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, 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
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today announced significant progress on its priority initiative, the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”). GLORES will catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030, enough to avert mass extinction of marine … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge System Experiences Strong Momentum and Continues to Seek Additional Support
What do you get when you have a group of passionate leaders in one room with an epic view of the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline? A renewed and inspired focus towards urgently needed conservation efforts to recover our oceans. Last weekend Marine Conservation Institute’s Board of Directors met at the Bullitt … Continue reading Twelve Passionate Leaders
We are excited to report that Marine Conservation Institute president Lance Morgan was featured as a guest blogger on the Virgin Unite website today. Read about some of the complexities of protecting important ocean places in a scientific and systematic way. We are grateful for Virgin Unite’s interest and support of the Global Ocean Refuge … Continue reading See our Guest Post about the Global Ocean Refuge System on the Virgin Unite Website!
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity and important ocean places, applauds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for expanding the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries. As announced in the Federal Register today, this action will more than double the combined size of the existing sanctuaries from approximately … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds NOAA Announcement to More Than Double the Size of the Northern California Marine Sanctuaries
Last week I had the opportunity to address the United Nations as part of a high-level symposium organized by the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance. You can watch my comments online; scroll to about 1:50 minutes. I also encourage you to catch the comments by Drs. Callum Roberts and Ellen Pikitch prior to mine, and the other marine … Continue reading Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, will unveil a report today at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, that shows how well G20 (Group of Twenty) countries are protecting their ocean areas. Similar to the annual SeaStates US report that Marine Conservation Institute last … Continue reading New Report Shows that Most G20 Member Countries Are Strongly Protecting Less than 1% of the Ocean Area in their Jurisdiction
On August 13th Elliott Norse and I hosted the first Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) workshop at the University of Glasgow the day before the official start of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3). Establishing rigorous and transparent scientific criteria for ensuring the effectiveness of marine protected areas is a complex and academically challenging endeavor. … Continue reading Marine Experts Meet to Define Criteria for the Global Ocean Refuge System
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, is hosting an all-day workshop with 19 top marine scientists today to discuss criteria for the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). The workshop is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, a day before the 3rd annual International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3) takes place there. Dr. Elliott Norse, … Continue reading Scientists Gather at International Marine Conservation Congress to Develop Global Ocean Refuge System Criteria