Tag Archives: biodiversity

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

Gaining Momentum Towards Representative Marine Protection

Reviewing Aichi Target 11 goals

Great leaps in ocean conservation occurred recently after announcements of new protections were made at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and Our Ocean conference. Marine protected areas (MPAs) of all scales were created, from the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a staggering 582,578 square miles in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the creation of … Continue reading Gaining Momentum Towards Representative Marine Protection

Tragedy and Hope on the High Seas

The high seas are the area of ocean beyond national jurisdiction, where laws are hard to come by and criminals are even harder to catch. Marine life and those forced into labor on illegal fishing vessels ultimately suffer the most from this lack of accountability. Solving the problem of illegal fishing, over-fishing and a lack … Continue reading Tragedy and Hope on the High Seas

Going in for the Krill: Why Whales Love the California Coast

The California coast is a whale-watcher’s paradise. Not only can you find the world’s largest population of the world’s largest whale – the blue whale – here in the northeastern Pacific, but at certain times of year a lucky whale-watcher can spot up to four of the five species of whales that frequent these waters … Continue reading Going in for the Krill: Why Whales Love the California Coast

Explorers at sea: Pulley Ridge and Tortugas research cruise (Part Two)

A Guest Blog by Sandra Brooke

First discovered in the 1950’s but only recently explored, Pulley Ridge is an underwater dreamland about 100 miles off the Southwest coast of Florida. Marine Conservation Institute became interested in this series of drowned islands with the deepest known photosynthetic coral in US waters when we did our Gulf Gems report on the most biologically … Continue reading Explorers at sea: Pulley Ridge and Tortugas research cruise (Part Two)

Explorers at sea: Pulley Ridge and Tortugas research cruise

A Guest Blog by Sandra Brooke

First discovered in the 1950’s but only recently explored, Pulley Ridge is an underwater dreamland about 100 miles off the Southwest coast of Florida. Marine Conservation Institute became interested in this series of drowned islands with the deepest known photosynthetic coral in US waters when we did our Gulf Gems report on the most biologically … Continue reading Explorers at sea: Pulley Ridge and Tortugas research cruise

An Ocean Hero

Dr. Elliott Norse

Dr. Elliott Norse is retiring after an unparalleled career in marine conservation. As a result of his pioneering efforts to establish the field of marine conservation biology, we now have a vibrant and growing community of marine conservation biologists and advocates.  His work directly led to the recent explosion in marine protected area coverage around … Continue reading An Ocean Hero

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?

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