Tag Archives: Global Ocean Refuge System

Promoting Healthy Oceans: The Global Ocean Refuge System

Healthy oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity, yet oceans are severely impacted worldwide by human activities, including overfishing, climate change, industrialization, pollution and habitat destruction. The solution? Marine protected areas (MPAs). “Oceans include about 97% of Earth’s water, offer 99% of the living space on our planet, and provide more than half the … Continue reading Promoting Healthy Oceans: The Global Ocean Refuge System

Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Provide Protections from Climate Change

Currently, only 3.5 percent of the ocean is protected [1], and just 1.6 percent has strong protections. This is a far cry from the goal of 10 percent by 2020 under the Convention on Biological Diversity and Sustainable Development, and is even further from the 30 percent recommended by scientists [2]. A paper recently published … Continue reading Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Provide Protections from Climate Change

The evaluations for the inaugural Global Ocean Refuge award nominees are live

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The best way to maintain our oceans’ biological diversity, abundance and resilience is by protecting marine life and their ecosystems through strong and effective marine protected areas. Marine scientists agree that 30% of the ocean needs to be strongly protected. Currently, less than 1% of the ocean is safeguarded in this manner. Many of the … Continue reading The evaluations for the inaugural Global Ocean Refuge award nominees are live

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Susan Bird

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Susan Bird, underwater explorer, researcher and avid photographer. As an extension of a successful career as a nationally ranked competitive swimmer, she began diving 1984 and later taught diving in Monterey Bay. She was the president of the Bay Area Underwater Explorers and organizer … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Susan Bird

Trump Dumps the Clean Power Plan and Ocean Life

President Trump’s Executive Order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan is a move that blatantly ignores overwhelming scientific consensus about the immense threats that carbon pollution poses to human and environmental health. The Clean Power Plan, a set of rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address human-caused climate change, is an enormous step in … Continue reading Trump Dumps the Clean Power Plan and Ocean Life

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Sand Cloud Towels

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Sand Cloud Towels! Sand Cloud is a team of 3 best friends that met in college and all share a love for the ocean and beach lifestyle. For them, the beach means freedom, friendship, and communing with nature. They found themselves in the corporate … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Sand Cloud Towels

Happy Valentine’s Day to Ocean Wildlife!

Celebrating GLORES Partner Photographers!

Our Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) partner photographers have captured the essence of ocean love this Valentine’s day. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to partner with some of the world’s most talented and innovative nature photographers. We celebrate their fantastic work in this blog and give them thanks for inspiring viewers to connect with, … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day to Ocean Wildlife!

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Heirs To Our Oceans

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on HEIRS TO OUR OCEANS! Heirs To Our Oceans is a proactive group of kids – ages 10-16 – who recognize that they, along with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and newly-spawned zygotes, will inherit the ocean after adults today are done with it. They are … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Heirs To Our Oceans

Conserving shark populations

Large, high-quality marine protected areas work

Well-regulated and well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) established in biologically significant places benefit marine wildlife [1]. One lingering question, however, has been about the value of MPAs for conserving highly-mobile species, like sharks, that move easily across their boundaries. Robust shark populations are necessary to keep marine ecosystems healthy, and many shark populations are threatened … Continue reading Conserving shark populations

The Ocean Protection Calculator

Here at MPAtlas.org we often get asked how much of the ocean would be protected as a result of various proposed and promised marine protected areas (MPAs). In order to help visitors to MPAtlas.org see the results for themselves, we’ve created the Ocean Protection Calculator. As you can see from the tool below, it is … Continue reading The Ocean Protection Calculator