By Michael Gravitz, Director of Policy & Legislation at Marine Conservation Institute People often ask us how the oceans are doing and whether things are getting better or worse for them. It’s natural to get that question a lot around International Oceans Day, June 8th, when there is more attention in the media about all … Continue reading Happy World Oceans Day!
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!
Featured Pic: Chaunacops coloratus, a rare species of anglerfish discovered in 1891and filmed in the wild for the first time at the Taney Seamounts. Photo courtesy of NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute The Taney Seamounts are a chain of five seamounts spanning a distance of 33 miles across the seafloor off … Continue reading Taney Seamounts: Collapsed Calderas and New Species
Featured Pic: Pillow lava, a unique type of basalt rock that forms during underwater volcanic eruptions. Photo courtesy NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute Rodriguez Seamount is a 10–12 million-year-old seamount located approximately 42 miles off the coast of southern California. It towers over a mile above the seafloor, with its tallest … Continue reading Rodriguez Seamount – A Geologic Rarity
Featured Pic: The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Hercules explores the San Juan Seamount. Photo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute San Juan Seamount Seamounts are massive underwater mountains – usually extinct volcanoes – that tower thousands of feet above the seafloor. Some seamounts however, including the San Juan … Continue reading San Juan Seamount: An Ancient Archipelago
Featured Pic: A breeding rhinoceros auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata), one of the many seabird species that relies on the productive waters above Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts to forage. Photo courtesy of Mick Thompson (CC BY-NC 2.0). By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts Gumdrop and Pioneer are neighboring seamounts located approximately 45 … Continue reading Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts – Offshore Seabird Havens
This Global Ocean Refuge System Partner Spotlight Features Linking Tourism & Conservation! Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C), a non-profit organization focused on sustainably financing protected areas through tourism, just celebrated its 5th anniversary. Based in Norway, LT&C is building a global network of protected area examples showing how tourism can successfully finance management. LT&C was launched by the … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge Partner Spotlight: Linking Tourism & Conservation
Featured Pic: Brown stony corals (Coenocyathus bowersi, foreground) and pink hydrocorals (Stylaster californicus, background) provide habitat for a large school of rockfish at Cortes Bank. Photo courtesy of NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute Cortes and Tanner Banks Cortes and Tanner Banks are twin seamounts located approximately … Continue reading Cortes and Tanner Banks: Recreation and Biodiversity Hotspots
Featured Pic: A diverse assemblage of benthic organisms on a sponge garden at Mendocino Ridge. Image courtesy of NOAA NWFSC. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute The Gorda and Mendocino Ridges are a complex series of oceanic ridges just off the coast of northern California, and are home to unique deep-sea ecosystems including hydrothermal … Continue reading Gorda and Mendocino Ridges – California’s Test Cases for Deep-Sea Mining
Featured Pic: Yellow Picasso sponge and white sponges on Davidson Seamount. Image courtesy of NOAA and MBARI. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute Davidson Seamount is an underwater volcano located just 75 miles off the coast of California. Its summit rises an impressive 7500 feet above the surrounding seafloor, yet still remains … Continue reading Davidson Seamount: A Deep-Sea Oasis