This week is the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile, and our team’s there connecting with colleagues and sharing some of our major initiatives to help protect the ocean, MPAtlas.org and the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). Our friends at OpenChannels are providing amazing live-blog coverage from the conference and here are … Continue reading IMPAC4 Highlights Pt. 1
Washington, D.C. — Marine Conservation Institute o Instituto de Conservación Marina, uno de los líderes en asegurar la protección de los lugares más importantes de los océanos, anuncia el primer sistema de Refugio Global de Océanos (GLORES, pronunciado “gloris”). Esta iniciativa está diseñada para incentivar la conservación marina a través del reconocimiento de las (AMPs) o áreas … Continue reading Isla Malpelo reconocida como una de las mejores áreas marinas protegidas del mundo
Washington, D.C. — Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing protection for the oceans’ most important places, announces the first-ever Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”) awards. This initiative is designed to incentivize marine conservation through recognizing the most effective marine protected areas (MPAs) according to science-based standards. Movies have the Oscars®, the Olympics® … Continue reading Announcing the First Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Awards for Superlative Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Around the World
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
Currently, only 3.5 percent of the ocean is protected , 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 . A paper recently published … Continue reading Strongly Protected Marine Reserves Provide Protections from Climate Change
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
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
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?