Tag Archives: biodiversity

Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands

Location, location, location! This axiom of the real estate world is perhaps even more true in the natural world. Finding the right environmental conditions for deep-sea corals and sponges to survive and thrive is a rare occurrence in the deep ocean. Marine biologists have discovered deep-sea coral ecosystems throughout the oceans from the tropics to … Continue reading Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands

MARCH FOR THE OCEAN

Why should you March For The Ocean on June 9? How will that help ocean ecosystems threatened by overfishing, climate change, plastic pollution and other issues? How can marches with even a hundred thousand people in over a dozen cities support healthier oceans? I often ask myself this question when an organization suggests a public … Continue reading MARCH FOR THE OCEAN

Ocean Protection Accelerates

With World Oceans Day just around the corner, we’re thrilled to announce a new ocean protection program – the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Accelerator! Through working with environmental organizations, community leaders and governments, the Accelerator program helps ensure that new marine protected areas (MPAs) meet science-based standards to save ocean wildlife.     Our … Continue reading Ocean Protection Accelerates

Status Watch: How Well Are Coral Reefs Protected Around the World?

Tropical coral reefs are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. Often called the ‘rainforests’ of our oceans, coral reefs host incredible levels of biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services that many organisms – including humans – rely on. Globally, coral reefs cover less than 0.1% of our seafloor, but provide … Continue reading Status Watch: How Well Are Coral Reefs Protected Around the World?

Expedition Planning 101 – How Models Can Help Guide Deep-Sea Exploration

In May 2018, a joint Marine Conservation Institute and Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) expedition will probe the deep seafloor within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to an astonishing diversity of cold-water corals and sponges that build crucial habitat for a large number of fish and invertebrate species (e.g., … Continue reading Expedition Planning 101 – How Models Can Help Guide Deep-Sea Exploration

5 Reasons Seamounts Matter

Seamounts are underwater mountains that rise from the seabed. Because most of the world’s seafloor is a muddy plain, seamounts are special deep-sea features that support unique creatures. Seamounts can arise along mid-ocean ridges, as isolated landmarks, or as volcanoes in chains and clusters. Off California, several seamounts were ancient islands that only went under … Continue reading 5 Reasons Seamounts Matter

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Turtle Island Restoration Network

We are very excited to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Turtle Island Restoration Network! Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) works to mobilize people in local communities around the world to protect marine wildlife and the oceans and inland watersheds that sustain them. The TIRN team accomplishes their mission through grassroots … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Turtle Island Restoration Network

Celebrating Ocean Protection Progress

Today, let’s celebrate the progress that has been made to protect our oceans. The world has come a long way and, though more work is needed to reach conservation targets and ensure long-term ocean health, momentum is on our side. With groups like Sin Azul No Hay Verde and heads of state at major conferences advancing … Continue reading Celebrating Ocean Protection Progress

Scaling Up the Blue Economy and Breaking Down Barriers to Ocean Conservation

I had the great pleasure of participating in The Economist’s World Ocean Summit earlier this month with nearly 400 other ocean stakeholders and conservation leaders. The meeting, billed as an opportunity to learn more about commitments made by businesses and governments to advance the “Blue Economy”, was a chance to check in on progress made … Continue reading Scaling Up the Blue Economy and Breaking Down Barriers to Ocean Conservation

Protecting Chile’s Ocean Treasures

By GLORES Ambassador Sebastian Nicholls  Imagine a land, at the tip of a continent, where the rugged coastline cuts into the ocean like a curved dagger, and the whales sing a different tongue. A land whose ferocious natives resisted several European invasions, but for a brief period accepted a French lawyer and adventurer as their … Continue reading Protecting Chile’s Ocean Treasures