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Marine Conservation Institute Announces Ocean Experts Joining the Global Ocean Refuge System Science Council

Seattle, WA—April 19, 2017—Marine Conservation Institute announced today the members of the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Science Council. The interdisciplinary Science Council is comprised of 23 renowned marine scientists with broad geographic and technical expertise in marine protected areas (MPAs). The Science Council will be responsible for maintaining science-based criteria for Global Ocean Refuges … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Announces Ocean Experts Joining the Global Ocean Refuge System Science Council

United Nations General Assembly Calls on High Seas Fishing Nations to Redouble Their Efforts to Protect Deep-Sea Biodiversity

New York – The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution yesterday calling on countries to redouble their efforts to protect deep-ocean species and ecosystems from the destructive impacts of deep-sea fishing. The resolution was adopted following a ten-year review of the implementation of landmark UN resolutions committing high-seas fishing nations to stop damaging vulnerable … Continue reading United Nations General Assembly Calls on High Seas Fishing Nations to Redouble Their Efforts to Protect Deep-Sea Biodiversity

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds U.S. Progress Towards International Marine Conservation Targets Under the Leadership of President Barack Obama

SeaStates 2016

Seattle, WA—In a report released today, Marine Conservation Institute highlights that the U.S. has strongly protected 23% of all federal and state waters in marine reserves (over 1,087,000 sq mi), nearly double the 632,300 sq mi – or 13%– strongly protected as of 2015. The SeaStates 2016 report is a rigorous, quantitative accounting of strongly … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds U.S. Progress Towards International Marine Conservation Targets Under the Leadership of President Barack Obama

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds International Cooperation to Protect the Healthiest Marine Ecosystem on Earth

For Immediate Release Seattle, WA—Marine Conservation Institute applauds the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources’ (CCAMLR) unanimous decision to designate a marine protected area (MPA) in the Ross Sea. Once the new protection goes into effect on December 1, 2017, it will be the largest protected area on the planet at 598,000 square … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds International Cooperation to Protect the Healthiest Marine Ecosystem on Earth

Marine Conservation Institute Announces Burgess Raby Has Joined Its Board of Directors

Seattle, WA (October 6, 2016) — Marine Conservation Institute announced that Burgess Raby has joined its Board of Directors. Burgess is an attorney in Tempe, Arizona, with a practice focused on representing international businesses and investors, particularly with respect to tax matters.  He also is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona James E. … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Announces Burgess Raby Has Joined Its Board of Directors

Marine Conservation Institute Announces Commitment at Our Oceans 2016 Conference for Global Ocean Refuge System’s Initial MPA Status Awards

Washington DC— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most significant places, announced its commitment at Our Oceans 2016 today to review at least ten protected areas for the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) status in the next twelve months. GLORES is a strategic, science-based initiative to safeguard 30% of … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Announces Commitment at Our Oceans 2016 Conference for Global Ocean Refuge System’s Initial MPA Status Awards

IUCN World Conservation Congress Passes Motion to Protect 30% of Ocean by 2030 by Large Margin

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds IUCN Action Adopting Much Needed Ocean Protection Vision

  Honolulu, Hawaii— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the world’s oceans, applauds the nations and organizations at the IUCN World Conservation Congress for approving a motion (Motion #53) that urges world leaders to protect 30% of the planet’s oceans by 2030. A week after President Obama visited Midway Atoll and … Continue reading IUCN World Conservation Congress Passes Motion to Protect 30% of Ocean by 2030 by Large Margin

Marine Conservation Institute Announces Catherine Yrisarri Has Joined Its Board of Directors

Seattle, WA (August 25, 2016) — Marine Conservation Institute announced that Catherine Yrisarri has joined its Board of Directors. As a journalist, Catherine Yrisarri has worked with some of the top visionaries, organizations and companies around the world where she has editorially and creatively crafted documentaries and international series exploring politics, climate change, conservation and most recently the faith-based documentary Belief … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Announces Catherine Yrisarri Has Joined Its Board of Directors

California’s Ancient Islands May Receive Additional Protections

Congressman takes groundbreaking step to safeguard deep-sea treasures off California

CALIFORNIA — Congressman Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have introduced landmark legislation to safeguard a series of underwater mountains and the marine wildlife they support in the deep sea off California. Known as “seamounts,” these extraordinary places are highly productive ‘oases’ in the deep sea. Off California, seamounts support rare deep‐water corals and … Continue reading California’s Ancient Islands May Receive Additional Protections

North America is failing to make a splash on conservation of marine protected areas; progress is minimal

[Ottawa, Canada  &  Seattle, US] – In the first ever joint assessment of progress on marine protected areas (MPAs) in North America, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Marine Conservation Institute (MCI) find that Canada, Mexico and the USA have a long way to go to collectively and individually reach international and national … Continue reading North America is failing to make a splash on conservation of marine protected areas; progress is minimal