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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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The Geographic Range of Sea Otters and The Future of Populations Along the California Coast

Blog by: Annette Lee, Development and Communications Intern  Featured Image: Morgan Rector Brief Overview of the Sea Otter     Sea otters (Enhydra lutris) are a charismatic marine species that are among some of the smallest marine mammals but have a larger body size when compared to their fresh-water dwelling relatives, the river otters. Sea otters are known for their incredibly dense…

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Hope on the Horizon in the High Seas

Blog by: Emily Nocito, MS – Blue Parks Intern In September 2019 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, painting a picture of calamity on the horizon. This report, composed of over 100 scientists from 30+ countries, tackled a variety of issues…

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Can Divers be Conservationists? This SCUBA instructor is on a mission to bridge ocean protection and recreation

Blog by: Caitlin McCall, Blue Parks Ambassador Blue Parks Ambassadors are ocean champions across the world and diverse spheres who care deeply about safeguarding life in the sea. They help us build support for Blue Parks by communicating the value of these special places for revitalizing the health of the ocean. Here, ambassador Caitlin McCall…

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How Fishing Communities Use Locally Managed Marine Areas to Combat the Effects of Climate Change

Blog by: Arianna Trapp, Blue Parks Science Intern Featured Image: Fishing in Fiji by Tom Vierus Most large, well-known marine protected areas (MPAs) are located in developed, financially stable countries where central governance and ample budgets for management are common. However, the top-down, centrally managed structure of many of these MPAs doesn’t work everywhere, particularly…

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Are Fish Aggregating Devices just a FAD?

Blog by: Lindsay Brubaker, Blue Parks Science Intern Featured Image: A view from below of a fish aggregating device (FAD). Wade Fairey Fish Aggregating Devices—called FADs—result in five times more bycatch than other fishing methods, and lost FADs become ghost gear, costing millions of dollars in cleanup efforts in fragile ecosystems. These floating ocean objects…

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The Scoop on Spillover: How Blue Parks are Bigger than Their Boundaries

Blog by: Allie Smith, Blue Parks Science Intern Featured Image: Hammerhead Shark by Shane Gross What we’ve seen in marine protected areas is promising: evidence that these reserves not only support the ecosystems within their boundaries, but also benefit surrounding marine and human communities. Though hard to quantify, the “spillover effect” has been documented in…

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