A recent study published in the journal Evolutionary Applications provides new insights into the effectiveness of no-take marine reserves for protecting large pelagic fish. The benefits of marine reserves for migratory and pelagic fish species have long been questioned because these protected areas often only encompass a small fraction of the habitats these fish use … Continue reading Evolutionary Effects: How Marine Reserves Create Cautious Fish
This year, Marine Conservation Institute celebrates 20 years of conservation successes! Over the past two decades we have celebrated many accomplishments towards our mission to protect the oceans. Founded as Marine Conservation Biology Institute in 1996, our science and policy staff effectively bridge research and advocacy to create and expand marine protected areas, secure protections for threatened and … Continue reading Our greatest successes!
SEATTLE — Today, at the Our Oceans Conference in Valparaiso, Chile, several counties announced new commitments to highly protected marine areas and moved other commitments to confirmed or designated status. The United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Chile were among the countries making these commitments to strongly protect areas around the Pitcairn Islands, the Kermadec Islands, … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds New Marine Protected Areas Announced at Our Oceans Conference Today
Marine biologists Mark Costello and Bill Ballantine from Leigh Marine Laboratory in New Zealand recently published a new study stressing the critical importance of no-take marine reserves for marine biodiversity conservation. While a growing body of scientific literature has documented the undeniable value of no-take reserves for protecting marine biodiversity, most marine protected area (MPA) research now … Continue reading Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?
Marine Protected Areas. Marine Reserves. Marine National Monuments. Marine Sanctuaries. Locally Managed Marine Areas. These terms are often thrown around in policy briefings, official documents and by the media. But what really constitutes a protected area in our oceans? How should we classify and define these vague terms? As countries strive to protect 10% … Continue reading When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area?
Last week I had the opportunity to address the United Nations as part of a high-level symposium organized by the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance. You can watch my comments online; scroll to about 1:50 minutes. I also encourage you to catch the comments by Drs. Callum Roberts and Ellen Pikitch prior to mine, and the other marine … Continue reading Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations
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!