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Palau National Marine Sanctuary Named a Blue Spark in Growing Network of Outstanding Marine Protected Areas

Today, Marine Conservation Institute and the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) announced that the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) is a Blue Spark marine protected area collaboration. The Blue Spark designation reflects the leadership and commitment of PICRC to effectively implement the PNMS and reflects the progress this protected area is making towards earning a prestigious Blue Park Award for conservation excellence.

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Six marine conservation projects awarded Blue Parks Small Grants

[Seattle, USA, 13 October 2023] – Today, Marine Conservation Institute and Blue announce six inaugural recipients of Blue Parks Small Grants. These grants were awarded to projects that will improve marine protected areas (MPAs) and enhance their conservation outcomes. All six grant recipients are members of the Blue Parks Network and committed to safeguarding important places…

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Shark Fin Bay MPA Network Named a Blue Spark in Growing Network of Highest Quality Marine Protected Areas

Shark Fin Bay MPA Network named a Blue Spark

Press Kit (map, images, logos, background): https://marine-conservation.box.com/s/v5rh02t1or8kwvluvemz1fkkne98ymd9 [Palawan, Philippines, 5 October 2023] – Today, Marine Conservation Institute and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation announced that Shark Fin Bay MPA Network is now a Blue Spark marine protected area collaboration. The Blue Spark designation for this network of four MPAs indicates that the protected area is making progress…

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When fisheries and marine conservation go hand-in-hand: A Local Conservation Leader’s Perspective on Managed Access in Belize

By Blue Parks Intern Maya Green Featured Image: A handmade hope sign hangs from a tree in Punta Gorda, a small town in southern Belize. Punta Gorda is home to the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, and Port Honduras Marine Reserve is located just off its coast. Photo Credit: Carolyn Henri Just off the…

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Stakeholder engagement essential for successful designation of Highly Protected Marine Areas in Scotland

Featured Photo: View from the village of Elgol to the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Credit: Daniel Callaghan) Blog By Marine Conservation Institute Blue Parks Intern Daniel Callaghan The United Kingdom (UK) has the second highest percentage of country waters designated as fully or highly protected marine areas in the world at…

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After 50 years of National Marine Sanctuaries, can we please put the real meaning of the word ‘sanctuary’ into the program

It’s been 50 years since the passage of the National Marine Sanctuary Act in 1972, and we have reason to ask, ‘How effective are US marine sanctuaries at conserving marine life in US oceans?” Are they doing the job of protecting and conserving our nation’s most valuable marine ecosystems? Unfortunately, the answer to that question…

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Another Earth Day Comes and Goes

I’ve been celebrating Earth Day since 1970 when I was in high school; and now I am a 70-year old man. I’ve seen a lot of Earth Days come and go, some with a fanfare of government announcements and others with an insipid nod to Mother Earth. I get that there are a lot of…

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