Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s declaration to strongly protect a vast area of important marine habitat surrounding the Galápagos Islands, the source of inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This decision protects an unparalleled legacy of marine life and ocean habitat for generations to come. While there have been … Continue reading Green Light in the Galápagos
On January 19th a delegation of Chinese government officials from the State Oceanic Administration visited the Washington, DC office of Marine Conservation Institute to discuss marine protected area policy, fishery management and pirate fishing. Mike Gravitz, director of the Washington, DC office hosted the visitors and Beth Pike, conservation scientist, gave them a remote demonstration … Continue reading Delegation from the Chinese State Oceanic Administration Visits Marine Conservation Institute Office to Discuss Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas
On January 1st, 2016, Cape Falcon Marine Reserve was officially implemented off the north Oregon Coast, becoming the second largest reserve of the Oregon States Marine Reserve network. The new marine reserve is 12.4 sq. mi. (32.4 km2) and prohibits all ocean development as well as marine life harvesting from Tillamook Head to Cape Falcon. … Continue reading Cape Falcon Paves the Way for Marine Protection in 2016
What do you get when you put 500 ocean leaders, conservationists and stakeholders from over 56 countries in a room together? Progress. Eighty new initiatives on marine conservation and protection- valued at over US$2.1 billion- were announced during the second Our Ocean Conference, held in Valparaiso, Chile earlier this week. Marine Conservation Institute’s MPAtlas.org team … Continue reading Celebrating Our Ocean 2015 Meeting
Across the United States, over 10% of our land has been set aside to protect landscapes and conserve biodiversity. From national parks and monuments, to refuges and wilderness areas, we’ve created an intricate system that provides recreational opportunities, safeguards watersheds, builds climate resiliency and protects critical habitat for endangered and vulnerable species like the desert … Continue reading A Decade of Creating Large Marine Protected Areas
Marine biologists Mark Costello and Bill Ballantine from Leigh Marine Laboratory in New Zealand recently published a new study stressing the critical importance of no-take marine reserves for marine biodiversity conservation. While a growing body of scientific literature has documented the undeniable value of no-take reserves for protecting marine biodiversity, most marine protected area (MPA) research now … Continue reading Is the “Marine Protected Area” label creating the illusion of marine biodiversity conservation?
Last week, I presented the results of our 2015 SeaStates US report, at the 2015 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California. Marine Conservation Institute and Esri are partners on a wide range of projects and we are grateful that they have supported our conservation work for over a decade. Mapping conservation priorities and assessing … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute at the 2015 Esri User Conference
Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the world’s oceans, released its annual SeaStates 2015 report today at the 2015 Esri User Conference. This year’s report on no-take marine reserves in the waters of US coastal states and territories uncovers an unfortunate truth: in the last year, there was no increase in … Continue reading California, Oregon and Florida Lead in Strongly Protecting Marine Ecosystems; Remaining US States Lag in Conservation Efforts
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Chief Brody Arguably the most notable line from one of the most iconic movies in cinema history. This year, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, based on the book by Peter Benchley, celebrates its 40th anniversary and theatres all across the nation are bringing the classic film back to the big screen. Jaws … Continue reading Jaws: 40 Years Later is it Safe to Return to the Water?
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!