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Island Earth

Hokule'a takes Environmental Message to the World Conservation Congress

This September, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature is holding its World Conservation Congress, and this year participants aren’t just flying to the conference in Hawai’i. A few adventurous conservationists are sailing to the meeting, without the standard navigational aids. Their boat is a 62 foot long double-hulled canoe called the Hokule’a that … Continue reading Island Earth

Employing science to safeguard marine life with GLORES

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

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

Seamounts ARE Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems

The concept of a vulnerable marine ecosystem, commonly referred to by its acronym VME, in high seas marine conservation management is about a decade old. United Nations General Assembly resolution 61/105 called “upon States to take action immediately, individually and through regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements, and consistent with the precautionary approach and ecosystem … Continue reading Seamounts ARE Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems

Envisioning Shades of Ocean Blue

Art revealing beautiful ocean places in need of conservation

From ancient1 to modern times, visual arts have sent powerful messages to audiences on the well-being of the natural world. The oceans are a source of inspiration for many artists, providing subjects such as marine life, seascapes and marine ecosystems negatively impacted by human activity. Like the tiles of a mosaic2, every element of the oceans work … Continue reading Envisioning Shades of Ocean Blue

Seamounts: oases of biodiversity in California’s deep waters

Beneath the deep waters off the coast of California exist submarine mountains that rise thousands of feet off the seafloor and harbor an incredible diversity of marine life. These underwater mountains are known as seamounts, classically defined as seafloor features that are taller than 1,000 m (3,300 feet), have steep sides and are roughly circular … Continue reading Seamounts: oases of biodiversity in California’s deep waters

Tragedy and Hope on the High Seas

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

Protecting Our Oceans and Pushing the Social Enterprise Movement Forward with WeShop.org

Marine Conservation Institute is proudly partnering with WeShop.org for the month of July. WeShop.org is based in Vancouver, Canada, and structured as a Community Contribution Company (CCC) where 60% of their shareholder distributions go to social and environmental causes. To put things into perspective, if Microsoft were structured as a CCC, $5.9 billion would have … Continue reading Protecting Our Oceans and Pushing the Social Enterprise Movement Forward with WeShop.org

We’re gonna need a bigger sanctuary

Celebrating progress in shark conservation, but more is needed

It is Shark Week and sharks are once again at the forefront of our public consciousness. Thanks to terrifying portrayals in movies like Jaws and this summer’s The Shallows, sharks have a reputation as blood-thirsty killers. But, if anything, sharks should be more frightened of humans than vice versa. Every year, humans kill over 100 … Continue reading We’re gonna need a bigger sanctuary

Going in for the Krill: Why Whales Love the California Coast

The California coast is a whale-watcher’s paradise. Not only can you find the world’s largest population of the world’s largest whale – the blue whale – here in the northeastern Pacific, but at certain times of year a lucky whale-watcher can spot up to four of the five species of whales that frequent these waters … Continue reading Going in for the Krill: Why Whales Love the California Coast