Featured Pic: Seabirds perched atop stone temples on Mokumanamana Island. Photo Source: Kekuewa Kikiloi By Christina Hoenow, Marine Conservation Institute Science Intern The terms conservation and marine protected areas (MPAs) often conjure images of pristine reefs and marine environments with no sign of humans to be found. However, ignoring the connection between humans and the … Continue reading Thinking Beyond the Reefs: the role of culture in marine protected areas
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
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
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
Tropical coral reefs are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. Often called the ‘rainforests’ of our oceans, coral reefs host incredible levels of biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services that many organisms – including humans – rely on. Globally, coral reefs cover less than 0.1% of our seafloor, but provide … Continue reading Status Watch: How Well Are Coral Reefs Protected Around the World?
Today, let’s celebrate the progress that has been made to protect our oceans. The world has come a long way and, though more work is needed to reach conservation targets and ensure long-term ocean health, momentum is on our side. With groups like Sin Azul No Hay Verde and heads of state at major conferences advancing … Continue reading Celebrating Ocean Protection Progress
Our Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) wants your blue park nominations by March 31! GLORES is a unique award program that improves ocean protection through celebrating exemplary marine protected areas (MPAs). With its awards, GLORES addresses a pressing issue: global marine protection efforts are not keeping pace with threats to ocean wildlife. Many MPAs do … Continue reading Celebrate Blue Parks: Submit Your GLORES Nominations Today!
This year promises to be an interesting and exciting one for marine conservation, and we’re ready to meet its opportunities and challenges head-on for our oceans. We will continue advocating for strong protection of our oceans, strengthening our initiatives and working with you to safeguard marine biodiversity. Here’s a preview of our plans for this … Continue reading Our 2018 Conservation Priorities
Like a seabird soaring above the blue, another year has flown by! There was a lot of marine protection news worth celebrating in 2017, and here are five of our favorite updates. The Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary expansion Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary grew quite a bit this year when Colombian President Juan … Continue reading Top 5 Ocean Highlights of 2017