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?
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
You’ve probably heard the saying that we know less about the deep ocean than we do about the surface of the moon. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we have explored less than 5% of the ocean to date, so the saying is pretty accurate. However, as technology improves and scientists are able … Continue reading The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk
Seamounts are underwater mountains rising thousands of feet from the bottom of the ocean. Due to their size and shape, seamounts exert a strong influence on local currents that results in nutrient enrichment and increased food supply. As a result, these massive features are often highly productive ‘oases’ in the deep sea, supporting a large … Continue reading Needle in a haystack: identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea
From providing half of the oxygen we breathe to regulating our climate, our oceans are essential to humankind’s prosperous existence. Below are 7 ways Marine Conservation Institute helped make the ocean a better place in 2015. Thank you for your support and here’s to healthy oceans! Global MPA Partner Summit This year Marine Conservation Institute, … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute’s 7 wins for the ocean in 2015!
Climate change has had many names and connotations since I first learned about it. Originally, it was taught as “global warming” and the not-so-well understood implications of it seemed too far in the future to be concerned with in the present. In fact, I had many peers who welcomed the idea of a climate a … Continue reading A Changing Ocean
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is currently reviewing its priorities for reducing bycatch, the unwanted ocean wildlife (e.g., fish, turtles, coral, seabirds, etc.) unintentionally caught by commercial fishermen when targeting a different species. NMFS is in the early stages of developing a new National Bycatch Strategy and is asking the public for comments and … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Comments on the US National Bycatch Strategy