Since taking office, President Trump has launched a frightening assault on U.S. ocean conservation and governance. Previous administrations have pursued marine conservation as a bipartisan issue, with both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama designating large protected areas in important biodiversity hotspots. Now, the Trump administration is threatening the future of our National … Continue reading Scary Threats to Our Marine Protected Areas
President Trump has released two Executive Orders that are a direct attack on America’s most spectacular places on the land and in the sea, currently protected as National Monuments and National Marine Sanctuaries. These public lands and waters define who we are as a nation. The President’s attempt to revoke or shrink our monuments and … Continue reading Trump’s attack on America’s most spectacular natural wonders
Washington D.C.— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, denounced the President’s Executive Order to undertake a federal review of land and ocean monuments established by three previous presidents. The new administration’s executive order requiring agencies, like the Department of Interior, to review the last 20 years … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Says That Review of Monuments in Executive Order Could Signal Beginning of Slow Attack on Public Lands and Oceans
We want to thank the Marine Conservation Institute supporters who signed our petition opposing the effort to limit the president’s authority to designate future national and marine monuments under the Antiquities Act. On Wednesday, July 8 the House voted on a more narrowly focused, destructive amendment— that passed by a vote of 222 to … Continue reading Update on the Antiquities Act
In 2009, President George W. Bush designated three marine monuments in the central Pacific – totaling over 193,000 square miles – to be protected. The three protected areas include the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa, and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (see map below). … Continue reading Protecting the Pacific Marine Monuments
As Independence Day draws near, a number of things are sure to run through your mind: what am I going to wear this weekend? Do I have enough red, white, and blue? Where are we going to sit for the fireworks? Is the barbecue set up? Often, we tend to focus on the tradition-side of … Continue reading This Weekend: Protect the Land (and Water) of the Free and the Home of the Brave!