Feature Image, pics clockwise from top left: Alexandra Rose, Alberto Romeo, Winfried Bruenken, Piotr Zurek, Coimbra68, Jakob Owens Leading marine scientists recommend managing 30% of the ocean in strong, no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) to ensure healthy oceans. Our Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) initiative works towards that 30% goal through setting clear, science-based standards for effective ocean … Continue reading Announcing the 2018 GLORES Award Nominees
Guest post by GLORES Science Council Member Dr. Mark Costello Why protect nature? There are many good reasons for people to conserve biodiversity. Biodiversity is what our lives and ecosystems depend upon, and it includes natural resources that must be used wisely so that they can continue being harvested in the future. Over thousands of … Continue reading Marine nature conservation must focus on fully-protected reserves, not resource management
We’re thrilled to announce the first Marine Conservation Institute Summer Ocean Party! Please join us July 23 at the Lagunitas Taproom in Petaluma, CA, to learn more about our ocean protection work with great food, drinks and live music by Sonoma’s own reggae band, Sol Horizon. All tickets include dinner and we’re running an early … Continue reading Dive into the Marine Conservation Institute Summer Ocean Party!
Happy Fourth of July! It’s amazing to think that when Katherine Lee Bates first wrote “America the Beautiful” in 1893, with its gorgeous celebration of our country from sea to shining sea, few of America’s ocean wonders were known and none were protected. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way. Since the 1990s, all but … Continue reading Fighting for America’s Ocean Wonders
By Teresa Vale, Marine Conservation Institute GLORES Science Intern Nowadays, plastic is one of the main types of marine debris that you hear about. In many places, plastic is the type of debris that you will see as you walk across the beach. As society develops new uses for plastics – particularly in single-use, … Continue reading Ocean Optimism Alert: We Can Break Our Addiction to Plastic!
Location, location, location! This axiom of the real estate world is perhaps even more true in the natural world. Finding the right environmental conditions for deep-sea corals and sponges to survive and thrive is a rare occurrence in the deep ocean. Marine biologists have discovered deep-sea coral ecosystems throughout the oceans from the tropics to … Continue reading Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands
Healthy oceans sustain us. When we’re not near the ocean or watching a vivid nature documentary, it can be easy to forget that. It’s all too easy to move through everyday life and miss that the ocean fills our lungs and spirit. From the clean water we drink to the stable climate we depend on, … Continue reading World Oceans Month: Honoring Our Blue Home
Why should you March For The Ocean on June 9? How will that help ocean ecosystems threatened by overfishing, climate change, plastic pollution and other issues? How can marches with even a hundred thousand people in over a dozen cities support healthier oceans? I often ask myself this question when an organization suggests a public … Continue reading MARCH FOR THE OCEAN
By Jessica Knoth, Marine Conservation Institute Intern & Photographer Underwater forests and meadows are not so different from their terrestrial cousins. In place of deer and small critters, fish dart among the submerged grass. Seals glide through the water, much like bears patrolling the woods, and kelp sways overhead instead of evergreens. Just as terrestrial plants … Continue reading Seagrass: More than Meets the Eye
With World Oceans Day just around the corner, we’re thrilled to announce a new ocean protection program – the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Accelerator! Through working with environmental organizations, community leaders and governments, the Accelerator program helps ensure that new marine protected areas (MPAs) meet science-based standards to save ocean wildlife. Our … Continue reading Ocean Protection Accelerates