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
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
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
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)
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
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
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?
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
The global ocean is a big place, covering nearly 71% of our planet, and is essential to life on earth. From providing the oxygen we breathe to regulating the climate we need to survive, healthy oceans are critical to the future of humankind. Yet humans know more about the moon than we do about our … Continue reading Developing the Map to Save the Seas; Coming to You in 3-D!
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today announced significant progress on its priority initiative, the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”). GLORES will catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030, enough to avert mass extinction of marine … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge System Experiences Strong Momentum and Continues to Seek Additional Support