On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Seamounts: vulnerable marine ecosystems in need of protection

Our oceans are dotted with thousands of underwater mountains scattered beneath the waves that harbor an incredible diversity of marine life. Known as seamounts, these extraordinary places are highly productive oases in the sea, and are home to extremely fragile, long-lived, rare and sometimes endangered marine life. Some seamounts function like rest stops for migratory … Continue reading Seamounts: vulnerable marine ecosystems in need of protection

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Heirs To Our Oceans

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on HEIRS TO OUR OCEANS! Heirs To Our Oceans is a proactive group of kids – ages 10-16 – who recognize that they, along with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and newly-spawned zygotes, will inherit the ocean after adults today are done with it. They are … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Heirs To Our Oceans

Conserving shark populations

Large, high-quality marine protected areas work

Well-regulated and well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) established in biologically significant places benefit marine wildlife [1]. One lingering question, however, has been about the value of MPAs for conserving highly-mobile species, like sharks, that move easily across their boundaries. Robust shark populations are necessary to keep marine ecosystems healthy, and many shark populations are threatened … Continue reading Conserving shark populations

The Ocean Protection Calculator

Here at MPAtlas.org we often get asked how much of the ocean would be protected as a result of various proposed and promised marine protected areas (MPAs). In order to help visitors to MPAtlas.org see the results for themselves, we’ve created the Ocean Protection Calculator. As you can see from the tool below, it is … Continue reading The Ocean Protection Calculator

Establishing a MPA is Sometimes More Than Just a Family (National) Affair

Disputed Conservation in the South China Sea

In an effort to achieve the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) goal of strongly protecting at least 30% of our ocean by 2030 to sufficiently “protect biodiversity, preserve ecosystem services, and achieve socioeconomic priorities,” many countries have ramped up their efforts to designate more marine protected areas (MPAs). Following this trend, Philippines’ … Continue reading Establishing a MPA is Sometimes More Than Just a Family (National) Affair

Top 6 Ocean Highlights of 2016

Over one million square miles of global ocean were protected in 2016! Here are our 6 favorite new protected areas!   1. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Expansion President Obama expanded this marine monument from 139,818 to 582,578 square miles, making it the world’s largest protected area at the time. Papahānaumokuākea is home to more than … Continue reading Top 6 Ocean Highlights of 2016

A Tale of Two Cold-Water Coral Reefs

Human industrial and agricultural activity has released massive quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) into our atmosphere, with significant effects on our climate and oceans. About one-third of this atmospheric CO2 is absorbed by our oceans1, where it chemically interacts with seawater to reduce its pH – a scale that measures how acidic (lower pH values) … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cold-Water Coral Reefs

Celebrating the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area!

This week we celebrate habitat protections for deep-sea corals along the Atlantic coastline, named in honor of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.  Nearly 40,000 sq mi of the seafloor are now off limits to fishing gears that can damage these ancient and fragile critters. Marine Conservation Institute has been working to protect deep-sea corals for … Continue reading Celebrating the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area!

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Joakim Odelberg

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System Partner Spotlight on Joakim Odelberg! Joakim is one of the most contracted and respected photographers/filmers/underwater filmmakers in Sweden. His devotion to nature, both on land and in the sea, has reached beyond Swedish borders. He is frequently booked for lectures in Sweden and around the world. … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Joakim Odelberg

United Nations General Assembly Calls on High Seas Fishing Nations to Redouble Their Efforts to Protect Deep-Sea Biodiversity

New York – The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution yesterday calling on countries to redouble their efforts to protect deep-ocean species and ecosystems from the destructive impacts of deep-sea fishing. The resolution was adopted following a ten-year review of the implementation of landmark UN resolutions committing high-seas fishing nations to stop damaging vulnerable … Continue reading United Nations General Assembly Calls on High Seas Fishing Nations to Redouble Their Efforts to Protect Deep-Sea Biodiversity