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The Perspective – Ocean Takeaways from COP27

Photo by Alex Mustard // Misool Marine Reserve corals. 2018 Blue Park Award winner. By Marine Conservation Institute Intern Alexandra Azevedo. This is the last blog in a series surrounding the outcomes of the COP15 summit held in Montreal, Cananda this past year. Click here for the second blog in the series. Last year, the…

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A half-hearted win for Indigenous rights at Convention for Biological Diversity – COP15

Photo by Mark Sullivan // NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Research Program. Papahānaumokuākea is a Blue Park that encompasses 1.5 million square kilometers. By Marine Conservation Institute Intern Jericha Major. This is a continued blog in a series surrounding the outcomes of the COP15 summit held in Montreal, Cananda this past year. Click here to read…

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World Resoundingly Agrees to Protect 30% of the Planet By 2030, Now Comes the Hard Part: Building a Vast, Highly Protected Network of Effectively Managed MPAs By the End of This Decade

© Picture Tobias Zimmer With contributions from Menelas Kosadinos, Beth Pike, Lance Morgan, Russell Moffitt & Jessica MacCarthy Across the globe, governments, NGOs, scientists, conservationists and many others are hailing the conclusion of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15) where countries successfully adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework late…

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National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Rejects Proposal to Expand Area for Rock Shrimp Bottom Trawl Fishery off Florida Coast

Decision saves remnants of fragile Oculina coral habitat found nowhere else on Earth from destruction Contacts: Dr. Lance Morgan, PresidentMarine Conservation Institute, USALance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org+1 707 217 8242 mobile Shari Anker, PresidentConservation Alliance of St. Lucie Countysranker@icloud.com+1 772 335 3484 NOAA Announcement https://bit.ly/3vozSV4 and Background Below [Washington, DC] National Oceanographic and Atmospheric (NOAA) officials rejected amendment 10 from…

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Three Blue Park Award Winners Announced at UN Ocean Conference

New Marine Protected Areas Recognized for Outstanding Conservation Friday 1 July 2022 [Lisbon, Portugal, 1 July 2022]—Three marine protected areas (MPAs) won prestigious Blue Park Awards for exceptional marine wildlife conservation at the United Nations Ocean Conference today. Apo Reef Natural Park (The Philippines), Raja Ampat Islands Marine Conservation Area (Indonesia), and Old Providence McBean…

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Scientists’ Warning of an Imperiled Ocean; 125 Scientists (and counting) Join Call to Action to Conserve and Restore Global Oceans

Contacts: Dr. Samuel Georgian, Samuel.Georgian@marine-conservation.org, 716-307-8607 Dr. Lance Morgan, Lance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org, 707-217-8242 [Seattle, WA] To commemorate US National Ocean Month in June and UN World Oceans Day on June 8th, Marine Conservation Institute announces a new scientific synthesis published in Biological Conservation detailing the causes of potentially irreversible declines in ocean health and marine wildlife along…

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First Time That 50 Largest US Marine Protected Areas Assessed for Effectiveness Using Rigorous Scientific Criteria; Almost 100% of US MPA ‘Eggs’ Are in One Basket in the Central Pacific

Effective Marine Conservation in US Is Not Representative; Most Regions Have Close to Zero Area Effectively Protected [Seattle, Washington, USA, May 18, 2022] One way humanity can harness the ocean to fight climate change and reverse the ongoing crisis in biodiversity and loss of species –though not the only way- is to establish effective marine…

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The Blue Climate Summit Names Marine Conservation Institute’s MPAtlas as Critical to Accelerating Solutions to Ocean and Climate Issues

[Papeete, French Polynesia, May 15, 2022] Marine Conservation Institute’s President, Dr. Lance Morgan, has been invited to present the highly regarded Marine Protected Atlas (MPAtlas) as part of the Blue Climate Summit convening this month at the Presidential Palace in French Polynesia. The objective of the conference is to highlight projects critical to solving the…

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