Feature Pic: Elias Levy World leaders may soon make history for ocean wildlife. After more than a decade of halting progress, a UN Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) is convening for the next 10 days to negotiate a treaty to protect biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), also known as the high seas. An agreement would … Continue reading High Seas History in the Making
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
I had the great pleasure of participating in The Economist’s World Ocean Summit earlier this month with nearly 400 other ocean stakeholders and conservation leaders. The meeting, billed as an opportunity to learn more about commitments made by businesses and governments to advance the “Blue Economy”, was a chance to check in on progress made … Continue reading Scaling Up the Blue Economy and Breaking Down Barriers to Ocean Conservation
This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Bethan O’Leary, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Bethan O’Leary is based at the Environment Department at the University of York and currently works as a British Ecological Society Policy Fellow and an Associate Lecturer. … Continue reading GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Bethan O’Leary
I have a confession: I’m a budget geek and always have been. Why? Because budgets reflect the values and priorities of a government or organization. They are the best way to learn what their leaders see as important and what their plans for the future are. Using the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 19) budget proposal–that’s … Continue reading Trump Wants to Sink the Ocean Budget for NOAA
For most of us who live in heavily settled urban areas where laws govern many of our activities, it might be surprising to learn that nearly half of our planet remains unclaimed and ungoverned by any nations. Where is this half of the planet that is essentially free from any real rules or protections? It … Continue reading High Seas Finally Getting Some Protection
As some of you may know, today is the annual International Day for Biological Diversity. First proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993, the intent of the day is to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to biodiversity. Our team at Marine Conservation Institute has always fought hard to protect biodiversity in our world’s … Continue reading Saluting Ocean Biodiversity!