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California's seamounts are places that: shelter spectacular marine life, where intrepid ocean explorers have felt the wonder of a greater power and witnessed a rare glimpse of an undersea world worthy of our stewardship, a means to satisfy our international ocean conservation commitments, and a way of healing our relationship with the natural world.

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On the Tide

Blog June 19, 2020
Safeguarding California Seamounts for Generations and Generations to Come

  In episode 2 of our California Seamounts Series, viewers experience the rough topography of the ... » read more

Blog June 17, 2020
A Glimmer of Hope for Ailing Seas; Scientists publish a timeline for turning the tide on marine ecosystem degradation

By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador.   “What we do in the next ten years will ... » read more

Blog June 10, 2020
The California Seamount Series!

Featured Picture: A Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis sp.) swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo credit ... » read more

Blog June 5, 2020
Statement of Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute on President Trump’s Attempt to Incapacitate the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine Monument

For Immediate Release Friday, June 5, 2020 Contact: Lance Morgan, 707-217-8242 ... » read more

Blog June 4, 2020
Calling on Marine Scientists to Support Protecting at least 30% of the Ocean by 2030 (30×30)

By Lance Morgan, President at Marine Conservation Institute   There is growing scientific evidence and support ... » read more

More emphasis is needed on better marine protected area design, durable management and compliance to ensure that marine protected areas achieve their desired conservation value. It is a complex undertaking, but one that needs to happen.
Dr. Graham J. Edgar
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Marine-protected areas are clearly a positive trend, a reflection of the growing awareness of governments across the globe that the oceans and their bounty are not limitless or indestructible.
The New York Times
Editorial Board (February 15, 2014)
Well-enforced no-take marine reserves universally increase diversity, size, abundance, and biomass of fish inside their boundaries, which makes them very attractive to tourism. Blue Parks will help the world create more of these no-take marine reserves.
Dr. Enric Sala
Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Ocean health is declining at an unprecedented rate. To halt and even reverse this decline, science shows we need to protect 30 per cent of our ocean in fully protected marine reserves.
Hon. John Kerry former Secretary of State
Blue Parks are critical to saving the biodiversity of our oceans. It makes so much sense, we all should have thought of it a long time ago.
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Renowned Ocean Conservationist
The Blue Parks initiative is the most exciting marine conservation effort I’ve seen in a while! I think we urgently need something that can be an alternative to a simple rating of conservation success based on the number of square kilometers their MPAs cover.
Dr. Rodolphe Devillers
French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)
The creation of a marine-protected area is only the start of an effective conservation effort, not the end.
The New York Times
Editorial Board (February 15, 2014)

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Calling All Scientists

Sign our letter to support strong protection of 30% of the ocean by 2030.

We are at a crucial time for ocean conservation. Key decisions in the near future will set the course for a decade of action which will define the future of the sea. We, the undersigned, call on you to support an ambitious global target through the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Post-2020 Framework, to safeguard at least 30% of the ocean in a network of highly or fully protected, well managed marine protected areas (MPAs) and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) by 2030. 


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Our Conservation Priorities for 2020

Saving wild ocean places, for us and future generations

30% strong MPA protection by 2030

Achieve marine biodiversity conservation through encouraging nations to implement effective marine protected areas in global policy debates and calling on them to protect 30% of the oceans by 2030.

Blue Parks

Marine protected areas that safeguard life in sea and meet the science-based Blue Park standards earn Blue Park Awards -- celebrate these conservation successes with us! The Blue Park initiative is incentivizing a global ocean refuge system to strongly protect biodiversity across 30% of the ocean.

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The Atlas of Marine Protection

Track marine protected areas globally to measure and motivate the progress of nations towards their commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Targets.

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Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

Advocate for and support the United Nations negotiations to protect Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and ensure ocean life is protected on the high seas (nearly two-thirds of the ocean).

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Seamount Conservation

Advocate for the protection of seamount habitats from destructive fishing methods and other harmful activities in California and work for a moratorium on seabed mining globally.

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Advocate for and Defend Ocean Protections in U.S. Waters

Stop attempts by the Trump administration to weaken U.S. laws and regulations that protect our marine sanctuaries and monuments, as well as attempts to expand environmentally damaging activities in the ocean.

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