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
Source: Maragos, FWS Marine Conservation Institute’s President, Lance Morgan, has posted the 2012 President’s Report summarizing some of the important work and major accomplishments of this year.The mission of Marine Conservation Institute is to use the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world, and then advocate for their protection, for us and … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute’s Accomplishments in 2012
We would like to take a moment to offer our most sincere condolences to the friends and family of those who were lost in the tragic grounding of the Costa Concordia on Friday, January 13. Our hearts go out to those who are grieving, as we cannot begin to comprehend their loss. The tragedy that … Continue reading Debris from the Costa Concordia Wreckage Threaten a Marine Sanctuary
As Independence Day draws near, a number of things are sure to run through your mind: what am I going to wear this weekend? Do I have enough red, white, and blue? Where are we going to sit for the fireworks? Is the barbecue set up? Often, we tend to focus on the tradition-side of … Continue reading This Weekend: Protect the Land (and Water) of the Free and the Home of the Brave!