Our oceans are home to a number of globally rare habitats that marine animals rely on. These areas are often characterized by the presence of endemic species and are usually teeming with life. Unfortunately, the qualities that make these places unique also make them incredibly vulnerable. Seamounts—undersea mountains—have been at the center of recent conservation … Continue reading Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks
Here at MPAtlas.org we often get asked how much of the ocean would be protected as a result of various proposed and promised marine protected areas (MPAs). In order to help visitors to MPAtlas.org see the results for themselves, we’ve created the Ocean Protection Calculator. As you can see from the tool below, it is … Continue reading The Ocean Protection Calculator
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 fifth Blue Vision Summit took place this week in Washington, DC, bringing in hundreds of grassroots ocean activists from all across the United States. The Summit began on Monday night with a panel that featured Ralph Nader and Congressman Sam Farr, followed by explorers Fabien Cousteau and Paul Rose, all of whom spoke of the importance of our oceans, … Continue reading Healthy Oceans: Capitol Hill Day
On January 22, Marine Conservation Institute Chief Scientist Dr. Elliott Norse was a guest speaker in the University of Washington’s Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, a symposium featuring internationally recognized experts. Elliott talked about his long career in ocean conservation and then discussed the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), an initiative by Marine Conservation Institute … Continue reading Dr. Elliott Norse Gives Passionate Presentation to University Students
Wonder what Marine Conservation Institute is focusing on this year? We just posted our Conservation Priorities for 2015 to the home page of our main website. Please take a look and learn more about the focus areas listed below. • Global Ocean Refuge System • Science-Based Criteria for Global Ocean Refuges • Partner Support for … Continue reading See Our Conservation Priorities for 2015!
Recently, our policy team met with a delegation of fishery research scientists and engineers from China to discuss marine conservation at home and abroad. The delegation hailed from Hainan, a palm tree-studded island in the South China Sea, where they work at the Hainan Academy of Ocean and Fisheries Sciences. Hainan is home to over 8 … Continue reading Delegation of Chinese Scientists Visit Marine Conservation Institute in DC
Extending to the horizon, the sea appears limitless, and throughout human history, we have often acted as if it is – catching fish in increasingly vast numbers and pouring in pollution that seems to disappear. No wonder ocean conservation efforts have lagged behind those of land efforts. Tragically, the ocean is now in distress from … Continue reading We Thank You, Mr. President. And So Does the Ocean.
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
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