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Marine Conservation Institute Asks Climate Negotiators at COP21 in Paris to Remember the Big Blue Sea

Because Oceans Matter

Washington, DC—December 02, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, asks climate negotiators at COP21 in Paris to remember that our planet is mostly ocean and that life on Earth depends on maintaining a healthy ocean. While there will be much discussion of keeping carbon emissions low enough to cap the rise of … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Asks Climate Negotiators at COP21 in Paris to Remember the Big Blue Sea

Marine Conservation Institute Releases Powerful Video Describing the Global Ocean Refuge System

After Concluding an International Workshop on Marine Protected Area Collaboration

Washington, DC—November 12, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, successfully concluded its Global Marine Protected Area Partner Summit in California last week with marine scientists and policy makers from around the world. Today, it released a short video on the initiative under discussion at the Summit for a global ocean refuge system…
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Marine Conservation Institute Applauds Final Passage of the Pirate Fishing Bill (HR. 774);

US Joins Other Nations Fighting Against the International Crime of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing

Washington, DC—October 22, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Brian Schatz –who introduced the pirate fishing bill in May 2015—and other cosponsors for making passage of the pirate fishing bill (HR 774) a bipartisan priority that passed the Senate last night. The legislation greatly strengthens … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds Final Passage of the Pirate Fishing Bill (HR. 774);

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds New Marine Protected Areas Announced at Our Oceans Conference Today

Several Large Marine Protected Areas Added to the Roster in Valparaiso, Chile Create Progress Towards Global Goals

SEATTLE — Today, at the Our Oceans Conference in Valparaiso, Chile, several counties announced new commitments to highly protected marine areas and moved other commitments to confirmed or designated status. The United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Chile were among the countries making these commitments to strongly protect areas around the Pitcairn Islands, the Kermadec Islands, … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds New Marine Protected Areas Announced at Our Oceans Conference Today

New Habitat Protections Will Help Hawaiian Monk Seals Avoid Extinction

HONOLULU— The National Marine Fisheries Service today issued a final rule protecting almost 7,000 square miles of critical habitat for Hawaiian monk seals, among the world’s most endangered marine mammals. The ruling requires greater scrutiny of federally funded or permitted projects along coastal areas on the main Hawaiian Islands to protect this native monk seal, … Continue reading New Habitat Protections Will Help Hawaiian Monk Seals Avoid Extinction

California, Oregon and Florida Lead in Strongly Protecting Marine Ecosystems; Remaining US States Lag in Conservation Efforts

Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates 2015—An Annual Report Card on How Well States Are Protecting Their Coastal Waters

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the world’s oceans, released its annual SeaStates 2015 report today at the 2015 Esri User Conference. This year’s report on no-take marine reserves in the waters of US coastal states and territories uncovers an unfortunate truth: in the last year, there was no increase in … Continue reading California, Oregon and Florida Lead in Strongly Protecting Marine Ecosystems; Remaining US States Lag in Conservation Efforts

New Paper Concludes Marine Reserves are the Quickest, Least Expensive and Lowest Risk Option for Mitigating Climate Change Impacts on Deep-Sea Coral Reefs

Supports the Need for the Global Ocean Refuge System

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, announced an important paper published in today’s issue of Nature Climate Change titled “Options for Managing Impacts of Climate Change on a Deep-Sea Community.” The paper presents new research indicating Southeastern Australia’s deep-sea coral reefs are likely to be severely degraded by the combination of rising … Continue reading New Paper Concludes Marine Reserves are the Quickest, Least Expensive and Lowest Risk Option for Mitigating Climate Change Impacts on Deep-Sea Coral Reefs

Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (S. 1334) in Senate Commerce Committee

And Asks Both Houses of Congress to Quickly Pass This Bipartisan Legislation

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Senator Lisa Murkowski and a group of cosponsors for marking up S. 1334, a bill to strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and implement several fishery treaties. With four diverse cosponsors, this bill has proved that important ocean problems like pirate … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (S. 1334) in Senate Commerce Committee

Global Ocean Refuge System Experiences Strong Momentum and Continues to Seek Additional Support

The Initiative, Led by Marine Conservation Institute, is a Scientific and Systematic Way to Save Marine Life from Extinction

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today announced significant progress on its priority initiative, the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”). GLORES will catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030, enough to avert mass extinction of marine … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge System Experiences Strong Momentum and Continues to Seek Additional Support

Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (H.R. 774) in House Natural Resources Committee

And Asks Both Houses of Congress to Quickly Pass This Bipartisan Legislation

Washington, DC—April 30, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Delegate Madeline Bordallo, R (Guam), Representative Don Young, R (AK), Chairman Rob Bishop, R (UT), and a group of bipartisan cosponsors for making this a bipartisan priority and marking up H.R. 774, the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Commends Successful Mark Up of the Pirate Fishing Bill (H.R. 774) in House Natural Resources Committee