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New Blue Park & Blue Sparks Join the Growing Network of Highest Quality Marine Protected Areas

Featured Picture: 2020 Blue Park Award winner, Abrolhos Marine National Park in Brazil. Photo: Eco360 [Seattle, WA]  Marine Conservation Institute and its international panel of marine science advisors today announced Abrolhos National Marine Park has been designated as the newest Blue Park for achieving the highest science-based standards for marine life protection and management. Abrolhos joins a growing network of 16 Blue Parks around the…

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Call of the Deep: Exploring the Wonderful, Wacky Deep Sea

Featured Picture: Staff scientist Samuel Georgian takes a turn piloting the ROV Beagle (Marine Applied Research and Exploration) during an expedition off the coast of California. The Last Frontier “There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath…”             -Herman Melville…

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If not now, when? Conserving Seamounts on a Global Scale

Seamounts are massive underwater volcanoes that occur across the planet. They attract and support large numbers of animals including fish, sharks, sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals at the surface and shelter an incredible array of deep-sea life, including cold-water corals and sponges that build crucial structures, or ‘homes’, for large amounts of marine life on the bottom. These habitats are the ‘old-growth forests’ of the ocean – they are long-lived, slow growing, and extremely slow to recover following disturbance from activities like bottom trawling or seabed mining. Of the 10,000 plus seamounts known to exist, only around 10% are protected from some type of destruction. Marine Conservation Institute has a campaign to protect the 60 seamounts off the coast of California and is working with partners to protect many more around the world.

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Calling on Marine Scientists to Support Protecting at least 30% of the Ocean by 2030 (30×30)

By Lance Morgan, President at Marine Conservation Institute   There is growing scientific evidence and support for protecting at least 30% of the planet. The 2019 report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) highlights the dire future of biodiversity on our planet if we do not act decisively now.  Seagrass beds,…

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Mystery in The Deep: How Models Can Help Us Understand the Full Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Featured Picture: A host of squat lobsters and brittle stars adorn a large pair of Paramuricea corals at a depth of 3,200 feet in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Ocean Exploration Trust and ECOGIG. By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute   Given the depth of the spill, it should not be surprising…

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Malpelo: A Blue Park Exploding with Life

Featured Picture: Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of Ramón Pulido. By Sebastian Nicholls, Blue Parks Ambassador.   Surrounded by mangroves that grow on low-lying islands and the mainland coast, the Port of Buenaventura bustles with activity—it’s a gateway to that largest of oceans, the Pacific, and the diverse wildlife that calls the Colombian Pacific…

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Giving Thanks

Thank you for supporting our ocean protection work! This year has been filled with exciting marine conservation updates and progress to be grateful for. Though threats like overfishing and marine debris persist, the world is more engaged than ever with finding solutions. Thanks to you, each of our projects continues growing with this sea change…

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High Seas History in the Making

Feature Pic: Elias Levy World leaders may soon make history for ocean wildlife. After more than a decade of halting progress, a UN Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) is convening for the next 10 days to negotiate a treaty to protect biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), also known as the high seas. An agreement would…

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Why Marine Conservation Institute Matters

By Cantlen Forni, Marine Conservation Institute Development Intern Young people are the future and we control how we want to manage and protect our oceans. Being a millennial, I have personally seen the effects of pollution and human carelessness on our ocean. I chose to assist Marine Conservation Institute this summer because they take action to…

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