Well-regulated and well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) established in biologically significant places benefit marine wildlife . 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
Here at MPAtlas.org we often get asked how much of the ocean would be protected as a result of various proposed and promised marine protected areas (MPAs). In order to help visitors to MPAtlas.org see the results for themselves, we’ve created the Ocean Protection Calculator. As you can see from the tool below, it is … Continue reading The Ocean Protection Calculator
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
This week we celebrate habitat protections for deep-sea corals along the Atlantic coastline, named in honor of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. Nearly 40,000 sq mi of the seafloor are now off limits to fishing gears that can damage these ancient and fragile critters. Marine Conservation Institute has been working to protect deep-sea corals for … Continue reading Celebrating the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area!
We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System Partner Spotlight on Joakim Odelberg! Joakim is one of the most contracted and respected photographers/filmers/underwater filmmakers in Sweden. His devotion to nature, both on land and in the sea, has reached beyond Swedish borders. He is frequently booked for lectures in Sweden and around the world. … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Joakim Odelberg
New York – The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution yesterday calling on countries to redouble their efforts to protect deep-ocean species and ecosystems from the destructive impacts of deep-sea fishing. The resolution was adopted following a ten-year review of the implementation of landmark UN resolutions committing high-seas fishing nations to stop damaging vulnerable … Continue reading United Nations General Assembly Calls on High Seas Fishing Nations to Redouble Their Efforts to Protect Deep-Sea Biodiversity
Seattle, WA—In a report released today, Marine Conservation Institute highlights that the U.S. has strongly protected 23% of all federal and state waters in marine reserves (over 1,087,000 sq mi), nearly double the 632,300 sq mi – or 13%– strongly protected as of 2015. The SeaStates 2016 report is a rigorous, quantitative accounting of strongly … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds U.S. Progress Towards International Marine Conservation Targets Under the Leadership of President Barack Obama
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
Marine Conservation Institute’s 20th-anniversary celebration was a fantastic event. We were so excited to welcome everyone to our 20th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco’s gorgeous General’s Residence at Fort Mason. The younger generations representing Heirs To Our Oceans and Racing with Copepods stole people’s hearts throughout the evening and were “over the moon” to learn about … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!
This blog was originally published by SCUBAverse. From underwater mountains larger than any on land, to tropical reefs home to thousands of species, the ocean holds unparalleled beauty. Marine protected areas (MPAs) safeguard life in the sea by managing human visitation and consumption. While some types of MPAs have strict protections and are no-go areas, … Continue reading Scuba Diving Our Way to a Blue Planet