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Scientists call partially protected areas the “Red Herrings” of marine conservation

New Studies Explore the Effectiveness, or rather Ineffectiveness, of Partially Protected Marine Areas By Eleri Griffiths, Blue Parks Intern Marine protected areas (MPAs) are vital tools for protecting, conserving, and restoring marine ecosystems. Leading experts in marine science and conservation across the globe are advocating for protection of 30% of the global ocean by 2030…

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Winners of the JEDI Ocean Award Announced

For Immediate Release June 24, 2021 Contact: Hannah Hindley, hannnah.hindley@marine-conservation.org, 707-206-2073 (cell) Madeleine Serkissian, madeleine.serkissian@marine-conservation.org, 707-799-3980 (cell) Angela Morgan, angela.morgan@marine-conservation.org 707-217-8244 (cell) [Glen Ellen, CA] This week, Marine Conservation Institute announces the recipients of the first annual JEDI Ocean Award for Sonoma County teens. The JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) award celebrates local Black,…

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How filmmaking could help save the ocean

https://marine-conservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Whiskey-Sky-blog.mp3 Meet Chris Chen and Maria Bernal-Silva, the creative forces behind Marine Conservation Institute’s new organizational video Earlier this year, Emmy-nominated video editor Chris Chen of Whiskey Sky Media listened in on a conversation that would lead to an extraordinary project. In his San Diego home, Chris leaned in and dialed up the volume on…

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President Biden’s goal of conserving at least 30% of our lands and oceans by 2030 will be transformational for the ocean; 90 day Dept. of Interior report outlines how it will be done

For Immediate Release May 6, 2021 Contact: Lance Morgan, Lance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org, 707-217-8242 (cell) Mike Gravitz, Michael.Gravitz@marine-conservation.org, 301-351-5052 (cell) [Glen Ellen, CA] As an organization of marine scientists, Marine Conservation Institute enthusiastically supports the Biden administration “goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030” because good science shows that is the…

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Oceans Can Contribute to Biden Announcement of Bold Greenhouse Gas Reductions

For Immediate Release April 22, 2021 Contact: Lance Morgan, Lance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org, 707-217-8242 (cell) Mike Gravitz, Michael.Gravitz@marine-conservation.org, 301-351-5052 (cell) [Glen Ellen, CA] Today, a little after 8:00 am eastern and before dozens of world leaders participating in the Leader’s Summit on Climate, President Biden set bold greenhouse gas emission reductions for the United States—cutting 2005 emission levels…

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Galapagos Expansion Named a Blue Spark in Growing Network of Highest Quality Marine Protected Areas

For Immediate Release January 27, 2021 Contact: Lance Morgan, Lance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org, 707-217-8242 (cell) [Seattle, WA] Marine Conservation Institute announced today that the proposed expansion of protections around the Galápagos is now a Blue Spark marine protected area collaboration. The Blue Spark designation for this proposed protected area reflects significant public and scientific interest in strengthening protections for this…

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A Blue Park in a Changing Climate: New studies explore the successes and challenges of managing the Channel Islands MPAs in the face of a warming ocean

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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