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!
By Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute “The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.” – E. O. Wilson Today is a … Continue reading For International Biodiversity Day – Stop Eating Seafood that comes from Bottom Trawling
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
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: A colorful Ruby Brittle Star (Ophioderma rubicundum) in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute If you have ever seen a brittle star, you may have assumed that you were looking at the closely related starfish instead. Starfish and brittle stars are both members … Continue reading Denizens of the Deep: Are Brittle Stars the Best House Guests?
We are happy to shine this Global Ocean Refuge System Partner Spotlight on Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE)! MARE’s mission is to explore and document the world’s oceans to support their conservation and management. Recognizing the lack of visual data available on deep sub-tidal habitats, and that accurate data is critical to inform … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge Partner Spotlight: MARE
Ten years ago this month in January 2009, President George W. Bush designated a small island and coral reef system in American Samoa a marine national monument, called Rose Atoll. It is named so after its rosy pink corals. The monument protects 10,000 square miles of ocean from any commercial fishing or other extraction. Since … Continue reading Rose Atoll Abides
Featured Pic: A giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) observed on Cordell Bank during a Marine Conservation Institute and Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE) cruise off the coast of northern California. Photo credit: MARE and NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute Octopuses are seriously cool creatures. They can rapidly change the color … Continue reading Denizens of the Deep: The Octopuses Who Make Their Homes on Seamounts