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A primary goal of the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) initiative is to promote Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that succeed in protecting marine biodiversity. An official name and boundaries on a map are a good start, but they are not enough to make an MPA successful. For true protection to happen, an MPA must also…

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We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Sand Cloud Towels! Sand Cloud is a team of 3 best friends that met in college and all share a love for the ocean and beach lifestyle. For them, the beach means freedom, friendship, and communing with nature. They found themselves in the corporate…

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Our oceans are home to a number of globally rare habitats that marine animals rely on. These areas are often characterized by the presence of endemic species and are usually teeming with life. Unfortunately, the qualities that make these places unique also make them incredibly vulnerable. Seamounts—undersea mountains—have been at the center of recent conservation…

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  The Republic of Palau is an up and coming destination for divers, tourists and adventurers. With turquoise waters and incredible dive sites, Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. This tropical destination has caught our attention as a marine conservation superstar – here’s why! 1. For many years, the Republic of…

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Well-regulated and well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) established in biologically significant places benefit marine wildlife [1]. One lingering question, however, has been about the value of MPAs for conserving highly-mobile species, like sharks, that move easily across their boundaries. Robust shark populations are necessary to keep marine ecosystems healthy, and many shark populations are threatened…

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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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Great leaps in ocean conservation occurred recently after announcements of new protections were made at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and Our Ocean conference. Marine protected areas (MPAs) of all scales were created, from the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to a staggering 582,578 square miles in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the creation of…

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