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Marine Conservation Institute Applauds U.S. Progress Towards International Marine Conservation Targets Under the Leadership of President Barack Obama

By Marine Conservation Institute | December 5, 2016

Seattle, WA—In a report released today, Marine Conservation Institute highlights that the U.S. has strongly protected 23% of all federal and state waters in marine reserves (over 1,087,000 sq mi), nearly double the 632,300 sq mi – or 13%– strongly protected as of 2015. The SeaStates 2016 report is a rigorous, quantitative accounting of strongly…

The deep sea holds secrets that need our protection

By Dr. Tessa Hill | October 27, 2016

Deep sea environments have always been fascinating and mysterious to me. As a child, I would stay awake at night flipping through pages of Cousteau’s The Ocean World trying to understand how I could possibly experience and understand all that the ocean held. My children now flip through the pages of that same book with…

Seamounts ARE Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems

By Les Watling | July 29, 2016

The concept of a vulnerable marine ecosystem, commonly referred to by its acronym VME, in high seas marine conservation management is about a decade old. United Nations General Assembly resolution 61/105 called “upon States to take action immediately, individually and through regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements, and consistent with the precautionary approach and ecosystem…

Seamounts: oases of biodiversity in California’s deep waters

By Sam Georgian | July 20, 2016

Beneath the deep waters off the coast of California exist submarine mountains that rise thousands of feet off the seafloor and harbor an incredible diversity of marine life. These underwater mountains are known as seamounts, classically defined as seafloor features that are taller than 1,000 m (3,300 feet), have steep sides and are roughly circular…

California’s Ancient Islands May Receive Additional Protections

By Lance Morgan | July 14, 2016

CALIFORNIA — Congressman Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have introduced landmark legislation to safeguard a series of underwater mountains and the marine wildlife they support in the deep sea off California. Known as “seamounts,” these extraordinary places are highly productive ‘oases’ in the deep sea. Off California, seamounts support rare deep‐water corals and…

Going in for the Krill: Why Whales Love the California Coast

By Suzanne Hillcoat | June 17, 2016

The California coast is a whale-watcher’s paradise. Not only can you find the world’s largest population of the world’s largest whale – the blue whale – here in the northeastern Pacific, but at certain times of year a lucky whale-watcher can spot up to four of the five species of whales that frequent these waters…

Photo: MARE and NOAA
Photo: MARE and NOAA

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