Beneath the deep waters off the coast of California exist submarine mountains that rise thousands of feet off the seafloor and harbor an incredible diversity of marine life. These underwater mountains are known as seamounts, classically defined as seafloor features that are taller than 1,000 m (3,300 feet), have steep sides and are roughly circular … Continue reading Seamounts: oases of biodiversity in California’s deep waters
It is Shark Week and sharks are once again at the forefront of our public consciousness. Thanks to terrifying portrayals in movies like Jaws and this summer’s The Shallows, sharks have a reputation as blood-thirsty killers. But, if anything, sharks should be more frightened of humans than vice versa. Every year, humans kill over 100 … Continue reading We’re gonna need a bigger sanctuary
Recent updates to MPAtlas make finding the status of your favorite marine protected areas easy. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are simple yet highly effective marine management tools that offer some of the highest marine conservation gains. MPAtlas, the world’s most comprehensive online marine protected area database, is dedicated to providing a user friendly and informative … Continue reading Visualizing Marine Protected Areas
The global ocean is a big place, covering nearly 71% of our planet, and is essential to life on earth. From providing the oxygen we breathe to regulating the climate we need to survive, healthy oceans are critical to the future of humankind. Yet humans know more about the moon than we do about our … Continue reading Developing the Map to Save the Seas; Coming to You in 3-D!
I am excited to announce the release of Marine Conservation Institute’s 2014 Annual Report! From playing a key role in convincing President Barack Obama to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, to driving strong forward momentum with our Global Ocean Refuge System initiative to a multitude of other conservation successes, 2014 will be a … Continue reading 2014 Annual Report Released
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today announced significant progress on its priority initiative, the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”). GLORES will catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030, enough to avert mass extinction of marine … Continue reading Global Ocean Refuge System Experiences Strong Momentum and Continues to Seek Additional Support
During the last few years there has been a remarkable increase in the number of marine protected areas (MPAs) around the globe. While this growth has brought celebrations and excitement to the marine conservation community, skepticism exists over whether the scramble to reach the Convention of Biological Diversity’s target to protect 10% of marine and … Continue reading The Conservation Effort that is Saving our Seas
The Titan triggerfish, a voracious predator, being cleaned by a cleaner wrasse. Credit: Enric Sala, National Geographic. This month was an exciting milestone for the marine conservation world as the UK government made a commitment to create Pitcairn Islands … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Celebrates the Creation of Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve
Last week I had the opportunity to address the United Nations as part of a high-level symposium organized by the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance. You can watch my comments online; scroll to about 1:50 minutes. I also encourage you to catch the comments by Drs. Callum Roberts and Ellen Pikitch prior to mine, and the other marine … Continue reading Talking Sanctuaries with the United Nations
Wonder what Marine Conservation Institute is focusing on this year? We just posted our Conservation Priorities for 2015 to the home page of our main website. Please take a look and learn more about the focus areas listed below. • Global Ocean Refuge System • Science-Based Criteria for Global Ocean Refuges • Partner Support for … Continue reading See Our Conservation Priorities for 2015!