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 — 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
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
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
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
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
“The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel.” -Claude Bernard (1813-78) French physiologist A couple of weeks ago Dr. Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation Institute’s Director of Coral Conservation, and a team of researchers set out on an expedition tasked with exploring deep canyon ecosystems off the US … Continue reading Robotics Inspire the Next Generation of Ocean Explorers
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
Check out this great article from the Washington Post, featuring our President and CEO, Elliott Norse, PhD: Scientists Call for End to Deep-Sea Fishing By Juliet Eilperin, Published: September 6 Industrial fishing in the deep sea should be banned because it has depleted fish stocks that take longer to recover than other species, according to … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute in the News!
News Clips We Care About! Some interesting, fun, and crazy stuff happened this week in the marine world!Take a look, and tell us what you think about it all: Ambitions as Deep as Their Pockets New York Times: A new generation of daredevils is seeking to plunge through nearly seven miles of seawater to the … Continue reading News Clips We Care About!