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https://marine-conservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/MLK-Blog.mp3 A reflection on the influential Civil Rights leader and the state of environmental justice today This week, we observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a holiday intended not only to honor this giant of the American Civil Rights movement who was assassinated more than 50 years ago, and to commemorate the immense struggles of Black…

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In a year of bleak headlines, here are our favorite newsworthy highlights to rekindle your hope for the ocean in 2021 No doubt about it: this has been a year of exhausting news. From the ongoing global pandemic to nerve-wracking threats to marine protections both globally (such as the Chinese fishing fleet amassed just outside…

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This ongoing series of spotlight blogs profiles our Blue Parks Ambassadors: a group of ocean champions across diverse spheres who care deeply about safeguarding life in the sea. Blue Parks Ambassadors build the momentum toward the Blue Parks aim of securing effective protection for 30% of the ocean by 2030 by communicating the value of…

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For Immediate Release Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Contact: Lance Morgan Lance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org, 707-217-8242 (cell) Mike Gravitz Michael.Gravitz@marine-conservation.org, 301-351-5052 (cell) [Glen Ellen, CA] In response to the worldwide climate crisis and accelerating impacts from intensified storms, ocean warming, ocean acidification and altered distributions of commercial fish populations, House Natural Resources Chairman Grijalva and Chair of the Select…

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For Immediate Release Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Contact: Lance Morgan Lance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org, 707-217-8242 (cell) Mike Gravitz Michael.Gravitz@marine-conservation.org, 301-351-5052 (cell) [Glen Ellen, CA] Suffering the impacts of climate change intensified fires, ocean warming, drought, and species loss, today California joined 38 countries around the world in setting a goal of protecting 30% of its lands and waters…

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Ventura, CA — Today, Marine Conservation Institute will present a Blue Park Award to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and the National Park Service at a 4:00 pm ceremony at the Santa Barbara Zoo. The award recognizes the collaborative efforts of state and federal managers in meeting the highest science-based standards for protection and management of the northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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[October 24, 2019. Oslo, Norway]  Today at Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, Norway, Marine Conservation Institute and its international science council awarded six outstanding marine protected areas (MPAs) Blue Park designation. A total of 16 MPAs now hold the prestigious Blue Park Award indicating that they meet the highest science-based standards for marine life protection…

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We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on SEVENSEAS Media! SEVENSEAS Media is a media nonprofit and monthly e-magazine focusing on marine conservation. It is a leading free resource that connects and promotes an international network of scientists, researchers, students, and ocean lovers to news, job opportunities, and adventure. SEVENSEAS…

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[Bali, Indonesia]  Today at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference, where representatives from about one hundred nations around the world and hundreds of marine conservationists are gathered, Marine Conservation Institute announced that seven new blue parks have been selected to receive its Global Ocean Refuge System Award. The newest members of the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES,…

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This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Simon Pittman, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Pittman is an Associate Researcher at the University of Plymouth in the UK and Director of Seascape Analytics. He has been instrumental in building the foundations for the newly emerging…

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