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President Trump has released two Executive Orders that are a direct attack on America’s most spectacular places on the land and in the sea, currently protected as National Monuments and National Marine Sanctuaries. These public lands and waters define who we are as a nation. The President’s attempt to revoke or shrink our monuments and…

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“Planet at a Crossroads” was the theme that guided the dialog of over 9,000 conservationists last week at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress. For ten intensive days, attendees collaboratively discussed the issues of their respective fields, energized by the rare opportunity to work as a global community to address…

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When leaders of the world’s seven most industrialized nations meet in Japan May 26-27 their decisions on key issues- such as how to energize a frail global economy and restrain the spread of terrorism- will likely capture the news headlines. But the leaders of the United States, Canada, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy,…

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How can you tell the difference between a fish caught illegally versus legally when at the supermarket or selecting your dinner at a restaurant? You can’t. The US imports approximately $2 billion a year in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) seafood, currently indistinguishable from its legal counterpart. These imports perpetuate overfishing and destructive practices around…

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Marine Conservation Institute has a lot to celebrate this holiday season as 2015 comes to a close. This year saw more area of the planet protected than any other time in history.  In 2015,  implemented marine protection increased by nearly 300,000 square kilometers and proposed marine protection increased by about 2.4 million square kilometers. In…

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The BLOB, a large mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean along the West Coast of the US, has risen to the ranks of “household name” for many affected by its presence.  The BLOB resulted from a persistent ridge of high pressure over the eastern pacific which suppressed winds and storms that normally cool…

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What do you get when you put 500 ocean leaders, conservationists and stakeholders from over 56 countries in a room together? Progress. Eighty new initiatives on marine conservation and protection- valued at over US$2.1 billion- were announced during the second Our Ocean Conference, held in Valparaiso, Chile earlier this week. Marine Conservation Institute’s MPAtlas.org team…

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A Monk Seal Pup Swims through marine debris. Credit: Daniel Fox

From shower gel to food packaging, plastic is globally pervasive. We are now finding our plastic waste in places we never intended, such as our oceans. A recent study published in Science estimates that, in 2010, between 10.5 and 28 billion pounds of plastic entered the oceans. That’s equivalent to five plastic grocery bags filled…

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