct, it does so quietly. However, that loss rings loudly throughout the ecosystems and food webs, permanently altering the way other creatures live, including humans. In a world where many people are extraordinarily removed from the plight of the other species that co-exist with us, it’s hard to put into the … Continue reading Journey to Extinction

SDG 14: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Women

A guest blog by Samantha Murray

Our vast, global ocean is a constant reminder of humankind’s fragility and impermanence. A moment at the mercy of a crashing wave demands respect for nature’s strength. A glimpse of a 40-foot humpback whale makes us feel impossibly small on our big, blue planet. And an encounter with a white shark takes us to another time, … Continue reading SDG 14: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Women

A Changing Ocean

How climate change is altering the world’s largest ecosystem

Climate change has had many names and connotations since I first learned about it. Originally, it was taught as “global warming” and the not-so-well understood implications of it seemed too far in the future to be concerned with in the present. In fact, I had many peers who welcomed the idea of a climate a … Continue reading A Changing Ocean

Will Antarctica host two colossal protected areas?

Deciding the future for the world's last great wilderness

Around the globe, marine conservation communities are focused on Antarctica, the world’s last great wilderness. Right now, there are proposals for the creation of marine protected areas in East Antarctica and the Ross Sea under consideration, a combined area of over two million square kilometers of habitat, of peace and of science. A decision is … Continue reading Will Antarctica host two colossal protected areas?

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

A Decade of Creating Large Marine Protected Areas

The Next Decade Requires Faster Pace if we want to Reach International Goals

Across the United States, over 10% of our land has been set aside to protect landscapes and conserve biodiversity. From national parks and monuments, to refuges and wilderness areas, we’ve created an intricate system that provides recreational opportunities, safeguards watersheds, builds climate resiliency and protects critical habitat for endangered and vulnerable species like the desert … Continue reading A Decade of Creating Large Marine Protected Areas

Four ocean animals you probably didn’t know needed protection:

You ‘otter’ sea this!

The ocean is a great wilderness that is largely unexplored. Home to some of the largest, most beautiful and eccentric animals, the lack of protection offered to ocean animals is shocking. As we remove animals from the ocean at an increasing rate, pollute the waters and change the chemistry of the ocean, it appears we … Continue reading Four ocean animals you probably didn’t know needed protection: