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Featured Picture: 2019 Blue Park Awardees. By Christina Hoenow, Blue Parks Intern   If you have followed our work here at Marine Conservation Institute, you will know that we are incredibly proud of our Blue Parks. You may have wondered how exactly these Blue Parks become Blue Parks.   What are the Blue Park Awards? The…

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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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As we approach 2020, we see little change in marine protected areas (MPAs) in United States waters. At the end of 2019, 23.1% of U.S. waters are in strongly protected areas. 1.3% of state waters are strongly protected, compared to 23.9% of federal waters. These numbers are unchanged since the administration change in 2017.  Despite lack of progress, based on numbers alone, the U.S. has achieved and exceeded protecting 10% of…

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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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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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[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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Featured Pic: Solomon Islands, The Pacific. Photo courtesy of Tracey Jennings/ Coral Reef Image Bank  By Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute “Yeah, as long as the Arctic stays cold,” – so ends the 1958 horror film The Blob (https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x796ljc). Steve McQueen’s character is expressing his dissatisfaction that the now frozen Blob is once and…

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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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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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