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Blog December 15, 2017
The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk

You’ve probably heard the saying that we know less about the deep ocean than ... » read more

Blog December 12, 2017
Needle in a haystack: identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea

Seamounts are underwater mountains rising thousands of feet from the bottom of the ocean. Due ... » read more

Blog December 6, 2017
Save the Marine and Land Monuments: “All for one and one for all”

Remember the rallying cry of the Three Musketeers? When they start their gallant swordfights, they ... » read more

News Release December 5, 2017
President Trump Attacks Two National Monuments in Utah; Protection for Critical Ocean Ecosystems Could Be Next on the Chopping Block

[Washington D.C.] — Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong ... » read more

Blog December 1, 2017
Year End Bonus: Marine Biodiversity Boosted by Massive Conservation Areas

This a quarterly update from the Atlas of Marine Protection (mpatlas.org) team. Be sure ... » 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 2017

Saving wild ocean places, for us and future generations

Fighting for our Marine National Monuments

We synthesize scientific information to encourage protection for our oceans. We condemn President Trump's attack on the U.S. national monuments and are helping defend these treasured public lands and waters. 

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Safeguarding global marine biodiversity with GLORES

The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) will catalyze protection of 30% of every marine ecosystem by 2030 through incentivizing countries to strongly protect the ocean by awarding protected areas "Global Ocean Refuge" status using scientific criteria.

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Tracking conservation progress at MPAtlas.org

MPAtlas.org is the world's most comprehensive and continuously updated marine protected areas database. Check out the cutting-edge analyses in the SeaStates report series, rankings of how well global coastal waters are protected.

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Mapping vulnerable marine ecosystems

Our scientists are identifying important deep sea ecosystems and creating maps to aid our colleagues in the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and High Seas Alliance in advocating protection for the high seas.

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Protecting California's deep sea

Marine Conservation Institute is working to secure lasting protection for the exceptional array of seamounts, ridges and banks off California's coastline.

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Adapting to a changing world

Marine Conservation Institute is working to improve information about the risk of climate change and ocean acidification to marine ecosystems and local communities, and develop conservation strategies to improve ecosystem resilience.

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Photo: Paul Nicklen

Promoting sustainable tourism

We are committed to helping people explore our oceans’ underwater wonders through sustainable tourism. The Global Ocean Refuge System recognizes the world’s best protected areas and helps ocean adventurers find their next destination!

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Photo: Joakim Odelberg

High seas conservation

Marine Conservation Institute is working with the global scientific community to provide necessary information to help establish high seas protected areas and to strengthen high-seas governance.

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Photo: Jon Weller

Developing tools to advance scientific understanding

Ours experts are collaborating with Esri to create the world’s first 3-D map of our oceans to help scientists and decision makers better understand the oceans and revolutionize how we conserve marine life.

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Map: ESRI