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By Eleri Griffiths, Blue Parks Intern Featured Image: The Channel Islands MPA network is located in the Southern California Bight off the coast of southern California. It covers over 3,800 km2 of coastal and ocean waters and includes seagrass beds, kelp forests and coral gardens. The islands’ sandy beaches and rock formations are home to…

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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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https://marine-conservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/MPAtlas-Past-Blog-.mp3 A Decade (2011 – 2020) of Marine Conservation in Review Declared the UN Decade of Biodiversity, the past ten years brought about a lot of change in the field of marine conservation. At the beginning of the decade, the conservation of our oceans lagged behind the efforts to protect land with only about 2%…

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The turn of the decade has come and gone with many unexpected losses and challenges. Heightened racial tensions, some of the worst wildfires in decades, and COVID-19 didn’t quite make the year for which we were all hoping. In the midst of this, 2020 has also seen consequential outcomes for ocean protection. To recognize a few of the main players in marine conservation this year, we bring you our list of MPA superlatives: a two-part exploration of the ocean’s biggest losses and wins of 2020! Part 2.

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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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Featured image: An orange basket star covers a Picasso sponge at Davidson Seamount, California. Image courtesy of NOAA and MBARI. The deep sea harbors the greatest number of species and ecosystems on Earth. Within this vast realm, the dazzling submerged volcanoes called seamounts are among the most diverse places of all. Scientists have long recognized that…

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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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