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This was a progressive year for ocean conservation. While we still have much work to do, the staff of Marine Conservation Institute would like to reflect on five inspiring marine protection success stories of 2014. The success stories range from strong marine protected areas that have been formally secured to those that have been announced…

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In conservation, it is often said that those countries with larger financial resources should be better stewards of the environment than those whose money is spread more thinly. To investigate how well countries are protecting our oceans, we created SeaStates G20 2014. We wanted to know how the countries with the world’s twenty largest economies…

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As part of its “Our Marvelous Oceans” partnership with Marine Conservation Institute, Holland America Line has created a new program that highlights and educates guests and crew about marine protected areas around the world. Developed with the team at Marine Conservation Institute, the program will educate guests and crew through on-board presentations by shipboard personnel.…

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Extending to the horizon, the sea appears limitless, and throughout human history, we have often acted as if it is – catching fish in increasingly vast numbers and pouring in pollution that seems to disappear.  No wonder ocean conservation efforts have lagged behind those of land efforts. Tragically, the ocean is now in distress from…

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Last week, we testified at the final public meeting for the Presidential Taskforce on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud.  The issue in question – “pirate fishing” – has been highlighted recently in international news, understandable given that it accounts for $10-$23 billion dollars in traded seafood each year.  In the…

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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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