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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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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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Eric Schwaab of NOAA Fisheries giving a presentation Marine Conservation Institute’s Mike Gravitz, Rachel Keylon, and Kate Yentes spent much of this week participating in the Blue Vision Summit 4 put on by the Blue Frontier Campaign. The purpose of this summit is to bring together diverse groups and individuals from the marine conservation community…

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On July 19, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13547, “Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes,” known as the National Ocean Policy. The executive order establishes a national policy to protect, maintain and restore the ecological health of our ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, and to promote sustainable uses of these…

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We know how frustrating it can be watching Congress fail to get anything done. But some things are moving! Stuff is happening on Capitol Hill! Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, held a hearing regarding operations and efficiencies for the US Coast Guard (USCG). While this may not seem applicable to…

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