By GLORES Science Intern, Abbie Dosell Sharks are an essential part of marine ecosystems, asserting top-down control that maintains ecosystem balance. However, these beloved predators are consistently threatened by fisheries bycatch, pollution, habitat loss and shark finning. Shark finning alone is estimated to be responsible for the deaths of 73 million sharks annually. Sharks and … Continue reading How Marine Protected Areas are Safeguarding Our Ocean’s Vulnerable Top Predators
Feature pic: Octocoral, sponge, and feather star on the Davidson Seamount, by NOAA / MBARI. Our ocean is filled with amazing creatures, big and small. Most of its life is actually far smaller than we can see: there are millions of microscopic animals, plants, and more thriving in our ocean. Human lives may directly depend on these … Continue reading Seamounts medicine? Why your next antibiotic may come from the deep sea.
Feature Pic: A yellowtail rockfish swims past a pink landscape dominated by strawberry anemones and hydrocorals on Cordell Bank. Photo: MARE and NOAA In July 2018, Marine Conservation Institute staff scientist Samuel Georgian stepped on board the NOAA research vessel Bell M. Shimada, beginning a two-week expedition to explore deep-water coral and sponge habitats off … Continue reading Deep But Not Deserted – Exploring Deep-Sea Ecosystems Off the California Coast
By Cantlen Forni, Marine Conservation Institute Development Intern Young people are the future and we control how we want to manage and protect our oceans. Being a millennial, I have personally seen the effects of pollution and human carelessness on our ocean. I chose to assist Marine Conservation Institute this summer because they take action to … Continue reading Why Marine Conservation Institute Matters
Thank you to everyone that supported our first-ever Summer Ocean Party with Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) and Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the evening was a great success! The focus of the party was our long-standing work to stop bottom trawling and protect deep-sea corals and sponges. They are some of the oldest living animals … Continue reading The Summer Ocean Party Makes a Splash
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
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
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
When most people think of a coral reef they are imagining a sunny tropical beach, but many coral species are actually found in the dark, cold waters of the deep sea1. These corals, commonly known as cold-water corals due to their preference for low temperatures, form beautiful ecosystems that are teeming with life. One of … Continue reading The Hunt for a Super Coral: Can Cold-Water Corals Adapt to Ocean Acidification?
Deep sea environments have always been fascinating and mysterious to me. As a child, I would stay awake at night flipping through pages of Cousteau’s The Ocean World trying to understand how I could possibly experience and understand all that the ocean held. My children now flip through the pages of that same book with … Continue reading The deep sea holds secrets that need our protection