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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

Marine Conservation Institute Celebrates The Career Of Dr. Elliott Norse

Organization's Founder Who Shaped Marine Conservation

[Seattle, Washington – May 6, 2016] Today, Marine Conservation Institute celebrates the retirement and remarkable career of Dr. Elliott A. Norse, founder of Marine Conservation Institute. After 37+ years of shaping the science and policy of conservation, Dr. Norse will continue as a member of the Board of Directors supporting and guiding Marine Conservation Institute’s … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Celebrates The Career Of Dr. Elliott Norse

Marine Conservation Institute Urges the Preparatory Committee on Sustainable Use and Conservation of Marine Diversity on the High Seas to Include Fully-Protected Areas as a Key Goal of New Agreement

Washington, DC—March 28, 2016—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, urges international negotiators at a United Nation’s committee preparing recommendations for conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity on the high seas to establish a robust process to fully-protect key areas.  Our planet is over 70 percent ocean and life on Earth … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Urges the Preparatory Committee on Sustainable Use and Conservation of Marine Diversity on the High Seas to Include Fully-Protected Areas as a Key Goal of New Agreement

Research Fellow Dr. Sara Maxwell Receives Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship

Seattle, WA—February 25, 2016— Marine Conservation Institute Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University, Dr. Sara Maxwell, is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. Awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 1955, the fellowship honors early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements identify them as the next generation of … Continue reading Research Fellow Dr. Sara Maxwell Receives Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship

Holland America Line Continues to Support Marine Protected Areas Through Partnership with Marine Conservation Institute

The second year of shipboard and shoreside programming adds new MPAs

           Seattle, Wash., Jan 5, 2016 – As part of its “Our Marvelous Oceans” partnership with Marine Conservation Institute, Holland America Line is moving into the second year of featuring programming that highlights and educates guests and crew about marine protected areas around the world. Developed with the team at Marine … Continue reading Holland America Line Continues to Support Marine Protected Areas Through Partnership with Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute Founder Who Shaped Marine Conservation Retires

Seattle, WA—December 17, 2015—Today Marine Conservation Institute Founder and Chief Scientist Dr. Elliott A Norse announces his retirement after 37+ years of shaping the science and policy of conservation. “Happily,” said Marine Conservation Institute President Dr. Lance Morgan, “he will continue to guide the institute as a member of our Board of Directors.  We believe … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Founder Who Shaped Marine Conservation Retires