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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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Meet Our Favorite Marine Biogeographer!

Dr. Sam Georgian sometimes spends several weeks at sea on research cruises that explore the mysteries of the seafloor. Even after he returns from expeditions, Sam’s dreams take place on ships for months afterward! This adventurer and ocean explorer is a biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute. More often than not, his current research involves sitting…

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Blue Parks Network Grows & Inspires

At Marine Conservation Institute’s 25th Anniversary Gala on December 9th, we announced four new Blue Park Award winners – marine protected areas (MPAs) that have achieved the highest science-based standards for marine life protection. We welcome these four new Blue Parks to the global Blue Parks network, designed to protect and regenerate our ocean’s biodiversity.…

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Marine Conservation Institute Announces the 2021 Blue Park Award Winners Marine Protected Areas Recognized for Outstanding Conservation

Thursday 9 December 2021 Contact: Dr. Sarah Hameed, Senior Scientist & Blue Parks Director Marine Conservation Institute, USA Sarah.Hameed@marine-conservation.org Dr. Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, USALance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org Press Kit (map, images, logos, background):https://marine-conservation.box.com/s/s3tnuxi3ulufiy9pg9pvia66b6u15mas  [Seattle, WA, December 9, 2021-Marine Conservation Institute announces four new marine protected areas (MPAs) have won the prestigious Blue Park Award…

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In the World of Conservation, “Compliance” Makes or Breaks a Marine Reserve’s Success. Here’s How We Can Be Better.

By Blue Parks Intern Kate Allcock Featured Image by Antonio-Soriano When it comes to conservation, quality matters as much as quantity. When a marine protected area’s rules aren’t followed, non-compliance can result in marine reserves that are protected “on paper” but ineffective at achieving any real biodiversity or climate benefits. What factors contribute to non-compliance,…

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