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Marine Conservation Institute Joins NGOs, Senators and 2.5 Million Commenters in Asking Trump Administration to Protect Marine Monuments

Washington D.C. — Marine Conservation Institute, a marine science organization working on the Pacific marine monuments since 2005 and a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, joins the nonprofit organizations and Senators here today, together with over 2.5 million people* who have submitted comments to the Department of Interior. We … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Joins NGOs, Senators and 2.5 Million Commenters in Asking Trump Administration to Protect Marine Monuments

Marine Conservation Institute Releases Letter from Over 500 Scientists Strongly Supporting Marine Monuments Now Under Government Review

Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Are Proven to Create Healthier Oceans, Larger Fish Populations and Resilience to Climate Change

Washington D.C.— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, today released a letter signed by 535 marine, climate and other scientists who fully support the creation of marine reserves because of the “important role that strongly-protected marine reserves play in conserving marine life and benefiting fish populations.”  In … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Releases Letter from Over 500 Scientists Strongly Supporting Marine Monuments Now Under Government Review

Marine Conservation Institute Says President’s Budget Proposal ‘Tears Holes in Safety Net’ for Ocean Health

Washington D.C.— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, criticized President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal for cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that impact marine sanctuaries and monuments, estuarine reserves, ocean and climate research, and managing protected species. Dr. Lance Morgan, president … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Says President’s Budget Proposal ‘Tears Holes in Safety Net’ for Ocean Health

Marine Conservation Institute Says That Review of Monuments in Executive Order Could Signal Beginning of Slow Attack on Public Lands and Oceans

Washington D.C.— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, denounced the President’s Executive Order to undertake a federal review of land and ocean monuments established by three previous presidents. The new administration’s executive order requiring agencies, like the Department of Interior, to review the last 20 years … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Says That Review of Monuments in Executive Order Could Signal Beginning of Slow Attack on Public Lands and Oceans

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