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!
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?
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
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
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
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