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20 Ocean Places for Your 2020 Bucket List

To get 2020 off to a bang we thought we would provide you with some suggestions of places that you should know more about. These are some of the very best protected areas in the ocean or areas deserving stronger protection. They all need your support. Not every place thrives with human access, and some…

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Its Giving Tuesday!

Did you know that every second breath you take comes from the ocean? Even on land, it’s our life support system. Today, only 4.8% of the ocean is protected, which means that human-caused problems like overfishing and pollution can have a big impact on whales, sea turtles, and other marine life around the world. That’s…

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What Are We Protecting? Exploring Seamounts in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Featured Pic: A giant basket star off the coast of Baker Island. Image courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Expedition Overview Marine Conservation Institute recently participated in the E/V Nautilus NA114 field expedition that explored numerous seamounts across the Central Pacific Ocean. The expedition focused on collecting baseline…

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Zombie Worms, Octopus Gardens and Hydrothermal Vents! Exploring the Unknown off the Coast of California: The 2019 Nautilus Field Season

Featured Picture: A baleen whale fall on Davidson Seamount off the coast of California. Image courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   The deep sea is the last great unexplored region of our planet. We only have detailed maps for approximately 5% of the ocean – most of the…

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Six Blue Parks Join the Growing Network of Global Ocean Refuges

[October 24, 2019. Oslo, Norway]  Today at Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, Norway, Marine Conservation Institute and its international science council awarded six outstanding marine protected areas (MPAs) Blue Park designation. A total of 16 MPAs now hold the prestigious Blue Park Award indicating that they meet the highest science-based standards for marine life protection…

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Life in the Unknown Deep: Corals on Pacific Seamounts

Featured Pic: A vibrant and diverse coral garden discovered on top of a small knoll within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Photo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Marine Conservation Institute recently participated in a deep-sea expedition tasked with exploring seamount habitats in and around the…

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Setting Sail: Exploring Seamount Habitats in the Pacific Remote Islands

Featured Pic: The Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. Photo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute On August 25th, Marine Conservation Institute staff scientist Samuel Georgian will join a 22 day-long deep-sea research expedition onboard the E/V Nautilus. The cruise is collaborative effort with scientists and support from a wide array…

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Thinking Beyond the Reefs: the role of culture in marine protected areas

Featured Pic: Seabirds perched atop stone temples on Mokumanamana Island. Photo Source: Kekuewa Kikiloi By Christina Hoenow, Marine Conservation Institute Science Intern The terms conservation and marine protected areas (MPAs) often conjure images of pristine reefs and marine environments with no sign of humans to be found. However, ignoring the connection between humans and the…

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Wayfarers of the Eastern Tropical Pacific

Featured Pic: Hammerhead Sharks. Photo Courtesy of Cesar Peñaherrera, MigraMar By Armand McFarland, Marine Conservation Institute Science Intern   Migrating animals can connect marine ecosystems thousands of kilometers apart. Many shark species are highly migratory, their migration routes serving as conduits that connect systems and create a network of shared nutrients. The network formed by shark…

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