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Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates US 2017

Our Marine Protection Atlas (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 reports…

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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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Planet at a Crossroads

“Planet at a Crossroads” was the theme that guided the dialog of over 9,000 conservationists last week at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress. For ten intensive days, attendees collaboratively discussed the issues of their respective fields, energized by the rare opportunity to work as a global community to address…

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Planet at a Crossroads

In just a few days’ time, team members at Marine Conservation Institute will be traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii to attend the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress from September 1-10th. The theme of the Congress is “Our planet at a crossroads”, and we couldn’t agree more. “The ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being and survival are collapsing.…

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Island Earth

This September, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature is holding its World Conservation Congress, and this year participants aren’t just flying to the conference in Hawai’i. A few adventurous conservationists are sailing to the meeting, without the standard navigational aids. Their boat is a 62 foot long double-hulled canoe called the Hokule’a that…

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New Habitat Protections Will Help Hawaiian Monk Seals Avoid Extinction

HONOLULU— The National Marine Fisheries Service today issued a final rule protecting almost 7,000 square miles of critical habitat for Hawaiian monk seals, among the world’s most endangered marine mammals. The ruling requires greater scrutiny of federally funded or permitted projects along coastal areas on the main Hawaiian Islands to protect this native monk seal,…

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The Power of Papahānaumokuākea

Nestled in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a nearly 140,000 square mile marine protected area. Within Papahānaumokuākea marine life flourishes and new species are frequently found. An abundance of information can be learned by studying the environment of this remote, protected site, which is an outstanding example of a marine protected…

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