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Ten years ago this month in January 2009, President George W. Bush designated a small island and coral reef system in American Samoa a marine national monument, called Rose Atoll. It is named so after its rosy pink corals. The monument protects 10,000 square miles of ocean from any commercial fishing or other extraction. Since…

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By GLORES Science Intern, Abbie Dosell Sharks are an essential part of marine ecosystems, asserting top-down control that maintains ecosystem balance. However, these beloved predators are consistently threatened by fisheries bycatch, pollution, habitat loss and shark finning. Shark finning alone is estimated to be responsible for the deaths of 73 million sharks annually. Sharks and…

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  By Abbie Dosell,  Marine Conservation Institute GLORES Science Intern   Some of the world’s most biodiverse and ecologically valuable marine ecosystems are sporadically distributed among different regions and cultures globally. Due to this diversity, a one-size-fits-all marine protected area (MPA) framework is not sufficient to protect biodiversity. Locally Managed Marine Areas, or LMMAs, offer…

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We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Pacific Environment! Pacific Environment protects people, wildlife, and ecosystems by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities, and shaping international policies. In its fight for healthy oceans, the organization leads international campaigns and collaborates with local communities to establish marine protected areas and sensible…

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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. David Hyrenbach, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! David Hyrenbach is an associate professor of oceanography at Hawai’i Pacific University. An expert in the ecology and conservation of marine birds, Dr. Hyrenbach has extensive experience with marine protected area science…

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This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Douglas McCauley, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Douglas McCauley began his career as a fisherman in the Port of Los Angeles. He now serves as a Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. Prof.…

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This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Leslie Cornick, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Dr. Leslie Cornick is a marine ecologist and vertebrate physiologist with over 20 years’ experience in marine science and conservation, policy, and stakeholder engagement. She taught at Alaska Pacific University…

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This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Mark Hixon, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council! Mark Hixon is an endowed professor of marine biology at the University of Hawai’i. An expert in the ecology and conservation biology of coastal marine fishes, Dr. Hixon has extensive experience with…

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