Tag Archives: deep sea

5 Reasons We’re Over the Moon About Blue Planet II

We’ve watched the trailer a million times. We’ve begged our European colleagues to let us visit. Now, ocean fanatic friends, the time has come: Blue Planet II premieres on our side of the Atlantic tomorrow! Our team’s been hearing about it and catching clips since last October, so we know some about what’s to come. Sorry friends … Continue reading 5 Reasons We’re Over the Moon About Blue Planet II

The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk

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

Needle in a haystack: identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea

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

The Ocean Protection Calculator

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

Seamounts ARE Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems

The concept of a vulnerable marine ecosystem, commonly referred to by its acronym VME, in high seas marine conservation management is about a decade old. United Nations General Assembly resolution 61/105 called “upon States to take action immediately, individually and through regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements, and consistent with the precautionary approach and ecosystem … Continue reading Seamounts ARE Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems

California’s Ancient Islands May Receive Additional Protections

Congressman takes groundbreaking step to safeguard deep-sea treasures off California

CALIFORNIA — Congressman Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have introduced landmark legislation to safeguard a series of underwater mountains and the marine wildlife they support in the deep sea off California. Known as “seamounts,” these extraordinary places are highly productive ‘oases’ in the deep sea. Off California, seamounts support rare deep‐water corals and … Continue reading California’s Ancient Islands May Receive Additional Protections

Marine Conservation Institute Comments on the US National Bycatch Strategy

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

Costco is Taking Action to Redefine the Seafood Retail Industry

Thoughts on the 2020 Vision

Our oceans are in crisis. From overfishing to pollution, our actions have jeopardized the vital benefits we receive from the oceans. Scientists agree we are on a trajectory toward collapse in many of the world’s fisheries if we do not act now. How can we restore balance in the seas? Shaping up the seafood retail … Continue reading Costco is Taking Action to Redefine the Seafood Retail Industry

Peering into the Depths of the Bering Sea Canyons, it’s Clear that Protection is Needed

This Op-Ed, partially written by Marine Conservation Institute President Lance Morgan, first appeared in The Seattle Times on January 31, 2015.

Our oceans are in crisis even as we soak up their splendor on vacation, recreate in their waters and eat their fish. We must change course; we must act now, write guest columnists By Sylvia Earle, Lance Morgan and Annie Leonard OUR oceans are vital to our very existence. By producing oxygen, feeding millions and … Continue reading Peering into the Depths of the Bering Sea Canyons, it’s Clear that Protection is Needed

News of Discoveries from the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

Researchers aboard the NOAA research vessel Nancy Foster, under the direction of Dr. Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation Institute’s Director of Coral Conservation and Dr. Steve Ross (UNCW), reported today that they have rediscovered a methane seep off America’s East Coast that has not been seen for the last 30 years!  Mussels at a methane seep … Continue reading News of Discoveries from the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster