By Jessica Knoth, Marine Conservation Institute Intern & Photographer Underwater forests and meadows are not so different from their terrestrial cousins. In place of deer and small critters, fish dart among the submerged grass. Seals glide through the water, much like bears patrolling the woods, and kelp sways overhead instead of evergreens. Just as terrestrial plants … Continue reading Seagrass: More than Meets the Eye
Tropical coral reefs are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. Often called the ‘rainforests’ of our oceans, coral reefs host incredible levels of biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services that many organisms – including humans – rely on. Globally, coral reefs cover less than 0.1% of our seafloor, but provide … Continue reading Status Watch: How Well Are Coral Reefs Protected Around the World?
This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council, and her project, Too Big To Ignore! Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee is a professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada. She … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee and Too Big To Ignore
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
By Jessica Knoth, Marine Conservation Institute Communications Intern 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 … Continue reading Mangroves: Unsung Allies in the Climate Change Fight
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
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
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!
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
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