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Earlier this month, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) was moved from Endangered to Critically Endangered status on the IUCN Red List.[1] Less than 250 mature whales remain after a decade of continual population decline, with particularly elevated deaths since 2017.  These extra…

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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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Feature Photo: Santiago Estrada, courtesy of Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia   For 30 years, Shark Week has garnered widespread attention for its focus on our ocean’s most iconic predators. Though its programming can be more sensational than science based, Shark Week brings these incredible animals home for millions of Americans. And sharks need our attention…

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The global community is pushing forward on promises to achieve internationally agreed upon levels of environmental protection, and marine scientists are working diligently to evaluate the efficacy of these actions. Definitions are being refined, levels of protection are being researched, and “on the water” implementation is being evaluated. Marine Conservation Institute is leading this work…

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In an effort to achieve the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) goal of strongly protecting at least 30% of our ocean by 2030 to sufficiently “protect biodiversity, preserve ecosystem services, and achieve socioeconomic priorities,” many countries have ramped up their efforts to designate more marine protected areas (MPAs). Following this trend, Philippines’…

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“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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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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As you or your loved ones prepare to head home for the holidays, the team at Marine Conservation Institute wants to tell you about 5 amazing marine animals that are also traveling this holiday season: Pacific leatherback sea turtles, Atlantic bluefin tuna, southern right whales, wandering albatrosses and whale sharks. In fact, these long-distance voyagers…

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