Tag Archives: marine reserves

Taney Seamounts: Collapsed Calderas and New Species

Featured Pic: Chaunacops coloratus, a rare species of anglerfish discovered in 1891and filmed in the wild for the first time at the Taney Seamounts. Photo courtesy of NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   The Taney Seamounts are a chain of five seamounts spanning a distance of 33 miles across the seafloor off … Continue reading Taney Seamounts: Collapsed Calderas and New Species

Rodriguez Seamount – A Geologic Rarity

Featured Pic:  Pillow lava, a unique type of basalt rock that forms during underwater volcanic eruptions. Photo courtesy NOAA. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Rodriguez Seamount is a 10–12 million-year-old seamount located approximately 42 miles off the coast of southern California. It towers over a mile above the seafloor, with its tallest … Continue reading Rodriguez Seamount – A Geologic Rarity

Rose Atoll Abides

A Special Island in A Sea of Change

Ten years ago this month in January 2009, President George W. Bush designated a small island and coral reef system in American Samoa a marine national monument, called Rose Atoll. It is named so after its rosy pink corals. The monument protects 10,000 square miles of ocean from any commercial fishing or other extraction. Since … Continue reading Rose Atoll Abides

Our 2018 Conservation Priorities

This year promises to be an interesting and exciting one for marine conservation, and we’re ready to meet its opportunities and challenges head-on for our oceans. We will continue advocating for strong protection of our oceans, strengthening our initiatives and working with you to safeguard marine biodiversity. Here’s a preview of our plans for this … Continue reading Our 2018 Conservation Priorities

Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates US 2017

Our Atlas of Marine Protection (MPAtlas.org) team has released its annual review of US marine protection levels for 2017. They update the SeaStates US report annually to ensure it is the most rigorous, quantitative, and topical accounting of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the waters of US coastal states and territories. First published in 2013, the … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates US 2017

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Costello

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Mark Costello, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Mark J. Costello is based in the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he has coordinated the post-graduate course in Marine Protected … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Costello

IMPAC4 Highlights Pt. 2

Because there's so much more to share!

Last week, the marine protected area community came together for the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile. Members of our team were there presenting two of our major marine conservation initiatives, MPAtlas.org and the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). Our friends at OpenChannels provided IMPAC4 live-blog coverage and here are more highlights from the week: Marine Conservation … Continue reading IMPAC4 Highlights Pt. 2

What it Takes to Become a Global Ocean Refuge

The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) is designed to incentivize strong protection of life in the sea by providing recognition to marine protected areas (MPAs) that are effectively safeguarding marine wildlife according to science-based standards. But how do we identify the good MPAs? A considerable body of scientific literature has focused on identifying protected area … Continue reading What it Takes to Become a Global Ocean Refuge

Analysis shows overwhelming public support for marine monuments and sanctuaries

More than 99% of comments support the marine monuments & sanctuaries

Washington, D.C. —  An analysis of public comments on the fate of U.S. marine monuments and sanctuaries found over 99% of Americans supporting one or all of those blue parks. Following a 45-day public comment period in which over 53,000 official comments were filed with the Department of Commerce concerning the creation or expansion of … Continue reading Analysis shows overwhelming public support for marine monuments and sanctuaries

Marine Conservation Institute Joins NGOs, Senators and 2.5 Million Commenters in Asking Trump Administration to Protect Marine Monuments

Washington, D.C. — Marine Conservation Institute, a marine science organization working on the Pacific marine monuments since 2005 and a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, joins the nonprofit organizations and Senators here today, together with over 2.5 million people* who have submitted comments to the Department of Interior. We … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Joins NGOs, Senators and 2.5 Million Commenters in Asking Trump Administration to Protect Marine Monuments