Tag Archives: MPAtlas

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

IMPAC4 Highlights Pt. 2

Because there's so much more to share!

Last week, the marine protected area community came together for the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile. Members of our team were there presenting two of our major marine conservation initiatives, MPAtlas.org and the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). Our friends at OpenChannels provided IMPAC4 live-blog coverage and here are more highlights from the week: Marine Conservation … Continue reading IMPAC4 Highlights Pt. 2

How to Protect the Living Ocean?

Get people to talk to each other (at IMPAC4 in Chile this September)

We are packing up our bags, computers, maps, and brochures and flying to Chile. No, we are not fleeing the current political regime in the U.S. We are going to the beachside city of La Serena-Coquimbo for the 4th International Congress of Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC4). Every four years, the global conservation community gathers at … Continue reading How to Protect the Living Ocean?

5 Reasons Why We LOVE Palau

  The Republic of Palau is an up and coming destination for divers, tourists and adventurers. With turquoise waters and incredible dive sites, Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. This tropical destination has caught our attention as a marine conservation superstar – here’s why! 1. For many years, the Republic of … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why We LOVE Palau

Conserving shark populations

Large, high-quality marine protected areas work

Well-regulated and well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) established in biologically significant places benefit marine wildlife [1]. One lingering question, however, has been about the value of MPAs for conserving highly-mobile species, like sharks, that move easily across their boundaries. Robust shark populations are necessary to keep marine ecosystems healthy, and many shark populations are threatened … Continue reading Conserving shark populations

The Ocean Protection Calculator

Here at MPAtlas.org we often get asked how much of the ocean would be protected as a result of various proposed and promised marine protected areas (MPAs). In order to help visitors to MPAtlas.org see the results for themselves, we’ve created the Ocean Protection Calculator. As you can see from the tool below, it is … Continue reading The Ocean Protection Calculator

Gaining Momentum Towards Representative Marine Protection

Reviewing Aichi Target 11 goals

Great leaps in ocean conservation occurred recently after announcements of new protections were made at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and Our Ocean conference. Marine protected areas (MPAs) of all scales were created, from the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a staggering 582,578 square miles in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the creation of … Continue reading Gaining Momentum Towards Representative Marine Protection

Marine Conservation Institute to Highlight the Global Ocean Refuge System at 20th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala in San Francisco

Marine Conservation Institute is celebrating 20 years of ocean conservation success. The 20th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala will be held at the General’s Residence at Upper Fort Mason in San Francisco on Friday, November 4, 2016. The Gala will highlight the Institute’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) and achievements from our first two decades. Since opening … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute to Highlight the Global Ocean Refuge System at 20th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala in San Francisco

Seamounts: oases of biodiversity in California’s deep waters

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

We’re gonna need a bigger sanctuary

Celebrating progress in shark conservation, but more is needed

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