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Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands

Location, location, location! This axiom of the real estate world is perhaps even more true in the natural world. Finding the right environmental conditions for deep-sea corals and sponges to survive and thrive is a rare occurrence in the deep ocean. Marine biologists have discovered deep-sea coral ecosystems throughout the oceans from the tropics to … Continue reading Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands

Expedition Planning 101 – How Models Can Help Guide Deep-Sea Exploration

In May 2018, a joint Marine Conservation Institute and Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) expedition will probe the deep seafloor within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to an astonishing diversity of cold-water corals and sponges that build crucial habitat for a large number of fish and invertebrate species (e.g., … Continue reading Expedition Planning 101 – How Models Can Help Guide Deep-Sea Exploration

5 Reasons Seamounts Matter

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

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Jon Day

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Jon Day, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Jon Day spent the first 11 years of his professional career as a protected area planner and manager in terrestrial national parks across Australia. In 1986, he moved into the … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Jon Day

The 29th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force

Source: NOAA        On Thursday, February 21, 2013 Mike Gravitz, Rachel Keylon, and I attended the 29th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting at the Department of Interior.  This was an opportunity for concerned citizens and conservation groups to offer public comment on the federal government’s efforts to preserve coral reefs and their associated marine … Continue reading The 29th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force

Exploring America’s Unknown Grand Canyons

For most of us, guiding the pilots of submersibles or underwater robots to explore the deep sea is something we only hope to have the chance to experience in our lifetime. For Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation Institute’s Director of Coral Conservation, it’s a core part of her work. On August 15, Sandra set sail on … Continue reading Exploring America’s Unknown Grand Canyons

As Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Reaches Milestone, Continued Inaction Could Spell Disaster for Our Oceans

Earlier this week, we reached a troubling milestone as carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the Arctic atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm).  Increased atmospheric CO2 has a devastating effect on our ocean ecosystems. As the chief regulator of climate, the ocean acts as a “carbon sink,” absorbing more than a quarter of the CO2humans … Continue reading As Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Reaches Milestone, Continued Inaction Could Spell Disaster for Our Oceans

Degraded Reefs in One of Our Monuments

Kingman Reef: Black Reef vs. Pristine Reef (photos: Gareth Williams and Jim Maragos) Imagine turquoise waters teeming with vibrant corals, colorful fish, graceful turtles, and menacing sharks. Now imagine cloudy ocean waters crowded with dark red and black algae and bacteria, devoid of wildlife. Unfortunately, the latter is happening in some of our nation’s reefs. … Continue reading Degraded Reefs in One of Our Monuments