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In a world that grows ever warmer and ever more degraded by human activities, scientists and policy makers have watched with unease as the triple crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and the decline of ocean health have reinforced each other in a downward spiral. Each of the three crises makes the other two worse.…

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Featured Picture: A Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis sp.) swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.   Today, we release the first in a series of short videos and multi-media stories about a unique place in U.S. oceans — huge underwater mountains, called seamounts. Rising from the deep, dark seafloor…

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By Lance Morgan, President at Marine Conservation Institute   There is growing scientific evidence and support for protecting at least 30% of the planet. The 2019 report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) highlights the dire future of biodiversity on our planet if we do not act decisively now.  Seagrass beds,…

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By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador.   This year, the global community faces a deadline to correct a perverse dynamic in an industry that reaches into the world’s most remote and untouched frontiers—the far reaches of the ocean. Fishing subsidies that benefit the largest ships, fleets and companies are leaving the livelihoods and food security…

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By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador. On March 26th, President Danny Faure of the Republic of Seychelles formalized a marine spatial plan for the entire exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Seychelles, touting “the legal designation of one-third of [the Seychelles’]  ocean territory, as a marine protected area.”[1] As governments work to make good on…

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Featured Picture: Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of Ramón Pulido. By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador.   Surrounded by mangroves that grow on low-lying islands and the mainland coast, the Port of Buenaventura bustles with activity—it’s a gateway to that largest of oceans, the Pacific, and the diverse wildlife that calls the Colombian Pacific…

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Recently, Amazon CEO and the world’s wealthiest person, Jeff Bezos, pledged $10 billion to fight climate change, which he referred to as “the biggest threat to our planet,” via the creation of the Bezos Earth Fund. The vast opportunities created by such large philanthropic initiatives prompt thoughtful deliberation about the necessary actions to minimize and…

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Featured Pic: Solomon Islands, The Pacific. Photo courtesy of Tracey Jennings/ Coral Reef Image Bank  By Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute “Yeah, as long as the Arctic stays cold,” – so ends the 1958 horror film The Blob (https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x796ljc). Steve McQueen’s character is expressing his dissatisfaction that the now frozen Blob is once and…

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Featured Pic: A vibrant and diverse coral garden discovered on top of a small knoll within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Photo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Marine Conservation Institute recently participated in a deep-sea expedition tasked with exploring seamount habitats in and around the…

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