Tag Archives: sea

Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts – Offshore Seabird Havens

Featured Pic: A breeding rhinoceros auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata), one of the many seabird species that relies on the productive waters above Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts to forage. Photo courtesy of Mick Thompson (CC BY-NC 2.0). By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts Gumdrop and Pioneer are neighboring seamounts located approximately 45 … Continue reading Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts – Offshore Seabird Havens

Cortes and Tanner Banks: Recreation and Biodiversity Hotspots

Featured Pic: Brown stony corals (Coenocyathus bowersi, foreground) and pink hydrocorals (Stylaster californicus, background) provide habitat for a large school of rockfish at Cortes Bank. Photo courtesy of NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute     Cortes and Tanner Banks Cortes and Tanner Banks are twin seamounts located approximately … Continue reading Cortes and Tanner Banks: Recreation and Biodiversity Hotspots

Gorda and Mendocino Ridges – California’s Test Cases for Deep-Sea Mining

Featured Pic: A diverse assemblage of benthic organisms on a sponge garden at Mendocino Ridge. Image courtesy of NOAA NWFSC. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute The Gorda and Mendocino Ridges are a complex series of oceanic ridges just off the coast of northern California, and are home to unique deep-sea ecosystems including hydrothermal … Continue reading Gorda and Mendocino Ridges – California’s Test Cases for Deep-Sea Mining

Davidson Seamount: A Deep-Sea Oasis

Featured Pic: Yellow Picasso sponge and white sponges on Davidson Seamount. Image courtesy of NOAA and MBARI. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Davidson Seamount is an underwater volcano located just 75 miles off the coast of California. Its summit rises an impressive 7500 feet above the surrounding seafloor, yet still remains … Continue reading Davidson Seamount: A Deep-Sea Oasis

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Sand Cloud Towels

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Sand Cloud Towels! Sand Cloud is a team of 3 best friends that met in college and all share a love for the ocean and beach lifestyle. For them, the beach means freedom, friendship, and communing with nature. They found themselves in the corporate … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Sand Cloud Towels

Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks

Our oceans are home to a number of globally rare habitats that marine animals rely on. These areas are often characterized by the presence of endemic species and are usually teeming with life. Unfortunately, the qualities that make these places unique also make them incredibly vulnerable. Seamounts—undersea mountains—have been at the center of recent conservation … Continue reading Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks

GLORES Partner Spotlight: Heirs To Our Oceans

We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on HEIRS TO OUR OCEANS! Heirs To Our Oceans is a proactive group of kids – ages 10-16 – who recognize that they, along with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and newly-spawned zygotes, will inherit the ocean after adults today are done with it. They are … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Heirs To Our Oceans

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

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

Explorers at sea: Pulley Ridge and Tortugas research cruise (Part Two)

A Guest Blog by Sandra Brooke

First discovered in the 1950’s but only recently explored, Pulley Ridge is an underwater dreamland about 100 miles off the Southwest coast of Florida. Marine Conservation Institute became interested in this series of drowned islands with the deepest known photosynthetic coral in US waters when we did our Gulf Gems report on the most biologically … Continue reading Explorers at sea: Pulley Ridge and Tortugas research cruise (Part Two)