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Inside the Fight to Save Underwater Volcanoes

Featured image: An orange basket star covers a Picasso sponge at Davidson Seamount, California. Image courtesy of NOAA and MBARI. The deep sea harbors the greatest number of species and ecosystems on Earth. Within this vast realm, the dazzling submerged volcanoes called seamounts are among the most diverse places of all. Scientists have long recognized that…

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If not now, when? Conserving Seamounts on a Global Scale

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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High Seas History in the Making

Feature Pic: Elias Levy World leaders may soon make history for ocean wildlife. After more than a decade of halting progress, a UN Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) is convening for the next 10 days to negotiate a treaty to protect biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), also known as the high seas. An agreement would…

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GLORES Partner Spotlight: Global Ocean Trust

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Global Ocean Trust! Global Ocean Trust (GOT) focuses on finding innovative finance mechanisms for better ocean governance and promotes science-based solutions to ocean issues. GOT works through international partnerships to establish marine protected areas representing diverse ecosystems around the globe. GOT helps…

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Our 2018 Conservation Priorities

This year promises to be an interesting and exciting one for marine conservation, and we’re ready to meet its opportunities and challenges head-on for our oceans. We will continue advocating for strong protection of our oceans, strengthening our initiatives and working with you to safeguard marine biodiversity. Here’s a preview of our plans for this…

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Tragedy and Hope on the High Seas

The high seas are the area of ocean beyond national jurisdiction, where laws are hard to come by and criminals are even harder to catch. Marine life and those forced into labor on illegal fishing vessels ultimately suffer the most from this lack of accountability. Solving the problem of illegal fishing, over-fishing and a lack…

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Marine Conservation Institute Urges the Preparatory Committee on Sustainable Use and Conservation of Marine Diversity on the High Seas to Include Fully-Protected Areas as a Key Goal of New Agreement

Washington, DC—March 28, 2016—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, urges international negotiators at a United Nation’s committee preparing recommendations for conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity on the high seas to establish a robust process to fully-protect key areas.  Our planet is over 70 percent ocean and life on Earth…

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A Grand Agreement, A Grand Achievement

From November 30-December 12, 2015, world leaders met in Paris, France for the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate. COP21, as said by President Obama, “could be a ‘turning point’ towards a low-carbon future.” The historic Paris climate agreement established a model for the world to…

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Marine Conservation Institute Releases Powerful Video Describing the Global Ocean Refuge System

Washington, DC—November 12, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, successfully concluded its Global Marine Protected Area Partner Summit in California last week with marine scientists and policy makers from around the world. Today, it released a short video on the initiative under discussion at the Summit for a global ocean refuge system…
Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Releases Powerful Video Describing the Global Ocean Refuge System after Concluding an International Workshop on Marine Protected Area Collaboration

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High Seas Finally Getting Some Protection

For most of us who live in heavily settled urban areas where laws govern many of our activities, it might be surprising to learn that nearly half of our planet remains unclaimed and ungoverned by any nations. Where is this half of the planet that is essentially free from any real rules or protections? It…

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