For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re celebrating our blue planet through a contest that highlights people’s connections to, and experiences of, the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. Marine Conservation Institute invites you to enter our Ocean Photo Contest to celebrate our deep connection to our blue planet! When Earth Day … Continue reading Announcing our first-ever Ocean Photo Contest!
By Alyssa Tylor, Marine Conservation Institute Blue Parks Intern. Do you need some positive news? We realize your primary focus these days is the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our goal is not to diminish those concerns. But if a little ocean … Continue reading Meet our 2020 Blue Park Award nominees, and help us evaluate them!
By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador. On March 26th, President Danny Faure of the Republic of Seychelles formalized a marine spatial plan for the entire exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Seychelles, touting “the legal designation of one-third of [the Seychelles’] ocean territory, as a marine protected area.” As governments work to make good on … Continue reading The Seychelles’ Giant Step in Ocean Conservation: A Cautious Hope for the Ocean
Like you, many of our staff are sheltering at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy! While we all deal with these very challenging times, we asked our staff to recommend ocean related activities that everyone in the house can participate in. Whether … Continue reading Fun Online Ocean Activities while Staying Home
Featured Picture: 2019 Blue Park Awardees. By Christina Hoenow, Blue Parks Intern If you have followed our work here at Marine Conservation Institute, you will know that we are incredibly proud of our Blue Parks. You may have wondered how exactly these Blue Parks become Blue Parks. What are the Blue Park Awards? The … Continue reading Nominate a deserving MPA for a 2020 Blue Park Award!
To get 2020 off to a bang we thought we would provide you with some suggestions of places that you should know more about. These are some of the very best protected areas in the ocean or areas deserving stronger protection. They all need your support. Not every place thrives with human access, and some … Continue reading 20 Ocean Places for Your 2020 Bucket List
Featured Pic: The jacks in Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico. Image courtesy of Octavio Aburto. By Dr. Sarah Hameed, Blue Parks Director at Marine Conservation Institute Swimming alongside a massive swirling sphere of jacks, I pretend for a moment, that I’m a fish. And if I were a fish, I’d want to live right here in Cabo Pulmo … Continue reading Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Conservation success and replication in the Sea of Cortez
[October 24, 2019. Oslo, Norway] Today at Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, Norway, Marine Conservation Institute and its international science council awarded six outstanding marine protected areas (MPAs) Blue Park designation. A total of 16 MPAs now hold the prestigious Blue Park Award indicating that they meet the highest science-based standards for marine life protection … Continue reading Six Blue Parks Join the Growing Network of Global Ocean Refuges
Help us Create a Splash for Blue Parks! Join Marine Conservation Institute on June 29, 2019 for great beer and delicious hors d’oeuvres at the loft of Lagunitas Brewery, in Petaluma, CA. Learn about Blue Parks, and our exciting work to save the ocean’s most important places! We will share our successes establishing a Global … Continue reading Raise a Glass for the Ocean!
Thank you for supporting our ocean protection work! This year has been filled with exciting marine conservation updates and progress to be grateful for. Though threats like overfishing and marine debris persist, the world is more engaged than ever with finding solutions. Thanks to you, each of our projects continues growing with this sea change … Continue reading Giving Thanks