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
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 discarded aluminum can sits deep in the Channel Islands. Photo: MARE and NOAA We’re all too familiar with the horrible images of once pristine beaches that are now covered with trash, threatening a wide array of charismatic animals including sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals. What about our ocean’s most remote … Continue reading Pollution in the deep sea – are any habitats safe from human disturbance?
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
We’re thrilled to announce the first Marine Conservation Institute Summer Ocean Party! Please join us July 23 at the Lagunitas Taproom in Petaluma, CA, to learn more about our ocean protection work with great food, drinks and live music by Sonoma’s own reggae band, Sol Horizon. All tickets include dinner and we’re running an early … Continue reading Dive into the Marine Conservation Institute Summer Ocean Party!
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