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OCEANS, OCEANS, OCEANS. Can anyone remember three weeks with as much progress in protecting the world’s oceans and marine biodiversity as the last three weeks?  I can’t. First, President Obama created the largest protected area on EARTH when he expanded the marine monument known as Papahānaumokuākea in the NW Hawaiian Islands to be three and…

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  Honolulu, Hawaii— Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the world’s oceans, applauds the nations and organizations at the IUCN World Conservation Congress for approving a motion (Motion #53) that urges world leaders to protect 30% of the planet’s oceans by 2030. A week after President Obama visited Midway Atoll and…

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Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the world’s oceans, released its annual SeaStates 2015 report today at the 2015 Esri User Conference. This year’s report on no-take marine reserves in the waters of US coastal states and territories uncovers an unfortunate truth: in the last year, there was no increase in…

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  Marine Protected Areas. Marine Reserves. Marine National Monuments. Marine Sanctuaries. Locally Managed Marine Areas. These terms are often thrown around in policy briefings, official documents and by the media. But what really constitutes a protected area in our oceans? How should we classify and define these vague terms? As countries strive to protect 10%…

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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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On January 22, Marine Conservation Institute Chief Scientist Dr. Elliott Norse was a guest speaker in the University of Washington’s Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, a symposium featuring internationally recognized experts.  Elliott talked about his long career in ocean conservation and then discussed the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), an initiative by Marine Conservation Institute…

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Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, will unveil a report today at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, that shows how well G20 (Group of Twenty) countries are protecting their ocean areas. Similar to the annual SeaStates US report that Marine Conservation Institute last…

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On August 13th Elliott Norse and I hosted the first Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) workshop at the University of Glasgow the day before the official start of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3). Establishing rigorous and transparent scientific criteria for ensuring the effectiveness of marine protected areas is a complex and academically challenging endeavor.…

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Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, is hosting an all-day workshop with 19 top marine scientists today to discuss criteria for the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). The workshop is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, a day before the 3rd annual International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3) takes place there. Dr. Elliott Norse,…

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Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today announced it has released a new online tool that helps people explore and track the progress of global marine protected area campaigns and initiatives. Called “MPA Campaign Tracker,” the tool is part of the comprehensive MPAtlas.org, a Marine Conservation Institute website property made possible by the…

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