Tag Archives: Global Ocean Refuge System

Our greatest successes!

Celebrating two decades of ocean conservation

This year, Marine Conservation Institute celebrates 20 years of conservation successes! Over the past two decades we have celebrated many accomplishments towards our mission to protect the oceans. Founded as Marine Conservation Biology Institute in 1996, our science and policy staff effectively bridge research and advocacy to create and expand marine protected areas, secure protections for threatened and … Continue reading Our greatest successes!

How Much is Enough?

One of the questions I am asked most frequently is how much of the ocean do we need to protect? I often reflect philosophically on the response from Dr. Sylvia Earle (Marine Conservation Institute Board Member, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, and Mission Blue founder), “More than half the world is ocean, the blue heart of … Continue reading How Much is Enough?

Green Light in the Galápagos

Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s declaration to strongly protect a vast area of important marine habitat surrounding the Galápagos Islands, the source of inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This decision protects an unparalleled legacy of marine life and ocean habitat for generations to come. While there have been … Continue reading Green Light in the Galápagos

Marine Conservation Institute Urges the Preparatory Committee on Sustainable Use and Conservation of Marine Diversity on the High Seas to Include Fully-Protected Areas as a Key Goal of New Agreement

Washington, DC—March 28, 2016—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, urges international negotiators at a United Nation’s committee preparing recommendations for conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity on the high seas to establish a robust process to fully-protect key areas.  Our planet is over 70 percent ocean and life on Earth … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Urges the Preparatory Committee on Sustainable Use and Conservation of Marine Diversity on the High Seas to Include Fully-Protected Areas as a Key Goal of New Agreement

I’m Retiring

Retiring is a very personal decision.  I come from the first Space Age generation, from a time when rocket launches were big stories on evening network news.  One idea engineers wanted us to learn is that lifting a satellite into Earth orbit happens in more than 1 stage.  The 1st stage boosts the rest off … Continue reading I’m Retiring

Marine Conservation Institute Founder Who Shaped Marine Conservation Retires

Seattle, WA—December 17, 2015—Today Marine Conservation Institute Founder and Chief Scientist Dr. Elliott A Norse announces his retirement after 37+ years of shaping the science and policy of conservation. “Happily,” said Marine Conservation Institute President Dr. Lance Morgan, “he will continue to guide the institute as a member of our Board of Directors.  We believe … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Founder Who Shaped Marine Conservation Retires

A Grand Agreement, A Grand Achievement

Nearly 200 nations agree to combat climate change at historic COP21 meeting

From November 30-December 12, 2015, world leaders met in Paris, France for the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate. COP21, as said by President Obama, “could be a ‘turning point’ towards a low-carbon future.” The historic Paris climate agreement established a model for the world to … Continue reading A Grand Agreement, A Grand Achievement

Marine Conservation Institute Asks Climate Negotiators at COP21 in Paris to Remember the Big Blue Sea

Because Oceans Matter

Washington, DC—December 02, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, asks climate negotiators at COP21 in Paris to remember that our planet is mostly ocean and that life on Earth depends on maintaining a healthy ocean. While there will be much discussion of keeping carbon emissions low enough to cap the rise of … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Asks Climate Negotiators at COP21 in Paris to Remember the Big Blue Sea

Marine Conservation Institute Releases Powerful Video Describing the Global Ocean Refuge System

After Concluding an International Workshop on Marine Protected Area Collaboration

Washington, DC—November 12, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, successfully concluded its Global Marine Protected Area Partner Summit in California last week with marine scientists and policy makers from around the world. Today, it released a short video on the initiative under discussion at the Summit for a global ocean refuge system…
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Marine Conservation Institute Applauds Final Passage of the Pirate Fishing Bill (HR. 774);

US Joins Other Nations Fighting Against the International Crime of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing

Washington, DC—October 22, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Brian Schatz –who introduced the pirate fishing bill in May 2015—and other cosponsors for making passage of the pirate fishing bill (HR 774) a bipartisan priority that passed the Senate last night. The legislation greatly strengthens … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds Final Passage of the Pirate Fishing Bill (HR. 774);