Tag Archives: Global Ocean Refuge System

A Return To An Extraordinary Place

I have to blog.  It’s in my blood, even if nobody ever reads it.  But I just came back from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I could say I was there to see the maples, which are greener this week than Seattle’s maples are.  I could say I went there to see the street birds or the … Continue reading A Return To An Extraordinary Place

Celebrating Our Ocean 2015 Meeting

1.9 million square kilometers protected in 48 hours!

What do you get when you put 500 ocean leaders, conservationists and stakeholders from over 56 countries in a room together? Progress. Eighty new initiatives on marine conservation and protection- valued at over US$2.1 billion- were announced during the second Our Ocean Conference, held in Valparaiso, Chile earlier this week. Marine Conservation Institute’s MPAtlas.org team … Continue reading Celebrating Our Ocean 2015 Meeting

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds New Marine Protected Areas Announced at Our Oceans Conference Today

Several Large Marine Protected Areas Added to the Roster in Valparaiso, Chile Create Progress Towards Global Goals

SEATTLE — Today, at the Our Oceans Conference in Valparaiso, Chile, several counties announced new commitments to highly protected marine areas and moved other commitments to confirmed or designated status. The United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Chile were among the countries making these commitments to strongly protect areas around the Pitcairn Islands, the Kermadec Islands, … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds New Marine Protected Areas Announced at Our Oceans Conference Today

A Decade of Creating Large Marine Protected Areas

The Next Decade Requires Faster Pace if we want to Reach International Goals

Across the United States, over 10% of our land has been set aside to protect landscapes and conserve biodiversity. From national parks and monuments, to refuges and wilderness areas, we’ve created an intricate system that provides recreational opportunities, safeguards watersheds, builds climate resiliency and protects critical habitat for endangered and vulnerable species like the desert … Continue reading A Decade of Creating Large Marine Protected Areas

Four ocean animals you probably didn’t know needed protection:

You ‘otter’ sea this!

The ocean is a great wilderness that is largely unexplored. Home to some of the largest, most beautiful and eccentric animals, the lack of protection offered to ocean animals is shocking. As we remove animals from the ocean at an increasing rate, pollute the waters and change the chemistry of the ocean, it appears we … Continue reading Four ocean animals you probably didn’t know needed protection:

Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?

Marine biologists Mark Costello and Bill Ballantine from Leigh Marine Laboratory in New Zealand recently published a new study stressing the critical importance of no-take marine reserves for marine biodiversity conservation. While a growing body of scientific literature has documented the undeniable value of no-take reserves for protecting marine biodiversity, most marine protected area (MPA) research now … Continue reading Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?

Hope Remains for Deep-Sea Ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast Despite Declining Protections

The June proposal by the New England Fisheries Management Council (NEFMC) to re-open areas to destructive fishing practices represents a serious blow to conservation efforts on the US Atlantic coast. However, hope is not lost for Atlantic deep-sea marine life, as the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) has proposed to protect a large area of … Continue reading Hope Remains for Deep-Sea Ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast Despite Declining Protections

California, Oregon and Florida Lead in Strongly Protecting Marine Ecosystems; Remaining US States Lag in Conservation Efforts

Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates 2015—An Annual Report Card on How Well States Are Protecting Their Coastal Waters

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the world’s oceans, released its annual SeaStates 2015 report today at the 2015 Esri User Conference. This year’s report on no-take marine reserves in the waters of US coastal states and territories uncovers an unfortunate truth: in the last year, there was no increase in … Continue reading California, Oregon and Florida Lead in Strongly Protecting Marine Ecosystems; Remaining US States Lag in Conservation Efforts

Thanking Our Corporate Donors and Partners

At Marine Conservation Institute we understand the importance and need for major corporations to support our oceans. Our oceans are deteriorating rapidly due to overfishing, pollution, global warming and many other human-induced problems. Yet we desperately need the oceans for our survival — for food, for oxygen, for new medicines, to absorb carbon dioxide, and much … Continue reading Thanking Our Corporate Donors and Partners

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Un-Cruise Adventures

Today we are shining the spotlight on a fun Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) partner, Un-Cruise Adventures. The company offers small-ship adventure cruises to Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Hawaii, Central America, the Galapagos and more. If you want to experience nature up-close, these exciting Un-Cruise voyages are the way to go! Captain Dan Blanchard, … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Un-Cruise Adventures