On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?

Marine biologists Mark Costello and Bill Ballantine from Leigh Marine Laboratory in New Zealand recently published a new study stressing the critical importance of no-take marine reserves for marine biodiversity conservation. While a growing body of scientific literature has documented the undeniable value of no-take reserves for protecting marine biodiversity, most marine protected area (MPA) research now … Continue reading Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?

Will President Obama establish the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean? We are working on it.

Just eighty miles off the coast of Maine lies the last, best example of what the New England ocean ecosystem used to look like and how it once functioned prior to heavy industrialized fishing in the 20th century. Called Cashes Ledge, this underwater mountain range and surrounding area abounds with colorful sponges, sea fans and sea … Continue reading Will President Obama establish the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean? We are working on it.

Sold at Sea

What 21st Century Slavery Looks Like

“To deny any person their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of hunger and deprivation is to dehumanize them.” – Nelson Mandela   According to the World Food and Agriculture Organization, about 85% of fish populations around the world are fully exploited or overfished and need … Continue reading Sold at Sea

Hope Remains for Deep-Sea Ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast Despite Declining Protections

The June proposal by the New England Fisheries Management Council (NEFMC) to re-open areas to destructive fishing practices represents a serious blow to conservation efforts on the US Atlantic coast. However, hope is not lost for Atlantic deep-sea marine life, as the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) has proposed to protect a large area of … Continue reading Hope Remains for Deep-Sea Ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast Despite Declining Protections

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

The Power of Papahānaumokuākea

A Marine National Monument that Protects the Known...and Unknown

Nestled in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a nearly 140,000 square mile marine protected area. Within Papahānaumokuākea marine life flourishes and new species are frequently found. An abundance of information can be learned by studying the environment of this remote, protected site, which is an outstanding example of a marine protected … Continue reading The Power of Papahānaumokuākea

Marine Conservation Institute at the 2015 Esri User Conference

Our Staff Scientist's Experience at the "Disneyland for Mapping Geeks"

Last week, I presented the results of our 2015 SeaStates US report, at the 2015 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California.  Marine Conservation Institute and Esri are partners on a wide range of projects and we are grateful that they have supported our conservation work for over a decade.  Mapping conservation priorities and assessing … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute at the 2015 Esri User Conference

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

Marine Conservation Institute Comments on the US National Bycatch Strategy

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is currently reviewing its priorities for reducing bycatch, the unwanted ocean wildlife (e.g., fish, turtles, coral, seabirds, etc.) unintentionally caught by commercial fishermen when targeting a different species. NMFS is in the early stages of developing a new National Bycatch Strategy and is asking the public for comments and … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Comments on the US National Bycatch Strategy

When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area?

  Marine Protected Areas. Marine Reserves. Marine National Monuments. Marine Sanctuaries. Locally Managed Marine Areas. These terms are often thrown around in policy briefings, official documents and by the media. But what really constitutes a protected area in our oceans? How should we classify and define these vague terms? As countries strive to protect 10% … Continue reading When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area?