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On the Tide

Blog September 25, 2019
Steve McQueen, The Blob, Ocean Protection and Climate Action

Featured Pic: Solomon Islands, The Pacific. Photo courtesy of Tracey Jennings/ Coral Reef Image Bank ... » read more

Blog September 19, 2019
Why Marine Conservation Institute Will be at The Climate Strike* Friday, September 20th

By Michael Gravitz, Director of Policy & Legislation at Marine Conservation Institute On Friday, September ... » read more

Blog September 17, 2019
Life in the Unknown Deep: Corals on Pacific Seamounts

Featured Pic: A vibrant and diverse coral garden discovered on top of a small knoll ... » read more

Blog August 29, 2019
Setting Sail: Exploring Seamount Habitats in the Pacific Remote Islands

Featured Pic: The Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. Photo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By ... » read more

Blog August 21, 2019
Thinking Beyond the Reefs: the role of culture in marine protected areas

Featured Pic: Seabirds perched atop stone temples on Mokumanamana Island. Photo Source: Kekuewa Kikiloi By ... » 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. The Global Ocean Refuge System will help the world create more of these no-take marine reserves.
Dr. Enric Sala
Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Governments and scientists need to work together to better design, maintain, improve and protect ‘protected areas.’
The New York Times
Editorial Board (February 15, 2014)
The Global Ocean Refuge System is 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
GLORES is the most exciting marine conservation initiative 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
Memorial University of Newfoundland
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)

Our Conservation Priorities for 2019

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

Blue Parks are marine protected areas that safeguard life in the sea. We used science to establish much-needed standards for marine protected areas. Marine protected areas that meet the Blue Park standards earn Blue Park Awards -- celebrate these conservation successes with us! The Blue Park initiative is incentivizing effective marine conservation and assembling a global ocean refuge system to conserve marine biodiversity with strong protection for 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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Photo: Jon Weller

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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Photo: MBARI

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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