Skip to content

A Snapshot in Time: The Shifting Seas of MPA Coverage 

Article By Beth Pike | May 10, 2024 In our study published in May 2024 in Conservation Letters, our analysis, “Ocean protection quality is lagging behind quantity: Applying a scientific framework to assess real marine protected area progress against the 30 by 30 target” reports the results of applying scientific criteria to globally reported marine…

Read More

First Time That 50 Largest US Marine Protected Areas Assessed for Effectiveness Using Rigorous Scientific Criteria; Almost 100% of US MPA ‘Eggs’ Are in One Basket in the Central Pacific

Effective Marine Conservation in US Is Not Representative; Most Regions Have Close to Zero Area Effectively Protected [Seattle, Washington, USA, May 18, 2022] One way humanity can harness the ocean to fight climate change and reverse the ongoing crisis in biodiversity and loss of species –though not the only way- is to establish effective marine…

Read More

Science Releases a Groundbreaking Framework to Guide Better Decisions about Ocean Protection

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 2:00 pm Eastern (US)   Contact: Lance Morgan, Lance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org, 707-217-8242 (cell) Beth Pike, Beth.Pike@marine-conservation.org, 206-686-6337   Science Releases a Groundbreaking Framework to Guide Better Decisions about Ocean Protection [Glen Ellen, CA]. A peer-reviewed study, The MPA Guide: A Framework to Achieve Global Goals for the Ocean, published in Science today provides…

Read More

International Climate Organization’s Stark Warnings Require Urgent Action

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report builds on 30 years of warnings from climate and marine scientists who conclude that the ocean is beginning to crumble under an onslaught of needless stressors from overfishing to pollution, compounded by climate breakdown. The atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere (the ice-covered areas of the planet) and biosphere…

Read More

A (Marine) Conservation Carol: A Visit from the Ghost of Conservation Past

https://marine-conservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/MPAtlas-Past-Blog-.mp3 A Decade (2011 – 2020) of Marine Conservation in Review Declared the UN Decade of Biodiversity, the past ten years brought about a lot of change in the field of marine conservation. At the beginning of the decade, the conservation of our oceans lagged behind the efforts to protect land with only about 2%…

Read More

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: A Snapshot of Marine Conservation in 2020

The turn of the decade has come and gone with many unexpected losses and challenges. Heightened racial tensions, some of the worst wildfires in decades, and COVID-19 didn’t quite make the year for which we were all hoping. In the midst of this, 2020 has also seen consequential outcomes for ocean protection. To recognize a few of the main players in marine conservation this year, we bring you our list of MPA superlatives: a two-part exploration of the ocean’s biggest losses and wins of 2020! Part 2.

Read More

Dive In: A Virtual Congress to discuss Global Marine Conservation Issues

The sixth annual International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) is underway, and Marine Conservation Institute has a seat at the table—virtually, that is. Will you join us? The IMCC brings together conservationists from around the globe to develop new tools to bridge marine science and policy. Every year, over 200 marine conservation professionals and students attend…

Read More