Tag Archives: marine protected areas

Announcing the 2018 GLORES Award Nominees

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Feature Image, pics clockwise from top left: Alexandra Rose, Alberto Romeo, Winfried Bruenken, Piotr Zurek, Coimbra68, Jakob Owens   Leading marine scientists recommend managing 30% of the ocean  in strong, no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) to ensure healthy oceans. Our Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) initiative works towards that 30% goal through setting clear, science-based standards for effective ocean … Continue reading Announcing the 2018 GLORES Award Nominees

Marine nature conservation must focus on fully-protected reserves, not resource management

Guest post by GLORES Science Council Member Dr. Mark Costello Why protect nature? There are many good reasons for people to conserve biodiversity. Biodiversity is what our lives and ecosystems depend upon, and it includes natural resources that must be used wisely so that they can continue being harvested in the future. Over thousands of … Continue reading Marine nature conservation must focus on fully-protected reserves, not resource management

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Earth Law Center

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Earth Law Center! Earth Law Center (ELC) works to transform the law to recognize and protect nature’s inherent rights to exist, thrive and evolve. ELC seeks systemic change: an evolution of environmental governance that prevents environmental degradation beyond the point … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Earth Law Center

Leading the Effort to Ensure that Global Marine Protection Efforts Fulfill Global Promises

The global community is pushing forward on promises to achieve internationally agreed upon levels of environmental protection, and marine scientists are working diligently to evaluate the efficacy of these actions. Definitions are being refined, levels of protection are being researched, and “on the water” implementation is being evaluated. Marine Conservation Institute is leading this work … Continue reading Leading the Effort to Ensure that Global Marine Protection Efforts Fulfill Global Promises

Seagrass: More than Meets the Eye

By Jessica Knoth, Marine Conservation Institute Intern & Photographer Underwater forests and meadows are not so different from their terrestrial cousins. In place of deer and small critters, fish dart among the submerged grass. Seals glide through the water, much like bears patrolling the woods, and kelp sways overhead instead of evergreens. Just as terrestrial plants … Continue reading Seagrass: More than Meets the Eye

Status Watch: How Well Are Coral Reefs Protected Around the World?

Tropical coral reefs are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. Often called the ‘rainforests’ of our oceans, coral reefs host incredible levels of biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services that many organisms – including humans – rely on. Globally, coral reefs cover less than 0.1% of our seafloor, but provide … Continue reading Status Watch: How Well Are Coral Reefs Protected Around the World?

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee and Too Big To Ignore

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council, and her project, Too Big To Ignore! Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee is a professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada. She … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee and Too Big To Ignore

Celebrating Ocean Protection Progress

Today, let’s celebrate the progress that has been made to protect our oceans. The world has come a long way and, though more work is needed to reach conservation targets and ensure long-term ocean health, momentum is on our side. With groups like Sin Azul No Hay Verde and heads of state at major conferences advancing … Continue reading Celebrating Ocean Protection Progress

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Rodolphe Devillers

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Rodolphe Devillers, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Devillers is Professor of Geography at Memorial University, leading the Marine Geomatics Research Lab. He specializes in geographic methods to support marine conservation, fisheries, and ocean management. … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Rodolphe Devillers

Scaling Up the Blue Economy and Breaking Down Barriers to Ocean Conservation

I had the great pleasure of participating in The Economist’s World Ocean Summit earlier this month with nearly 400 other ocean stakeholders and conservation leaders. The meeting, billed as an opportunity to learn more about commitments made by businesses and governments to advance the “Blue Economy”, was a chance to check in on progress made … Continue reading Scaling Up the Blue Economy and Breaking Down Barriers to Ocean Conservation