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Featured Pic:  The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Hercules explores the San Juan Seamount. Photo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   San Juan Seamount Seamounts are massive underwater mountains – usually extinct volcanoes – that tower thousands of feet above the seafloor. Some seamounts however, including the San Juan…

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Featured Pic: A breeding rhinoceros auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata), one of the many seabird species that relies on the productive waters above Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts to forage. Photo courtesy of Mick Thompson (CC BY-NC 2.0). By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts Gumdrop and Pioneer are neighboring seamounts located approximately 45…

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Featured Pic: Brown stony corals (Coenocyathus bowersi, foreground) and pink hydrocorals (Stylaster californicus, background) provide habitat for a large school of rockfish at Cortes Bank. Photo courtesy of NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute     Cortes and Tanner Banks Cortes and Tanner Banks are twin seamounts located approximately…

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Featured Pic: A diverse assemblage of benthic organisms on a sponge garden at Mendocino Ridge. Image courtesy of NOAA NWFSC. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute The Gorda and Mendocino Ridges are a complex series of oceanic ridges just off the coast of northern California, and are home to unique deep-sea ecosystems including hydrothermal…

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Featured Pic: Yellow Picasso sponge and white sponges on Davidson Seamount. Image courtesy of NOAA and MBARI. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Davidson Seamount is an underwater volcano located just 75 miles off the coast of California. Its summit rises an impressive 7500 feet above the surrounding seafloor, yet still remains…

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This week is the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile, and our team’s there connecting with colleagues and sharing some of our major initiatives to help protect the ocean, MPAtlas.org and the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). Our friends at OpenChannels are providing amazing live-blog coverage from the conference and here are…

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From ancient1 to modern times, visual arts have sent powerful messages to audiences on the well-being of the natural world. The oceans are a source of inspiration for many artists, providing subjects such as marine life, seascapes and marine ecosystems negatively impacted by human activity. Like the tiles of a mosaic2, every element of the oceans work…

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Today, Greenpeace, Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue (Sylvia Earle Alliance) launched an ad campaign in Seattle targeting the seafood industry and urging protection of Alaska’s Bering Sea canyons. The campaign, which includes billboards and posters throughout the city, as well as online ads, calls upon Costco, Target and Albertsons – a group representing major…

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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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