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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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World’s First Deep-Water Coral Marine Protected Area Established in 1984 Off Florida Coast Now Facing Threat

Can the Biden-Harris administration move forward with America the Beautiful Plan if NOAA and Regional Fishery Management Councils Move Backwards? Friday, April 29, 2022Seattle, WA, USA Contacts: Mike Gravitz, Director of Policy and LegislationMarine Conservation InstituteMichael.Gravitz@marine-conservation.org301 351 5052 cell Dr. Lance Morgan, PresidentMarine Conservation InstituteLance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org+1 707 217 8242 cell Shari Anker, PresidentConservation Alliance of St.…

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Meet the 2022 Blue Park Award nominees, and help us evaluate them!

Blue Park Awards recognize outstanding marine protected areas (MPAs) that are safeguarding life in the sea. Nominees for the award go through a rigorous assessment using Blue Parks science-based criteria. They are the MPAs that are in the right places, with the right rules, and the right management to effectively protect marine wildlife. We are…

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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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A Blue Park Becomes the Largest Fully Protected Marine Reserve in the North Atlantic

Featured Image: Giant anemone (Telmatactis cricoides) with white-striped cleaner shrimp (Lysmata grabhami). Photograph by Andy Mann, National Geographic Pristine Seas Off the northwestern shores of Africa, Madeira’s Ilhas Selvagens—the Savage Islands—are rugged and remote, inhabited only by park rangers, nesting seabirds, and endemic geckos. Enormous ocean swells sweep past the skeletons of old shipwrecks, churning…

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Mapping ocean protection, part 3

This is part of an ongoing series of video tutorials exploring the Marine Protection Atlas. Check out the first one here, and the second one here. What if you could choose a travel destination based not just on how beautiful is, but also on how well-protected it is? What if you had the tools to understand how…

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Mapping ocean protection, part 2

This is part of an ongoing series of video tutorials exploring the Marine Protection Atlas. Check out the first one here. What if you could choose a travel destination based not just on how beautiful is, but also on how well-protected it is? What if you had the tools to understand how your local bay or favorite surf…

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