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Green Light for Chilean Conservation: The President of Chile Makes Piedra del Viento an Official Coastal Marine Sanctuary

Blog written by Juan Buttazzoni, Director of Fundación Rompientes Marine Conservation Institute has partnered with Chile’s Fundación Rompientes to help turn a threatened stretch of central Chile’s coastline into a Blue Spark. Now, with a formal presidential designation, we celebrate the news and look ahead to the next steps for this new marine protected area.…

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Ocean Protection Accelerates

With World Oceans Day just around the corner, we’re thrilled to announce a new ocean protection program – the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Accelerator! Through working with environmental organizations, community leaders and governments, the Accelerator program helps ensure that new marine protected areas (MPAs) meet science-based standards to save ocean wildlife.     Our…

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Protecting Chile’s Ocean Treasures

By GLORES Ambassador Sebastian Nicholls  Imagine a land, at the tip of a continent, where the rugged coastline cuts into the ocean like a curved dagger, and the whales sing a different tongue. A land whose ferocious natives resisted several European invasions, but for a brief period accepted a French lawyer and adventurer as their…

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Top 5 Ocean Highlights of 2017

Like a seabird soaring above the blue, another year has flown by! There was a lot of marine protection news worth celebrating in 2017, and here are five of our favorite updates.   The Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary expansion Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary grew quite a bit this year when Colombian President Juan…

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Our Ocean 2017

Since the first Our Ocean in 2014, these annual conferences have brought together the world’s ocean leaders, scientists and conservation practitioners to transform pressing challenges into change. Its key areas of action include sustainable fisheries, pollution, climate change and marine protected areas (MPAs). With each ocean issue, it facilitates tangible and measurable commitments that build towards solutions.…

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IMPAC4 Highlights Pt. 1

This week is the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile, and our team’s there connecting with colleagues and sharing some of our major initiatives to help protect the ocean, MPAtlas.org and the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). Our friends at OpenChannels are providing amazing live-blog coverage from the conference and here are…

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How to Protect the Living Ocean?

We are packing up our bags, computers, maps, and brochures and flying to Chile. No, we are not fleeing the current political regime in the U.S. We are going to the beachside city of La Serena-Coquimbo for the 4th International Congress of Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC4). Every four years, the global conservation community gathers at…

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12 Days of Fishmas, Day 10!

Marine Conservation Institute has a lot to celebrate this holiday season as 2015 comes to a close. This year saw more area of the planet protected than any other time in history.  In 2015,  implemented marine protection increased by nearly 300,000 square kilometers and proposed marine protection increased by about 2.4 million square kilometers. In…

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12 Days of Fishmas, Day 9!

Marine Conservation Institute has a lot to celebrate this holiday season as 2015 comes to a close. This year saw more area of the planet protected than any other time in history.  In 2015,  implemented marine protection increased by nearly 300,000 square kilometers and proposed marine protection increased by about 2.4 million square kilometers. In…

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Celebrating Our Ocean 2015 Meeting

What do you get when you put 500 ocean leaders, conservationists and stakeholders from over 56 countries in a room together? Progress. Eighty new initiatives on marine conservation and protection- valued at over US$2.1 billion- were announced during the second Our Ocean Conference, held in Valparaiso, Chile earlier this week. Marine Conservation Institute’s MPAtlas.org team…

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