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Happy Fourth of July! It’s amazing to think that when Katherine Lee Bates first wrote “America the Beautiful” in 1893, with its gorgeous celebration of our country from sea to shining sea, few of America’s ocean wonders were known and none were protected. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way.     Since the 1990s, all but…

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The global community is pushing forward on promises to achieve internationally agreed upon levels of environmental protection, and marine scientists are working diligently to evaluate the efficacy of these actions. Definitions are being refined, levels of protection are being researched, and “on the water” implementation is being evaluated. Marine Conservation Institute is leading this work…

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Washington, D.C. — Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, condemns President Trump’s decision to rescind protections for two U.S. national monuments that was announced yesterday in Salt Lake City, Utah. The President reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand…

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Since taking office, President Trump has launched a frightening assault on U.S. ocean conservation and governance. Previous administrations have pursued marine conservation as a bipartisan issue, with both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama designating large protected areas in important biodiversity hotspots. Now, the Trump administration is threatening the future of our National…

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President Trump has released two Executive Orders that are a direct attack on America’s most spectacular places on the land and in the sea, currently protected as National Monuments and National Marine Sanctuaries. These public lands and waters define who we are as a nation. The President’s attempt to revoke or shrink our monuments and…

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Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity and important ocean places, applauds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for expanding the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.  As announced in the Federal Register today, this action will more than double the combined size of the existing sanctuaries from approximately…

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Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2014, hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, once again brought together marine professionals, government officials and ocean advocates to discuss the most current and pressing marine issues. Affectionately called CHOW, this conference provides an opportunity to network with other conservationists and share ideas of how to support and advance ocean…

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Last week I had the privilege of testifying before members of the US House of Representatives subcommittee that directs funds to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  What an honor and a challenge. The NOAA ocean conservation programs that we care about are suffering.  As the federal budget continues to get squeezed, it is…

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Source: Maragos, FWS Marine Conservation Institute’s President, Lance Morgan, has posted the 2012 President’s Report summarizing some of the important work and major accomplishments of this year.The mission of Marine Conservation Institute is to use the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world, and then advocate for their protection, for us and…

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Marine Conservation Institute’s Vice President, Bill Chandler, testified before the US House of Representatives advocating for protection of vital federal marine conservation programs in fiscal year 2013. Bill testified on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Read his testimony here. While there are many…

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