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Announcing the First Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Awards for Superlative Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Around the World

Marine Conservation Institute Will Award Ocean Equivalent of Oscars® to Best MPAs Incentivizing Improved Protection for Healthy Oceans at Fourth International Protected Areas Congress in Chile

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

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Dawn Wright and Esri

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), a world-leading geographic information system (GIS) software. Dawn has authored or co-authored more than 150 articles and 10 books on marine GIS, hydrothermal activity and tectonics of mid-ocean ridges, and marine data … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Dawn Wright and Esri

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

Marine Conservation Institute Applauds U.S. Progress Towards International Marine Conservation Targets Under the Leadership of President Barack Obama

SeaStates 2016

Seattle, WA—In a report released today, Marine Conservation Institute highlights that the U.S. has strongly protected 23% of all federal and state waters in marine reserves (over 1,087,000 sq mi), nearly double the 632,300 sq mi – or 13%– strongly protected as of 2015. The SeaStates 2016 report is a rigorous, quantitative accounting of strongly … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Applauds U.S. Progress Towards International Marine Conservation Targets Under the Leadership of President Barack Obama

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

An ocean of concern as the G7 nations prepare to meet

What are these nations doing to conserve biodiversity with marine protected areas?

When leaders of the world’s seven most industrialized nations meet in Japan May 26-27 their decisions on key issues- such as how to energize a frail global economy and restrain the spread of terrorism- will likely capture the news headlines. But the leaders of the United States, Canada, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, … Continue reading An ocean of concern as the G7 nations prepare to meet

Our greatest successes!

Celebrating two decades of ocean conservation

This year, Marine Conservation Institute celebrates 20 years of conservation successes! Over the past two decades we have celebrated many accomplishments towards our mission to protect the oceans. Founded as Marine Conservation Biology Institute in 1996, our science and policy staff effectively bridge research and advocacy to create and expand marine protected areas, secure protections for threatened and … Continue reading Our greatest successes!

Green Light in the Galápagos

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