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Seamounts are underwater mountains that rise from the seabed. Because most of the world’s seafloor is a muddy plain, seamounts are special deep-sea features that support unique creatures. Seamounts can arise along mid-ocean ridges, as isolated landmarks, or as volcanoes in chains and clusters. Off California, several seamounts were ancient islands that only went under…

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We are very excited to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Turtle Island Restoration Network! Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) works to mobilize people in local communities around the world to protect marine wildlife and the oceans and inland watersheds that sustain them. The TIRN team accomplishes their mission through grassroots…

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This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Ellen Hines, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Hines is the Associate Director and a Professor of Geography at the Estuary & Ocean Research Center at San Francisco State University. She researches the population and community…

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This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Jennifer O’Leary, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Dr. Jennifer O’Leary is a marine ecologist with California Sea Grant at California Polytechnic State University who works at the interface between science and management. Her research focuses…

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This year promises to be an interesting and exciting one for marine conservation, and we’re ready to meet its opportunities and challenges head-on for our oceans. We will continue advocating for strong protection of our oceans, strengthening our initiatives and working with you to safeguard marine biodiversity. Here’s a preview of our plans for this…

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Our Atlas of Marine Protection (MPAtlas.org) team has released its annual review of US marine protection levels for 2017. They update the SeaStates US report annually to ensure it is the most rigorous, quantitative, and topical accounting of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the waters of US coastal states and territories. First published in 2013, the…

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Our oceans are dotted with thousands of underwater mountains scattered beneath the waves that harbor an incredible diversity of marine life. Known as seamounts, these extraordinary places are highly productive oases in the sea, and are home to extremely fragile, long-lived, rare and sometimes endangered marine life. Some seamounts function like rest stops for migratory…

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Deep sea environments have always been fascinating and mysterious to me. As a child, I would stay awake at night flipping through pages of Cousteau’s The Ocean World trying to understand how I could possibly experience and understand all that the ocean held. My children now flip through the pages of that same book with…

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Beneath the deep waters off the coast of California exist submarine mountains that rise thousands of feet off the seafloor and harbor an incredible diversity of marine life. These underwater mountains are known as seamounts, classically defined as seafloor features that are taller than 1,000 m (3,300 feet), have steep sides and are roughly circular…

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