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The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk

By Kelly Martin | December 15, 2017

You’ve probably heard the saying that we know less about the deep ocean than we do about the surface of the moon. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we have explored less than 5% of the ocean to date, so the saying is pretty accurate. However, as technology improves and scientists are able…

Needle in a haystack: identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea

By Sam Georgian | December 12, 2017

Seamounts are underwater mountains rising thousands of feet from the bottom of the ocean. Due to their size and shape, seamounts exert a strong influence on local currents that results in nutrient enrichment and increased food supply. As a result, these massive features are often highly productive ‘oases’ in the deep sea, supporting a large…

Save the Marine and Land Monuments: “All for one and one for all”

By Mike Gravitz | December 6, 2017

Remember the rallying cry of the Three Musketeers? When they start their gallant swordfights, they yell, “All for one and one for all!” That’s how we’re resisting the Trump Administration and its attempt to tear our national monuments apart. We’re helping other groups defend our land monuments, and they are helping us defend the marine…

President Trump Attacks Two National Monuments in Utah; Protection for Critical Ocean Ecosystems Could Be Next on the Chopping Block

By Marine Conservation Institute | December 5, 2017

Washington, D.C. — Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, condemns President Trump’s decision to rescind protections for two U.S. national monuments that was announced yesterday in Salt Lake City, Utah. The President reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand…

President Trump to Decide Fate of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries After Secretive Review

By Marine Conservation Institute | October 25, 2017

Washington, D.C. — Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, and respected marine scientists question an unreleased Department of Commerce marine monuments and sanctuaries report sent to the White House today. In April, President Trump issued executive order 13795 instructing Secretary of Commerce Ross to conduct reviews…

Whales, Seamounts, and Fisherfolk: How Conservation Efforts are Attempting to Tackle a Growing Threat to Marine Life

By Kaitlin Lebon | June 9, 2017

Hidden beneath the waters off the California coast lies a treasure trove of marine biodiversity. Seamounts, or underwater mountains, are veritable hotspots for a wide variety of undersea critters who call deep-sea ecosystems home. These steep peaks often break up ocean currents, allowing for nutrients to be brought up from deeper waters,[1] supporting an incredible…

Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks

By Jordan Macke | March 9, 2017

Our oceans are home to a number of globally rare habitats that marine animals rely on. These areas are often characterized by the presence of endemic species and are usually teeming with life. Unfortunately, the qualities that make these places unique also make them incredibly vulnerable. Seamounts—undersea mountains—have been at the center of recent conservation…

Saving Our Oceans

By Marine Conservation Institute | February 17, 2017

Marine Conservation Institute collaborated with partner photographer Brian Skerry to help create the cover story of the February issue of National Geographic Magazine: Saving Our Oceans. The article highlights some of the ocean’s most pristine places — like Cortes Bank seamount off the coast of California — and is brought to life with stunning photos taken by Brian Skerry…

Seamounts: vulnerable marine ecosystems in need of protection

By Marine Conservation Institute | February 10, 2017

Our oceans are dotted with thousands of underwater mountains scattered beneath the waves that harbor an incredible diversity of marine life. Known as seamounts, these extraordinary places are highly productive oases in the sea, and are home to extremely fragile, long-lived, rare and sometimes endangered marine life. Some seamounts function like rest stops for migratory…

Top 6 Ocean Highlights of 2016

By Marissa McBride | December 28, 2016

Over one million square miles of global ocean were protected in 2016! Here are our 6 favorite new protected areas!   1. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Expansion President Obama expanded this marine monument from 139,818 to 582,578 square miles, making it the world’s largest protected area at the time. Papahānaumokuākea is home to more than…

Photo: MARE and NOAA
Photo: MARE and NOAA

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