It's been a busy year for Marine Conservation Institute and thanks to supporters like you, we've made great progress in our efforts to protect ocean life. Below are a few accomplishments included in our Top Ten Highlights from 2013:
- We official announced the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) at the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress. Designed to catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of every ocean region, GLORES is a new, strategic new way to effectively safeguard marine ecosystems and save almost all marine species from extinction. We are very excited about GLORES and invite you to learn more in our latest blog post.
- Just weeks ago, Marine Conservation Institute and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership held the first-ever ocean acidification workshop for the New Zealand shellfish industry. The workshop gathered scientists, governmental officials and industry professionals to help New Zealand and others in the Pacific prepare for the growing threat of ocean acidification.
- We released SeaStates 2013, the first-ever ranking of how well US states protect their coastal waters. Utilizing data from MPAtlas.org, this ground-breaking report showed that only three states and territories provide strong, effective protection for more than 1% of their waters through no-take marine reserves.
- After four years of on-going work, we secured fishing regulations for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. These regulations will give the US Coast Guard the legal basis it needs to defend the Monument's vibrant coral reefs and surrounding waters from illegal fishing.
Marine Conservation Institute may be small, but we get results. Our team of scientists and policy experts are dedicated and passionate about saving ocean life. While we are making progress, there is much work to be done and 2014 is shaping up to be a momentous year.
Marine Conservation Institute relies on the generous support of individuals like you to make programs like these possible. This holiday season, I hope you will consider making a year-end donation to support our important scientific research and advocacy work.
Thank you for a wonderful year and here's to making a difference for our oceans in 2014!