OCEANS, OCEANS, OCEANS. Can anyone remember three weeks with as much progress in protecting the world’s oceans and marine biodiversity as the last three weeks? I can’t. First, President Obama created the largest protected area on EARTH when he expanded the marine monument known as Papahānaumokuākea in the NW Hawaiian Islands to be three and … Continue reading Our Ocean 2016
“Planet at a Crossroads” was the theme that guided the dialog of over 9,000 conservationists last week at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress. For ten intensive days, attendees collaboratively discussed the issues of their respective fields, energized by the rare opportunity to work as a global community to address … Continue reading Planet at a Crossroads
In just a few days’ time, team members at Marine Conservation Institute will be traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii to attend the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress from September 1-10th. The theme of the Congress is “Our planet at a crossroads”, and we couldn’t agree more. “The ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being and survival are collapsing. … Continue reading Planet at a Crossroads
Seattle, WA (August 25, 2016) — Marine Conservation Institute announced that Catherine Yrisarri has joined its Board of Directors. As a journalist, Catherine Yrisarri has worked with some of the top visionaries, organizations and companies around the world where she has editorially and creatively crafted documentaries and international series exploring politics, climate change, conservation and most recently the faith-based documentary Belief … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Announces Catherine Yrisarri Has Joined Its Board of Directors
This September, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature is holding its World Conservation Congress, and this year participants aren’t just flying to the conference in Hawai’i. A few adventurous conservationists are sailing to the meeting, without the standard navigational aids. Their boat is a 62 foot long double-hulled canoe called the Hokule’a that … Continue reading Island Earth
Scientists from academic institutions, NGOs, and government agencies huddled in twos and threes over papers, pens, and laptops. While we worked in a windowless room, our minds were in the salty sea. Two old friends studied the regulations and enforcement in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, feeding ground to a myriad of whales, seals, sharks … Continue reading Employing science to safeguard marine life with GLORES
How the Rio Olympics Helps Countries Win GLORES As I write, the media are directing the world’s eyes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, using people’s love for sports to increase nations’ prestige. People hear individuals’ stories—the stories about “the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat”—which motivates millions, even billions of people to feel … Continue reading How the Rio Olympics Helps Countries Win GLORES
The high seas are the area of ocean beyond national jurisdiction, where laws are hard to come by and criminals are even harder to catch. Marine life and those forced into labor on illegal fishing vessels ultimately suffer the most from this lack of accountability. Solving the problem of illegal fishing, over-fishing and a lack … Continue reading Tragedy and Hope on the High Seas
Marine Conservation Institute is a Classy Awards Finalist, one of the 100 most innovative nonprofits and social enterprises of 2016! This is the largest social impact awards ceremony of its kind and we couldn’t be more excited to share the Global Ocean Refuge System initiative with the global community as an innovative tool to safeguard our … Continue reading We’re a Finalist!
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!