Washington, DC—November 12, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, successfully concluded its Global Marine Protected Area Partner Summit in California last week with marine scientists and policy makers from around the world. Today, it released a short video on the initiative under discussion at the Summit for a global ocean refuge system called GLORES that would strongly protect at least 20% of each biogeographic region in the ocean to conserve biological diversity. Healthy, resilient oceans are also key to fishery sustainability and the benefits it provides to humans in the face of increasing human impacts, including ocean warming and acidification.
The Global Marine Protected Area Partner Summit was convened by Marine Conservation Institute and hosted by Esri, the world’s leading vendor of geographic information systems, at its headquarters in Redlands, CA on November 2-3. The Summit brought together important marine conservation organizations and prominent scientists to explore collaboration and new tools for enhancing marine protected area efforts around the world.
Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, said, “Participants acknowledged that the world needs to quickly ramp up efforts to establish strongly protected ocean refuges like the parks we have on land before marine wildlife and fish go extinct from overfishing, habitat destruction and the impacts of rapid ocean warming and acidification.”
The meeting was attended by over 35 independent organizations and agencies including Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, NOAA, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, James Cook University (AU), the Natural Resources Defense Council, and High Seas Alliance among others. Marine Conservation Institute convened the Summit in the belief that the enormous global task of conserving marine biodiversity should be addressed as a united community, in partnership.
The video released today begins with “Astronomers have been exploring the universe since before the time of Galileo and have found only one place that supports life —the beautiful blue, ocean covered planet called Earth,” and continues to describe the urgent need to protect human existence by conserving the life in today’s oceans. The ocean produces about one of every two breaths of oxygen we take, absorbs almost half of the carbon dioxide and a lot of the heat we emit as pollution.
About Marine Conservation Institute
Marine Conservation Institute is a team of highly-experienced marine scientists and environmental-policy advocates dedicated to saving ocean life for us and future generations. The organization’s overarching goal is to help the world create an urgently-needed worldwide system of strongly protected areas—the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES)—a strategic, cost-effective way to ensure future diversity and abundance of marine life. For more information, please go to: http://www.marine-conservation.org
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