By Michael Gravitz, Director of Policy & Legislation at Marine Conservation Institute People often ask us how the oceans are doing and whether things are getting better or worse for them. It’s natural to get that question a lot around International Oceans Day, June 8th, when there is more attention in the media about all … Continue reading Happy World Oceans Day!
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
Seattle, WA — Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke today submitted undisclosed recommendations to the White House on the fate of two dozen land and marine monuments culminating a process begun in April when President Trump issued Executive Order 13792. The unprecedented review questioned the validity and need for 21 land monuments and 5 marine monuments created … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Critical of Secretary of Interior Zinke’s Review of Marine National Monuments
Our oceans are home to a number of globally rare habitats that marine animals rely on. These areas are often characterized by the presence of endemic species and are usually teeming with life. Unfortunately, the qualities that make these places unique also make them incredibly vulnerable. Seamounts—undersea mountains—have been at the center of recent conservation … Continue reading Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks
Here at MPAtlas.org we often get asked how much of the ocean would be protected as a result of various proposed and promised marine protected areas (MPAs). In order to help visitors to MPAtlas.org see the results for themselves, we’ve created the Ocean Protection Calculator. As you can see from the tool below, it is … Continue reading The Ocean Protection Calculator
In an effort to achieve the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) goal of strongly protecting at least 30% of our ocean by 2030 to sufficiently “protect biodiversity, preserve ecosystem services, and achieve socioeconomic priorities,” many countries have ramped up their efforts to designate more marine protected areas (MPAs). Following this trend, Philippines’ … Continue reading Establishing a MPA is Sometimes More Than Just a Family (National) Affair
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?
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity and important ocean places, applauds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for expanding the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries. As announced in the Federal Register today, this action will more than double the combined size of the existing sanctuaries from approximately … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds NOAA Announcement to More Than Double the Size of the Northern California Marine Sanctuaries
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
Recently, our policy team met with a delegation of fishery research scientists and engineers from China to discuss marine conservation at home and abroad. The delegation hailed from Hainan, a palm tree-studded island in the South China Sea, where they work at the Hainan Academy of Ocean and Fisheries Sciences. Hainan is home to over 8 … Continue reading Delegation of Chinese Scientists Visit Marine Conservation Institute in DC