Tag Archives: biodiversity

Promoting Healthy Oceans: The Global Ocean Refuge System

Healthy oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity, yet oceans are severely impacted worldwide by human activities, including overfishing, climate change, industrialization, pollution and habitat destruction. The solution? Marine protected areas (MPAs). “Oceans include about 97% of Earth’s water, offer 99% of the living space on our planet, and provide more than half the … Continue reading Promoting Healthy Oceans: The Global Ocean Refuge System

Whales, Seamounts, and Fisherfolk: How Conservation Efforts are Attempting to Tackle a Growing Threat to Marine Life

Hidden beneath the waters off the California coast lies a treasure trove of marine biodiversity. Seamounts, or underwater mountains, are veritable hotspots for a wide variety of undersea critters who call deep-sea ecosystems home. These steep peaks often break up ocean currents, allowing for nutrients to be brought up from deeper waters,[1] supporting an incredible … Continue reading Whales, Seamounts, and Fisherfolk: How Conservation Efforts are Attempting to Tackle a Growing Threat to Marine Life

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Sand Cloud Towels

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Sand Cloud Towels! Sand Cloud is a team of 3 best friends that met in college and all share a love for the ocean and beach lifestyle. For them, the beach means freedom, friendship, and communing with nature. They found themselves in the corporate … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Sand Cloud Towels

Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks

Our oceans are home to a number of globally rare habitats that marine animals rely on. These areas are often characterized by the presence of endemic species and are usually teeming with life. Unfortunately, the qualities that make these places unique also make them incredibly vulnerable. Seamounts—undersea mountains—have been at the center of recent conservation … Continue reading Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks

5 Reasons Why We LOVE Palau

  The Republic of Palau is an up and coming destination for divers, tourists and adventurers. With turquoise waters and incredible dive sites, Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. This tropical destination has caught our attention as a marine conservation superstar – here’s why! 1. For many years, the Republic of … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why We LOVE Palau

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

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