On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

A Grand Agreement, A Grand Achievement

Nearly 200 nations agree to combat climate change at historic COP21 meeting

From November 30-December 12, 2015, world leaders met in Paris, France for the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate. COP21, as said by President Obama, “could be a ‘turning point’ towards a low-carbon future.” The historic Paris climate agreement established a model for the world to … Continue reading A Grand Agreement, A Grand Achievement

Journey to Extinction

The story of overfished, under-protected and exploited sea creatures

When a species goes extinct, it does so quietly. However, that loss rings loudly throughout the ecosystems and food webs, permanently altering the way other creatures live, including humans. In a world where many people are extraordinarily removed from the plight of the other species that co-exist with us, it’s hard to put into the … Continue reading Journey to Extinction

SDG 14: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Women

A guest blog by Samantha Murray

Our vast, global ocean is a constant reminder of humankind’s fragility and impermanence. A moment at the mercy of a crashing wave demands respect for nature’s strength. A glimpse of a 40-foot humpback whale makes us feel impossibly small on our big, blue planet. And an encounter with a white shark takes us to another time, … Continue reading SDG 14: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Women

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

A Changing Ocean

How climate change is altering the world’s largest ecosystem

Climate change has had many names and connotations since I first learned about it. Originally, it was taught as “global warming” and the not-so-well understood implications of it seemed too far in the future to be concerned with in the present. In fact, I had many peers who welcomed the idea of a climate a … Continue reading A Changing Ocean

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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Will Antarctica host two colossal protected areas?

Deciding the future for the world's last great wilderness

Around the globe, marine conservation communities are focused on Antarctica, the world’s last great wilderness. Right now, there are proposals for the creation of marine protected areas in East Antarctica and the Ross Sea under consideration, a combined area of over two million square kilometers of habitat, of peace and of science. A decision is … Continue reading Will Antarctica host two colossal protected areas?

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);

Big Blue Blog about BLOBS in the Big Blue

The BLOB, a large mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean along the West Coast of the US, has risen to the ranks of “household name” for many affected by its presence.  The BLOB resulted from a persistent ridge of high pressure over the eastern pacific which suppressed winds and storms that normally cool … Continue reading Big Blue Blog about BLOBS in the Big Blue

A Return To An Extraordinary Place

I have to blog.  It’s in my blood, even if nobody ever reads it.  But I just came back from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I could say I was there to see the maples, which are greener this week than Seattle’s maples are.  I could say I went there to see the street birds or the … Continue reading A Return To An Extraordinary Place