Tag Archives: MPAs

Promoting Healthy Oceans: The Global Ocean Refuge System

Healthy oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity, yet oceans are severely impacted worldwide by human activities, including overfishing, climate change, industrialization, pollution and habitat destruction. The solution? Marine protected areas (MPAs). “Oceans include about 97% of Earth’s water, offer 99% of the living space on our planet, and provide more than half the … Continue reading Promoting Healthy Oceans: The Global Ocean Refuge System

Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Provide Protections from Climate Change

Currently, only 3.5 percent of the ocean is protected [1], and just 1.6 percent has strong protections. This is a far cry from the goal of 10 percent by 2020 under the Convention on Biological Diversity and Sustainable Development, and is even further from the 30 percent recommended by scientists [2]. A paper recently published … Continue reading Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Provide Protections from Climate Change

Evolutionary Effects: How Marine Reserves Create Cautious Fish

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

A Return To An Extraordinary Place

I have to blog.  It’s in my blood, even if nobody ever reads it.  But I just came back from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I could say I was there to see the maples, which are greener this week than Seattle’s maples are.  I could say I went there to see the street birds or the … Continue reading A Return To An Extraordinary Place

When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area?

  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?