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Blog January 18, 2017
The Ocean Protection Calculator

Here at we often get asked how much of the ocean would be ... » read more

Blog January 11, 2017
Establishing a MPA is Sometimes More Than Just a Family (National) Affair

In an effort to achieve the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN ... » read more

Blog December 28, 2016
Top 6 Ocean Highlights of 2016

Over one million square miles of global ocean were protected in 2016! Here are our ... » read more

Blog December 16, 2016
A Tale of Two Cold-Water Coral Reefs

Human industrial and agricultural activity has released massive quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) into our ... » read more

Blog December 15, 2016
Celebrating the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area!

This week we celebrate habitat protections for deep-sea corals along the Atlantic coastline, named in ... » 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

Safeguarding marine biodiversity globally

The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) aims to catalyze protection for 30% of the ecosystems in each marine region by 2030. GLORES incentivizes countries to strongly protect their marine resources by awarding protected areas "Global Ocean Refuge" status using scientific criteria.

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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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Developing tools to advance scientific understanding

Marine Conservation Institute’s experts are collaborating with Esri to create the world’s first 3-D map of our oceans. The pioneering technology developed to produce this map will help scientists and decision makers better understand the oceans and revolutionize how we conserve this vital resource.

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Tracking conservation progress with 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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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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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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Promoting sustainable tourism

Marine Conservation Institute and Holland America Line collaborate to bring onboard educational programming to guests and crew featuring marine protected areas and conservation efforts around the world. We also work together to provide responsibly sourced seafood options to their guests.

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Ensuring effective policies for healthy marine life

We work to ensure effective conservation, management and governance for critically important places and marine life. We synthesize vitally important scientific and policy information and encourage decision makers to prioritize actions that will ensure healthy oceans now and for future generations.

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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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