On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

MARCH FOR THE OCEAN

Why should you March For The Ocean on June 9? How will that help ocean ecosystems threatened by overfishing, climate change, plastic pollution and other issues? How can marches with even a hundred thousand people in over a dozen cities support healthier oceans? I often ask myself this question when an organization suggests a public … Continue reading MARCH FOR THE OCEAN

Seagrass: More than Meets the Eye

By Jessica Knoth, Marine Conservation Institute Intern & Photographer Underwater forests and meadows are not so different from their terrestrial cousins. In place of deer and small critters, fish dart among the submerged grass. Seals glide through the water, much like bears patrolling the woods, and kelp sways overhead instead of evergreens. Just as terrestrial plants … Continue reading Seagrass: More than Meets the Eye

Ocean Protection Accelerates

With World Oceans Day just around the corner, we’re thrilled to announce a new ocean protection program – the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Accelerator! Through working with environmental organizations, community leaders and governments, the Accelerator program helps ensure that new marine protected areas (MPAs) meet science-based standards to save ocean wildlife.     Our … Continue reading Ocean Protection Accelerates

Status Watch: How Well Are Coral Reefs Protected Around the World?

Tropical coral reefs are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. Often called the ‘rainforests’ of our oceans, coral reefs host incredible levels of biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services that many organisms – including humans – rely on. Globally, coral reefs cover less than 0.1% of our seafloor, but provide … Continue reading Status Watch: How Well Are Coral Reefs Protected Around the World?

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Laurence McCook

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Laurence McCook, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Laurence McCook works in science-based management and conservation of marine ecosystems, especially coral reefs. He is Senior Advisor to the Marine Program of Conservation International Indonesia and … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Laurence McCook

“A Beautiful Gem in the South Pacific”: Scientists on Rose Atoll

Rose Atoll is a pink jewel on the South Pacific blue horizon. Though its emergent reefs and islands cover just around 20 acres, it carries meaning well beyond what we see: as the southernmost point in the U.S. through American Samoa, as the centerpiece of a federally-protected Marine National Monument and National Wildlife Refuge, and … Continue reading “A Beautiful Gem in the South Pacific”: Scientists on Rose Atoll

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee and Too Big To Ignore

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council, and her project, Too Big To Ignore! Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee is a professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada. She … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee and Too Big To Ignore

Expedition Planning 101 – How Models Can Help Guide Deep-Sea Exploration

In May 2018, a joint Marine Conservation Institute and Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) expedition will probe the deep seafloor within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to an astonishing diversity of cold-water corals and sponges that build crucial habitat for a large number of fish and invertebrate species (e.g., … Continue reading Expedition Planning 101 – How Models Can Help Guide Deep-Sea Exploration

5 Reasons Seamounts Matter

Seamounts are underwater mountains that rise from the seabed. Because most of the world’s seafloor is a muddy plain, seamounts are special deep-sea features that support unique creatures. Seamounts can arise along mid-ocean ridges, as isolated landmarks, or as volcanoes in chains and clusters. Off California, several seamounts were ancient islands that only went under … Continue reading 5 Reasons Seamounts Matter

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Turtle Island Restoration Network

We are very excited to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Turtle Island Restoration Network! Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) works to mobilize people in local communities around the world to protect marine wildlife and the oceans and inland watersheds that sustain them. The TIRN team accomplishes their mission through grassroots … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Turtle Island Restoration Network