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Thinking Beyond the Reefs: the role of culture in marine protected areas

Featured Pic: Seabirds perched atop stone temples on Mokumanamana Island. Photo Source: Kekuewa Kikiloi By Christina Hoenow, Marine Conservation Institute Science Intern The terms conservation and marine protected areas (MPAs) often conjure images of pristine reefs and marine environments with no sign of humans to be found. However, ignoring the connection between humans and the…

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Marine Conservation Institute Critical of Secretary of Interior Zinke’s Review of Marine National Monuments

Seattle, WA — Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke today submitted undisclosed recommendations to the White House on the fate of two dozen land and marine monuments culminating a process begun in April when President Trump issued Executive Order 13792. The unprecedented review questioned the validity and need for 21 land monuments and 5 marine monuments created…

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Marine Conservation Institute Releases Letter from Over 500 Scientists Strongly Supporting Marine Monuments Now Under Government Review

Washington, D.C. — Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, today released a letter signed by 535 marine, climate and other scientists who fully support the creation of marine reserves because of the “important role that strongly-protected marine reserves play in conserving marine life and benefiting fish populations.” …

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A Decade of Creating Large Marine Protected Areas

Across the United States, over 10% of our land has been set aside to protect landscapes and conserve biodiversity. From national parks and monuments, to refuges and wilderness areas, we’ve created an intricate system that provides recreational opportunities, safeguards watersheds, builds climate resiliency and protects critical habitat for endangered and vulnerable species like the desert…

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The Power of Papahānaumokuākea

Nestled in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a nearly 140,000 square mile marine protected area. Within Papahānaumokuākea marine life flourishes and new species are frequently found. An abundance of information can be learned by studying the environment of this remote, protected site, which is an outstanding example of a marine protected…

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Update on the Antiquities Act

  We want to thank the Marine Conservation Institute supporters who signed our petition opposing the effort to limit the president’s authority to designate future national and marine monuments under the Antiquities Act.  On Wednesday, July 8 the House voted on a more narrowly focused, destructive amendment— that passed by a vote of 222 to…

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Helping to Save the Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the three most endangered seals on earth and is the only marine mammal found entirely within US waters. With a declining population of only 900 to 1,100 individuals, robust and well-funded recovery efforts are vital to the seals’ continued existence. Marine Conservation Institute started our work to protect…

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NOAA Must Redouble Effort to Save the Declining Hawaiian Monk Seal, Says Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, released a comprehensive report today calling on  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to redouble its efforts to conserve the little-known Hawaiian monk seal, the last surviving member of its biological genus. With an estimated population of 900 to 1,100 animals, the Hawaiian monk seal…

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The Big Blue Blog: The Plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal

The warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands are home to one of the planet’s most spectacular displays of marine life. From spinner dolphins to manta rays, humpback whales to green sea turtles, the islands are important habitat for rare and threatened species that have called this part of the world “home” for millions of years.…

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