Tag Archives: marine biodiversity

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

Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks

Our oceans are home to a number of globally rare habitats that marine animals rely on. These areas are often characterized by the presence of endemic species and are usually teeming with life. Unfortunately, the qualities that make these places unique also make them incredibly vulnerable. Seamounts—undersea mountains—have been at the center of recent conservation … Continue reading Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks

5 Reasons Why We LOVE Palau

  The Republic of Palau is an up and coming destination for divers, tourists and adventurers. With turquoise waters and incredible dive sites, Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. This tropical destination has caught our attention as a marine conservation superstar – here’s why! 1. For many years, the Republic of … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why We LOVE Palau

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

Establishing a MPA is Sometimes More Than Just a Family (National) Affair

Disputed Conservation in the South China Sea

In an effort to achieve the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) goal of strongly protecting at least 30% of our ocean by 2030 to sufficiently “protect biodiversity, preserve ecosystem services, and achieve socioeconomic priorities,” many countries have ramped up their efforts to designate more marine protected areas (MPAs). Following this trend, Philippines’ … Continue reading Establishing a MPA is Sometimes More Than Just a Family (National) Affair

Gaining Momentum Towards Representative Marine Protection

Reviewing Aichi Target 11 goals

Great leaps in ocean conservation occurred recently after announcements of new protections were made at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and Our Ocean conference. Marine protected areas (MPAs) of all scales were created, from the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a staggering 582,578 square miles in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the creation of … Continue reading Gaining Momentum Towards Representative Marine Protection

Our Ocean 2016

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

IUCN World Conservation Congress Passes Motion to Protect 30% of Ocean by 2030 by Large Margin

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds IUCN Action Adopting Much Needed Ocean Protection Vision

  Honolulu, Hawaii— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the world’s oceans, applauds the nations and organizations at the IUCN World Conservation Congress for approving a motion (Motion #53) that urges world leaders to protect 30% of the planet’s oceans by 2030. A week after President Obama visited Midway Atoll and … Continue reading IUCN World Conservation Congress Passes Motion to Protect 30% of Ocean by 2030 by Large Margin

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

When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area?

  Marine Protected Areas. Marine Reserves. Marine National Monuments. Marine Sanctuaries. Locally Managed Marine Areas. These terms are often thrown around in policy briefings, official documents and by the media. But what really constitutes a protected area in our oceans? How should we classify and define these vague terms? As countries strive to protect 10% … Continue reading When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area?