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Washington, DC—October 22, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Brian Schatz –who introduced the pirate fishing bill in May 2015—and other cosponsors for making passage of the pirate fishing bill (HR 774) a bipartisan priority that passed the Senate last night. The legislation greatly strengthens…

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“To deny any person their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of hunger and deprivation is to dehumanize them.” – Nelson Mandela   According to the World Food and Agriculture Organization, about 85% of fish populations around the world are fully exploited or overfished and need…

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Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Senator Lisa Murkowski and a group of cosponsors for marking up S. 1334, a bill to strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and implement several fishery treaties. With four diverse cosponsors, this bill has proved that important ocean problems like pirate…

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The fifth Blue Vision Summit took place this week in Washington, DC, bringing in hundreds of grassroots ocean activists from all across the United States. The Summit began on Monday night with a panel that featured Ralph Nader and Congressman Sam Farr, followed by explorers Fabien Cousteau and Paul Rose, all of whom spoke of the importance of our oceans,…

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Washington, DC—April 30, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Delegate Madeline Bordallo, R (Guam), Representative Don Young, R (AK), Chairman Rob Bishop, R (UT), and a group of bipartisan cosponsors for making this a bipartisan priority and marking up H.R. 774, the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015…

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Happy Earth Day from everyone at Marine Conservation Institute! We hope each of you have a chance today to spend a little time outside and appreciate the incredible planet we all share. We also wanted to share with you 3 simple things you can do today to help our oceans! Try avoiding single use plastics.…

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As water rushed into the ship and flooded the hull, any remaining evidence of illegal fishing activity disappeared as the Thunder, a notorious pirate fishing ship slowly sank into the ocean. Judging by the cheers from the captain and crew (conveniently already in life rafts), the Thunder’s demise was intentional, bringing to an end the…

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Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, praises the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of State and the twelve other federal agencies that form the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud for releasing their final Action Plan for reducing the imports of…

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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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Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, commended the White House on the recommendations released today from its Task Force on Combatting IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud. The Task Force, which was composed of 14 agencies and worked for 6 months, recommended a comprehensive program to: combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing…

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