On December 1, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing regarding several bills aimed at amending the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA for short, was originally passed in 1976, and its goal was to prevent overfishing and effectively manage fish stocks in the US by creating regional fishery … Continue reading Recent Hearing with the House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Marine Conservation Institute thought we would share what we are thankful for: Caryl Garcia, Vice President for Operations: I’m grateful to be living in these “interesting times”—really! It is in times of challenge that you can clearly see the greatness in people, their generosity of spirit, their passions, their willingness … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Thanksgiving!
As the US government attempts to restore fiscal responsibility, Marine Conservation Institute argues that drastically cutting funds for vital ocean and coastal conservation programs is NOT the answer to our nation’s financial woes. By conserving our ecosystems, we are investing in our future. Congress is currently determining the fiscal fate for the National Oceanic and … Continue reading Conserving our Natural Resources Will Help the Economy and Our Future!
Yesterday, the US Senate approved the combined FY12 Appropriations bills for Commerce, Justice, and Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The combination of 3 appropriations bills is being called a “minibus” (an omnibus is when all appropriations bills are combined; as this includes 3 bills, it’s a … Continue reading Senate Approves FY12 Funding for NOAA and other Government spending!
On July 19, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13547, “Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes,” known as the National Ocean Policy. The executive order establishes a national policy to protect, maintain and restore the ecological health of our ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, and to promote sustainable uses of these … Continue reading National Ocean Policy Hearing
Check out what’s going on currently in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and the efforts there to save some of our endangered species! Marine Conservation Institute was a strong advocate of the designation of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and we continue to support efforts to protect the resources there. Hawaiian birds get new home in case … Continue reading Helping Species in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Check out this great article from the Washington Post, featuring our President and CEO, Elliott Norse, PhD: Scientists Call for End to Deep-Sea Fishing By Juliet Eilperin, Published: September 6 Industrial fishing in the deep sea should be banned because it has depleted fish stocks that take longer to recover than other species, according to … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute in the News!
Kingman Reef: Black Reef vs. Pristine Reef (photos: Gareth Williams and Jim Maragos) Imagine turquoise waters teeming with vibrant corals, colorful fish, graceful turtles, and menacing sharks. Now imagine cloudy ocean waters crowded with dark red and black algae and bacteria, devoid of wildlife. Unfortunately, the latter is happening in some of our nation’s reefs. … Continue reading Degraded Reefs in One of Our Monuments
Here’s this week’s roundup of interesting news stories that relate to our work at Marine Conservation Institute. As always, let us know what you think! Researchers rescue seals caught in marine debris Houston Chronicle: Researchers rescued nine Hawaiian monk seals caught in fish nets and other marine debris this summer during an annual trip to … Continue reading The Latest News!
Here are some of the news articles that we think are interesting, intriguing, and important! Take a look at them, and tell us what you think. We want to hear from YOU! $3M center planned for Hawaiian monk seals AP (via Mercury News): A California center is planning to build a $3 million rehabilitation center … Continue reading This Week’s News Highlights!