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I will be traveling down under to the World Parks Congress this November 12-19, in Sydney, Australia along with Marine Conservation Institute staff scientist Russell Moffitt who manages our MPAtlas project. The meeting is organized by the IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and highlights the important role of protected areas in…

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Extending to the horizon, the sea appears limitless, and throughout human history, we have often acted as if it is – catching fish in increasingly vast numbers and pouring in pollution that seems to disappear.  No wonder ocean conservation efforts have lagged behind those of land efforts. Tragically, the ocean is now in distress from…

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On August 13th Elliott Norse and I hosted the first Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) workshop at the University of Glasgow the day before the official start of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3). Establishing rigorous and transparent scientific criteria for ensuring the effectiveness of marine protected areas is a complex and academically challenging endeavor.…

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Since President Obama announced his intent to consider expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, a great deal of conversation has focused on current fishing practices in the potentially affected areas.  In particular, there has been concern expressed that a monument expansion would severely impact the Hawai’i-based longline fleet.  However, since 1994, the fishing…

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Where do McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches Come From? Reposted from Greenpeace Blogs Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is asking McDonald’s to stand down on an issue that could impact the long term availability of one of its signature products — the Filet-O-Fish sandwich. Yesterday, Senator Murkowski asked McDonald’s to ignore environmental groups who are calling for important and long-overdue…

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I am very excited that President Barack Obama is rewriting ocean history today by designating the world’s largest strongly protected area in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Using his authority as President under the Antiquities Act he is proposing to dramatically expand Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 87,000 square miles to 782,000 square miles.…

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Secretary Kerry, in his welcoming remarks today at Our Oceans 2014, highlighted some very promising directions for the Obama administration.  Among other things, he said: “Let’s develop a plan that protects more marine habitats, and we will have an announcement regarding that. I believe President Obama will make such an announcement.” “Today, less than 2…

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