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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

Port State Measures Agreement

Marking an important turning point for the fight against IUU fishing

June is a month of important turning points: the solstice on June 21st when summer officially begins; World Oceans Day on June 8th, which heralds a changing relationship between humans and the ocean that supports all of us, and June 4-5th when the course of WWII in the Pacific changed in a climactic battle between … Continue reading Port State Measures Agreement

North America is failing to make a splash on conservation of marine protected areas; progress is minimal

[Ottawa, Canada  &  Seattle, US] – In the first ever joint assessment of progress on marine protected areas (MPAs) in North America, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Marine Conservation Institute (MCI) find that Canada, Mexico and the USA have a long way to go to collectively and individually reach international and national … Continue reading North America is failing to make a splash on conservation of marine protected areas; progress is minimal

We’re a Finalist!

The Classy Awards recognize the most innovative organizations and initiatives. GLORES is in great company!

Marine Conservation Institute is a Classy Awards Finalist, one of the 100 most innovative nonprofits and social enterprises of 2016! This is the largest social impact awards ceremony of its kind and we couldn’t be more excited to share the Global Ocean Refuge System initiative with the global community as an innovative tool to safeguard our … Continue reading We’re a Finalist!

An ocean of concern as the G7 nations prepare to meet

What are these nations doing to conserve biodiversity with marine protected areas?

When leaders of the world’s seven most industrialized nations meet in Japan May 26-27 their decisions on key issues- such as how to energize a frail global economy and restrain the spread of terrorism- will likely capture the news headlines. But the leaders of the United States, Canada, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, … Continue reading An ocean of concern as the G7 nations prepare to meet

Our greatest successes!

Celebrating two decades of ocean conservation

This year, Marine Conservation Institute celebrates 20 years of conservation successes! Over the past two decades we have celebrated many accomplishments towards our mission to protect the oceans. Founded as Marine Conservation Biology Institute in 1996, our science and policy staff effectively bridge research and advocacy to create and expand marine protected areas, secure protections for threatened and … Continue reading Our greatest successes!