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Sharks on Seamounts

By Nikki Harasta, Marine Conservation Institute Science Intern   Sharks are incredibly important components of many different marine ecosystems. Unfortunately, sharks often enter our consciousness only when a shark attack on a beachgoer makes the news. Take a closer look at the numbers however, and you’ll see that they’ve been given a bad rap. The…

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Seven of the Biggest Problems Facing Fish in Our Oceans

Robert Woods has been a fish keeping enthusiast ever since his parents bought him is first tank at age 4. Since then, he has gone on to keep hundreds of different species and now educates aquarists through his online publication Fishkeeping World.   Evidence points to the fact that we are currently facing the Earth’s sixth…

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GLORES Partner Spotlight: SkyTruth

We are thrilled to shine this week’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on SkyTruth! SkyTruth uses the view from space to motivate people to protect the environment. They utilize technology to identify and monitor threats to the planet’s natural resources such as offshore drilling and oil spills, urban sprawl, fracking, mountaintop removal mining,…

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MARCH FOR THE OCEAN

Why should you March For The Ocean on June 9? How will that help ocean ecosystems threatened by overfishing, climate change, plastic pollution and other issues? How can marches with even a hundred thousand people in over a dozen cities support healthier oceans? I often ask myself this question when an organization suggests a public…

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Planet at a Crossroads

In just a few days’ time, team members at Marine Conservation Institute will be traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii to attend the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress from September 1-10th. The theme of the Congress is “Our planet at a crossroads”, and we couldn’t agree more. “The ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being and survival are collapsing.…

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Delegation from the Chinese State Oceanic Administration Visits Marine Conservation Institute Office to Discuss Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas

On January 19th a delegation of Chinese government officials from the State Oceanic Administration visited the Washington, DC office of Marine Conservation Institute to discuss marine protected area policy, fishery management and pirate fishing. Mike Gravitz, director of the Washington, DC office hosted the visitors and Beth Pike, conservation scientist, gave them a remote demonstration…

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Journey to Extinction

When a species goes extinct, it does so quietly. However, that loss rings loudly throughout the ecosystems and food webs, permanently altering the way other creatures live, including humans. In a world where many people are extraordinarily removed from the plight of the other species that co-exist with us, it’s hard to put into the…

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Marine Conservation Institute Applauds Final Passage of the Pirate Fishing Bill (HR. 774);

Washington, DC—October 22, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, applauds Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Brian Schatz –who introduced the pirate fishing bill in May 2015—and other cosponsors for making passage of the pirate fishing bill (HR 774) a bipartisan priority that passed the Senate last night. The legislation greatly strengthens…

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Sold at Sea

“To deny any person their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of hunger and deprivation is to dehumanize them.” – Nelson Mandela   According to the World Food and Agriculture Organization, about 85% of fish populations around the world are fully exploited or overfished and need…

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