Officially proclaimed World Oceans Month, this past June brought a series of impressive announcements about new initiatives to protect our oceans. From President Obama’s proposal to create the world’s largest marine monument around the US Pacific Remote Islands to New Zealand formally declaring the Akaroa Marine Reserve, June 2014 will be remembered by ocean advocates … Continue reading MPA Campaign Tracker Reveals the Behind-the-Scenes Work Towards Saving Our Oceans
Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2014, hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, once again brought together marine professionals, government officials and ocean advocates to discuss the most current and pressing marine issues. Affectionately called CHOW, this conference provides an opportunity to network with other conservationists and share ideas of how to support and advance ocean … Continue reading What Really Happened at Capitol Hill Oceans Week?
Join leading marine, natural and social scientists asking President Obama to “dramatically accelerate protections for U.S. waters” in no-take marine reserves. We are seeking scientists from around the world to show their support for this. Why now? As you may be aware, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his State Department are hosting the … Continue reading Calling All Marine Scientists – Support Marine Reserves!
How much of the world’s ocean have humans safeguarded within reserves, refuges and parks to protect marine biodiversity? It is tricky to provide a single clear answer to this question for a number of reasons. It’s trickier still to say which of them are effective at conservation because any number of planning, management and enforcement … Continue reading How Much of Our Ocean Is Protected?
In 2006 Marine Conservation Institute was instrumental in advocating for President Bush’s designation of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). As the iconic marine mammal of Papahānaumokuākea, the plight of the Hawaiian monk seal attracted our attention. The species was then, and continues to be, critically endangered, numbering only about 900 … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Helps Persuade NOAA to Restore Hawaiian Monk Seal Funding to $4 Million
The island nation of Palau located in the western Pacific Ocean recently announced that it intended to eliminate commercial fishing so that they could build a robust tourism-based economy that focused on healthy resilient ocean ecosystems. Palau will declare its entire 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to be a 100% marine sanctuary with … Continue reading Palau Gets It! Ocean Protection Expected to Pay Big Dividend
When the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred in 2010, the fragility of the Gulf of Mexico was thrust into the limelight. Instead of the usual happy images of families on vacation, fishermen on the water, and glowing sunsets, the public experienced a five-month-long flood of oiled beaches, dead and dying animals, and small towns in economic … Continue reading Gulf Gems Still Shining – But What Does the Future Hold?
Marine Conservation Institute today announced it has released a new report, Gulf Gems: Treasured Places in Troubled Waters, highlighting critical areas in the Gulf of Mexico. The document aims to bring awareness to important places in the Gulf that are currently unprotected or under-protected from extractive and potentially damaging human activities. When the Deepwater Horizon … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Releases Gulf Gems Report Highlighting Critical Areas to Protect in the Gulf of Mexico
Several interesting scientific papers have recently documented the benefits of marine protected areas and the challenges associated with ensuring they do what we want them to do. Two of these reports stood out because they confirm what Marine Conservation Institute has been emphasizing for years; that “watering down” marine protected areas is ineffective for conservation. … Continue reading How to Not “Water Down” Marine Protected Areas
We recently launched Marine Conservation Today, our new online newspaper delivering the most recent, exciting and important stories happening in the marine world. Every weekday we read through multiple credible and distinguished news sources to bring you the top stories relating to marine protected areas, coral reefs, fisheries, marine mammals and more. Monday through Friday, … Continue reading Now You Can Get Our Daily Catch of Ocean News on Marine Conservation Today!