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Seamounts are massive underwater volcanoes that occur across the planet. They attract and support large numbers of animals including fish, sharks, sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals at the surface and shelter an incredible array of deep-sea life, including cold-water corals and sponges that build crucial structures, or ‘homes’, for large amounts of marine life on the bottom. These habitats are the ‘old-growth forests’ of the ocean – they are long-lived, slow growing, and extremely slow to recover following disturbance from activities like bottom trawling or seabed mining. Of the 10,000 plus seamounts known to exist, only around 10% are protected from some type of destruction. Marine Conservation Institute has a campaign to protect the 60 seamounts off the coast of California and is working with partners to protect many more around the world.

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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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Featured Pic: A giant basket star off the coast of Baker Island. Image courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Expedition Overview Marine Conservation Institute recently participated in the E/V Nautilus NA114 field expedition that explored numerous seamounts across the Central Pacific Ocean. The expedition focused on collecting baseline…

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Robert Woods has been a fish keeping enthusiast ever since his parents bought him is first tank at age 4. Since then, he has gone on to keep hundreds of different species and now educates aquarists through his online publication Fishkeeping World.   Evidence points to the fact that we are currently facing the Earth’s sixth…

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By Michael Gravitz, Director of Policy & Legislation at Marine Conservation Institute   People often ask us how the oceans are doing and whether things are getting better or worse for them. It’s natural to get that question a lot around International Oceans Day, June 8th, when there is more attention in the media about all…

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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 SkyTruth! SkyTruth uses the view from space to motivate people to protect the environment. They utilize technology to identify and monitor threats to the planet’s natural resources such as offshore drilling and oil spills, urban sprawl, fracking, mountaintop removal mining,…

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This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Alan Friedlander, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council! Over the past 35 years, Dr. Friedlander has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater—from coral reefs to the poles, and to depths of thousands of meters. He started…

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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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