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Promoting Healthy Oceans: The Global Ocean Refuge System

Healthy oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity, yet oceans are severely impacted worldwide by human activities, including overfishing, climate change, industrialization, pollution and habitat destruction. The solution? Marine protected areas (MPAs). “Oceans include about 97% of Earth’s water, offer 99% of the living space on our planet, and provide more than half the … Continue reading Promoting Healthy Oceans: The Global Ocean Refuge System

Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Provide Protections from Climate Change

Currently, only 3.5 percent of the ocean is protected [1], and just 1.6 percent has strong protections. This is a far cry from the goal of 10 percent by 2020 under the Convention on Biological Diversity and Sustainable Development, and is even further from the 30 percent recommended by scientists [2]. A paper recently published … Continue reading Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Provide Protections from Climate Change

The evaluations for the inaugural Global Ocean Refuge award nominees are live

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The best way to maintain our oceans’ biological diversity, abundance and resilience is by protecting marine life and their ecosystems through strong and effective marine protected areas. Marine scientists agree that 30% of the ocean needs to be strongly protected. Currently, less than 1% of the ocean is safeguarded in this manner. Many of the … Continue reading The evaluations for the inaugural Global Ocean Refuge award nominees are live

Whales, Seamounts, and Fisherfolk: How Conservation Efforts are Attempting to Tackle a Growing Threat to Marine Life

Hidden beneath the waters off the California coast lies a treasure trove of marine biodiversity. Seamounts, or underwater mountains, are veritable hotspots for a wide variety of undersea critters who call deep-sea ecosystems home. These steep peaks often break up ocean currents, allowing for nutrients to be brought up from deeper waters,[1] supporting an incredible … Continue reading Whales, Seamounts, and Fisherfolk: How Conservation Efforts are Attempting to Tackle a Growing Threat to Marine Life

Trump Abandons the Paris Climate Agreement

The Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement will have devastating consequences for marine life in our oceans. For decades, the ocean has been absorbing excess carbon dioxide that humans release into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. Ocean acidification, warming seawater and sea level rise – all a result of … Continue reading Trump Abandons the Paris Climate Agreement

Trump’s attack on America’s most spectacular natural wonders

President Trump has released two Executive Orders that are a direct attack on America’s most spectacular places on the land and in the sea, currently protected as National Monuments and National Marine Sanctuaries. These public lands and waters define who we are as a nation. The President’s attempt to revoke or shrink our monuments and … Continue reading Trump’s attack on America’s most spectacular natural wonders

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Susan Bird

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Susan Bird, underwater explorer, researcher and avid photographer. As an extension of a successful career as a nationally ranked competitive swimmer, she began diving 1984 and later taught diving in Monterey Bay. She was the president of the Bay Area Underwater Explorers and organizer … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Susan Bird

The Hunt for a Super Coral: Can Cold-Water Corals Adapt to Ocean Acidification?

When most people think of a coral reef they are imagining a sunny tropical beach, but many coral species are actually found in the dark, cold waters of the deep sea1. These corals, commonly known as cold-water corals due to their preference for low temperatures, form beautiful ecosystems that are teeming with life. One of … Continue reading The Hunt for a Super Coral: Can Cold-Water Corals Adapt to Ocean Acidification?

GLORES Partner Spotlight Blog: Joe Platko

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System  (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Joe Platko! Joe Platko is a nature and underwater photographer who currently resides in Monterey, California. He has been published in the New York Times, Huffington Post, British Airways Highlife Magazine, Virgin and The Outbound Collective. His work has also been used by … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight Blog: Joe Platko

Evolutionary Effects: How Marine Reserves Create Cautious Fish

A recent study published in the journal Evolutionary Applications provides new insights into the effectiveness of no-take marine reserves for protecting large pelagic fish. The benefits of marine reserves for migratory and pelagic fish species have long been questioned because these protected areas often only encompass a small fraction of the habitats these fish use … Continue reading Evolutionary Effects: How Marine Reserves Create Cautious Fish