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Join leading marine, natural and social scientists asking President Obama to “dramatically accelerate protections for U.S. waters” in no-take marine reserves.  We are seeking scientists from around the world to show their support for this. Why now?  As you may be aware, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his State Department are hosting the…

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As some of you may know, today is the annual International Day for Biological Diversity.   First proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993, the intent of the day is to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to biodiversity.  Our team at Marine Conservation Institute has always fought hard to protect biodiversity in our world’s…

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Today is Earth Day and we all should give thanks to be living on such a wonderful and vibrant planet.  As we celebrate, I encourage you to do something to help the Earth.  It may be selecting sustainable seafood, picking up trash on your local beaches, pledging to never buy water in plastic bottles again,…

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The island nation of Palau located in the western Pacific Ocean recently announced that it intended to eliminate commercial fishing so that they could build a robust tourism-based economy that focused on healthy resilient ocean ecosystems.  Palau will declare its entire 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to be a 100% marine sanctuary with…

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Several interesting scientific papers have recently documented the benefits of marine protected areas and the challenges associated with ensuring they do what we want them to do.  Two of these reports stood out because they confirm what Marine Conservation Institute has been emphasizing for years; that “watering down” marine protected areas is ineffective for conservation. …

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The world recently turned its attention to the tragic and senseless slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.  The killings occur after the “best” individuals are taken for aquarium and swim-with-dolphin-programs around the world. Rather than release the remainder of the dolphins, they are butchered – barbarically by anyone’s standards.  As if this isn’t bad enough,…

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Marine Conservation Institute elects 3 eminent ocean conservationists as Directors Amy Mathews-Amos, Les Watling and John Davis join Board Sonoma County CA (August 17).  Today, in celebration of our oceans, Marine Conservation Institute President Lance Morgan announced the election of three new Directors.  They are: John B. Davis, President of Marine Affairs Research and Education…

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Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants in Marine Environmental History and Historical Marine Ecology Application Deadline: 5pm PDT, April 16, 2012Decision Announcement: World Oceans Day, June 8, 2012 Web Site & Online Form: http://www.marine-conservation.org/tegner-grants/ Marine Conservation Institute is pleased to announce the 2012 Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants in Marine Environmental History and Historical…

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“Welcome to the promising, confusing, and maddening world of marine reserves.” The Unfulfilled Promise of the World’s Marine Protected Areas by Bruce Barcott: Yale Environment 360 A good overview by Bruce Barcott: Yale Environment 360; better science than is widely acknowledged, more fear than is warranted given the small fraction of existing MPAs ~1% globally,…

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