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On the Tide

Blog January 22, 2019
Rose Atoll Abides

Ten years ago this month in January 2009, President George W. Bush designated a small ... » read more

Blog December 26, 2018
How Marine Protected Areas are Safeguarding Our Ocean’s Vulnerable Top Predators

By GLORES Science Intern, Abbie Dosell Sharks are an essential part of marine ecosystems, asserting ... » read more

Blog December 5, 2018
Denizens of the Deep: The Octopuses Who Make Their Homes on Seamounts

Featured Pic: A giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) observed on Cordell Bank during a Marine ... » read more

Blog November 30, 2018
Global Biodiversity Protection

  By Abbie Dosell,  Marine Conservation Institute GLORES Science Intern   Some of the world’s most ... » read more

Blog November 20, 2018
Giving Thanks

Thank you for supporting our ocean protection work! This year has been filled with exciting ... » 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

Fighting for Marine National Monuments

We synthesize scientific research to encourage ocean protection. We condemn President Trump's attack on the U.S. national monuments and help defend our public lands and waters. 

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The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES)

GLORES works to celebrate and incentivize blue parks that safeguard marine wildlife, secure critical habitats, and protect ocean health for future generations.

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Tracking conservation progress at MPAtlas

The Atlas of Marine Protection (MPAtlas.org) is the world's most comprehensive and up-to-date marine protected areas database. Explore its in-depth SeaStates reports, which analyze ocean protection around the world.

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Mapping vulnerable marine ecosystems

Our scientists identify important deep-sea ecosystems and create maps to aid our colleagues in the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition.

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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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Stopping destructive fishing practices

We research bottom-trawling impacts and model deep-sea habitats to advance protection for ecologically important deep-sea areas. We work in the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition to advocate for vulnerable marine ecosystems.

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Advocating for 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

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

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