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Cortes and Tanner Banks: Recreation and Biodiversity Hotspots

Featured Pic: Brown stony corals (Coenocyathus bowersi, foreground) and pink hydrocorals (Stylaster californicus, background) provide habitat for a large school of rockfish at Cortes Bank. Photo courtesy of NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute     Cortes and Tanner Banks Cortes and Tanner Banks are twin seamounts located approximately … Continue reading Cortes and Tanner Banks: Recreation and Biodiversity Hotspots

Gorda and Mendocino Ridges – California’s Test Cases for Deep-Sea Mining

Featured Pic: A diverse assemblage of benthic organisms on a sponge garden at Mendocino Ridge. Image courtesy of NOAA NWFSC. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute The Gorda and Mendocino Ridges are a complex series of oceanic ridges just off the coast of northern California, and are home to unique deep-sea ecosystems including hydrothermal … Continue reading Gorda and Mendocino Ridges – California’s Test Cases for Deep-Sea Mining

Davidson Seamount: A Deep-Sea Oasis

Featured Pic: Yellow Picasso sponge and white sponges on Davidson Seamount. Image courtesy of NOAA and MBARI. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Davidson Seamount is an underwater volcano located just 75 miles off the coast of California. Its summit rises an impressive 7500 feet above the surrounding seafloor, yet still remains … Continue reading Davidson Seamount: A Deep-Sea Oasis

Year End Bonus: Marine Biodiversity Boosted by Massive Conservation Areas

Huge Ocean Areas Now Strongly Protected in Reserves as 2017 Comes to a Close

This a quarterly update from the Atlas of Marine Protection (mpatlas.org) team. Be sure to visit mpatlas.org for the latest information and analyses on marine protected area coverage worldwide. It’s a good day to be a krill, penguin, seal, toothfish, or an orca. They have been waiting a whole year for the Ross Sea Protected Area to … Continue reading Year End Bonus: Marine Biodiversity Boosted by Massive Conservation Areas

Research Fellow Dr. Sara Maxwell Receives Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship

Seattle, WA—February 25, 2016— Marine Conservation Institute Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University, Dr. Sara Maxwell, is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. Awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 1955, the fellowship honors early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements identify them as the next generation of … Continue reading Research Fellow Dr. Sara Maxwell Receives Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship

How can marine protected areas save our oceans from climate change?

  The ocean is home to some of the world’s most astounding creatures, ecosystems and phenomena. From the breathtaking seascapes of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the haunting backdrop of the polar icecaps, the ocean supports a staggeringly high level of biodiversity. This biodiversity is what sustains us; from shellfish industries that support coastal economies … Continue reading How can marine protected areas save our oceans from climate change?

Cape Falcon Paves the Way for Marine Protection in 2016

On January 1st, 2016, Cape Falcon Marine Reserve was officially implemented off the north Oregon Coast, becoming the second largest reserve of the Oregon States Marine Reserve network. The new marine reserve is 12.4 sq. mi. (32.4 km2) and prohibits all ocean development as well as marine life harvesting from Tillamook Head to Cape Falcon. … Continue reading Cape Falcon Paves the Way for Marine Protection in 2016

Journey to Extinction

The story of overfished, under-protected and exploited sea creatures

When a species goes extinct, it does so quietly. However, that loss rings loudly throughout the ecosystems and food webs, permanently altering the way other creatures live, including humans. In a world where many people are extraordinarily removed from the plight of the other species that co-exist with us, it’s hard to put into the … Continue reading Journey to Extinction

America’s Wildlife Refuges on the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

Hanging over the celebrations of Thanksgiving this year is the threat of severe funding cuts from the fast approaching Fiscal Cliff. The National Wildlife Refuge System – the largest system of lands and waters protected for wildlife – faces a 10-20% cut to current funding, totaling approximately $50 – $100 million – but the overall … Continue reading America’s Wildlife Refuges on the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff