Tag Archives: MPA

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

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

Community Support Boosts MPA Success

A primary goal of the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) initiative is to promote Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that succeed in protecting marine biodiversity. An official name and boundaries on a map are a good start, but they are not enough to make an MPA successful. For true protection to happen, an MPA must also … Continue reading Community Support Boosts MPA Success

The evaluations for the inaugural Global Ocean Refuge award nominees are live

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The best way to maintain our oceans’ biological diversity, abundance and resilience is by protecting marine life and their ecosystems through strong and effective marine protected areas. Marine scientists agree that 30% of the ocean needs to be strongly protected. Currently, less than 1% of the ocean is safeguarded in this manner. Many of the … Continue reading The evaluations for the inaugural Global Ocean Refuge award nominees are live

5 Reasons Why We LOVE Palau

  The Republic of Palau is an up and coming destination for divers, tourists and adventurers. With turquoise waters and incredible dive sites, Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. This tropical destination has caught our attention as a marine conservation superstar – here’s why! 1. For many years, the Republic of … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why We LOVE Palau

Conserving shark populations

Large, high-quality marine protected areas work

Well-regulated and well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) established in biologically significant places benefit marine wildlife [1]. One lingering question, however, has been about the value of MPAs for conserving highly-mobile species, like sharks, that move easily across their boundaries. Robust shark populations are necessary to keep marine ecosystems healthy, and many shark populations are threatened … Continue reading Conserving shark populations

The Ocean Protection Calculator

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

Establishing a MPA is Sometimes More Than Just a Family (National) Affair

Disputed Conservation in the South China Sea

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

Gaining Momentum Towards Representative Marine Protection

Reviewing Aichi Target 11 goals

Great leaps in ocean conservation occurred recently after announcements of new protections were made at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and Our Ocean conference. Marine protected areas (MPAs) of all scales were created, from the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a staggering 582,578 square miles in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the creation of … Continue reading Gaining Momentum Towards Representative Marine Protection

Marine Conservation Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Marine Conservation Institute’s 20th-anniversary celebration was a fantastic event. We were so excited to welcome everyone to our 20th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco’s gorgeous General’s Residence at Fort Mason. The younger generations representing Heirs To Our Oceans and Racing with Copepods stole people’s hearts throughout the evening and were “over the moon” to learn about … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!