Tag Archives: MPAs

Celebrating Ocean Protection Progress

Today, let’s celebrate the progress that has been made to protect our oceans. The world has come a long way and, though more work is needed to reach conservation targets and ensure long-term ocean health, momentum is on our side. With groups like Sin Azul No Hay Verde and heads of state at major conferences advancing … Continue reading Celebrating Ocean Protection Progress

Mangroves: Unsung Allies in the Climate Change Fight

Mangroves like their land coastal and their water salty. This tree and shrub family is adapted to spend their lives between land and saltwater, sometimes growing up to 200 feet tall in the process. Mangroves can have their roots in shallow, salty water because they are also exposed to air for part of the day. … Continue reading Mangroves: Unsung Allies in the Climate Change Fight

Scaling Up the Blue Economy and Breaking Down Barriers to Ocean Conservation

I had the great pleasure of participating in The Economist’s World Ocean Summit earlier this month with nearly 400 other ocean stakeholders and conservation leaders. The meeting, billed as an opportunity to learn more about commitments made by businesses and governments to advance the “Blue Economy”, was a chance to check in on progress made … Continue reading Scaling Up the Blue Economy and Breaking Down Barriers to Ocean Conservation

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Bethan O’Leary

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Bethan O’Leary, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Bethan O’Leary is based at the Environment Department at the University of York and currently works as a British Ecological Society Policy Fellow and an Associate Lecturer. … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Bethan O’Leary

Celebrate Blue Parks: Submit Your GLORES Nominations Today!

Our Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) wants your blue park nominations by March 31! GLORES is a unique award program that improves ocean protection through celebrating exemplary marine protected areas (MPAs). With its awards, GLORES addresses a pressing issue: global marine protection efforts are not keeping pace with threats to ocean wildlife. Many MPAs do … Continue reading Celebrate Blue Parks: Submit Your GLORES Nominations Today!

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Horta e Costa

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Barbara Horta e Costa, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Barbara Horta e Costa is a marine researcher at the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) at the University of Algarve in Portugal. She focuses on … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Horta e Costa

Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates US 2017

Our Atlas of Marine Protection (MPAtlas.org) team has released its annual review of US marine protection levels for 2017. They update the SeaStates US report annually to ensure it is the most rigorous, quantitative, and topical accounting of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the waters of US coastal states and territories. First published in 2013, the … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates US 2017

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

The Global Ocean Refuge System Supports Half-Earth Day

Humans are wreaking havoc on our oceans. Our impacts, from climate change to overfishing, are destroying marine ecosystems and their biodiversity. To stem these losses, the Half-Earth Project calls for us to work together and save half the planet for other life, and today has been named the inaugural Half-Earth Day to build support for … Continue reading The Global Ocean Refuge System Supports Half-Earth Day

Our Ocean 2017

Since the first Our Ocean in 2014, these annual conferences have brought together the world’s ocean leaders, scientists and conservation practitioners to transform pressing challenges into change. Its key areas of action include sustainable fisheries, pollution, climate change and marine protected areas (MPAs). With each ocean issue, it facilitates tangible and measurable commitments that build towards solutions. … Continue reading Our Ocean 2017