Tag Archives: marine protected areas

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: 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

California’s Ancient Islands May Receive Additional Protections

Congressman takes groundbreaking step to safeguard deep-sea treasures off California

CALIFORNIA — Congressman Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have introduced landmark legislation to safeguard a series of underwater mountains and the marine wildlife they support in the deep sea off California. Known as “seamounts,” these extraordinary places are highly productive ‘oases’ in the deep sea. Off California, seamounts support rare deep‐water corals and … Continue reading California’s Ancient Islands May Receive Additional Protections

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

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

The Future of Marine Conservation: Local and Global Perspective

Memorial University of Newfoundland's GLORES workshop final report is out!

We are pleased to share our publication ‘The Future of Marine Conservation: Local and Global Perspective’.  The report comes from our successful workshop last year at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the meeting was hosted by the Geography Department of MUN, Too Big Too Ignore – Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research and Marine Conservation Institute.  … Continue reading The Future of Marine Conservation: Local and Global Perspective

How Much is Enough?

One of the questions I am asked most frequently is how much of the ocean do we need to protect? I often reflect philosophically on the response from Dr. Sylvia Earle (Marine Conservation Institute Board Member, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, and Mission Blue founder), “More than half the world is ocean, the blue heart of … Continue reading How Much is Enough?

Marine Conservation Institute Urges the Preparatory Committee on Sustainable Use and Conservation of Marine Diversity on the High Seas to Include Fully-Protected Areas as a Key Goal of New Agreement

Washington, DC—March 28, 2016—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, urges international negotiators at a United Nation’s committee preparing recommendations for conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity on the high seas to establish a robust process to fully-protect key areas.  Our planet is over 70 percent ocean and life on Earth … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Urges the Preparatory Committee on Sustainable Use and Conservation of Marine Diversity on the High Seas to Include Fully-Protected Areas as a Key Goal of New Agreement