On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Leslie Cornick

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Leslie Cornick, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Dr. Leslie Cornick is a marine ecologist and vertebrate physiologist with over 20 years’ experience in marine science and conservation, policy, and stakeholder engagement. She taught at Alaska Pacific University … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Leslie Cornick

Marine Conservation Institute Critical of Secretary of Interior Zinke’s Review of Marine National Monuments

[Seattle, WA] Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke today submitted undisclosed recommendations to the White House on the fate of two dozen land and marine monuments culminating a process begun in April when President Trump issued Executive Order 13792. The unprecedented review questioned the validity and need for 21 land monuments and 5 marine monuments created … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Critical of Secretary of Interior Zinke’s Review of Marine National Monuments

What it Takes to Become a Global Ocean Refuge

The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) is designed to incentivize strong protection of life in the sea by providing recognition to marine protected areas (MPAs) that are effectively safeguarding marine wildlife according to science-based standards. But how do we identify the good MPAs? A considerable body of scientific literature has focused on identifying protected area … Continue reading What it Takes to Become a Global Ocean Refuge

Analysis shows overwhelming public support for marine monuments and sanctuaries

More than 99% of comments support the marine monuments & sanctuaries

[Washington, DC]  An analysis of public comments on the fate of U.S. marine monuments and sanctuaries found over 99% of Americans supporting one or all of those blue parks. Following a 45-day public comment period in which over 53,000 official comments were filed with the Department of Commerce concerning the creation or expansion of five … Continue reading Analysis shows overwhelming public support for marine monuments and sanctuaries

How to Protect the Living Ocean?

Get people to talk to each other (at IMPAC4 in Chile this September)

We are packing up our bags, computers, maps, and brochures and flying to Chile. No, we are not fleeing the current political regime in the U.S. We are going to the beachside city of La Serena-Coquimbo for the 4th International Congress of Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC4). Every four years, the global conservation community gathers at … Continue reading How to Protect the Living Ocean?

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Hixon

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Mark Hixon, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Mark Hixon is an endowed professor of marine biology at the University of Hawai’i. An expert in the ecology and conservation biology of coastal marine fishes, Dr. Hixon has extensive experience with … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Hixon

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Dr. Grorud-Colvert is a marine ecologist and assistant professor in the Integrative Biology Department at Oregon State University and the Director of the Science of Marine Reserves Project. She has studied ocean organisms underwater … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert

Community Support Boosts MPA Success

A primary goal of the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) initiative is to promote Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that succeed in protecting marine biodiversity. An official name and boundaries on a map are a good start, but they are not enough to make an MPA successful. For true protection to happen, an MPA must also … Continue reading Community Support Boosts MPA Success

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds Bipartisan Hearing on Marine Debris Problems and Solutions

Washington D.C.— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, applauds the bipartisan hearing today in the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard headed by Senators Dan Sullivan, (R-AK) and Gary Peters, (D-MI). Witnesses from the U.S. State Department and the National Oceanic … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds Bipartisan Hearing on Marine Debris Problems and Solutions

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