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Fighting for America’s Ocean Wonders

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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Save the Marine and Land Monuments: “All for one and one for all”

Remember the rallying cry of the Three Musketeers? When they start their gallant swordfights, they yell, “All for one and one for all!” That’s how we’re resisting the Trump Administration and its attempt to tear our national monuments apart. We’re helping other groups defend our land monuments, and they are helping us defend the marine…

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Scary Threats to Our Marine Protected Areas

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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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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Port State Measures Agreement

June is a month of important turning points: the solstice on June 21st when summer officially begins; World Oceans Day on June 8th, which heralds a changing relationship between humans and the ocean that supports all of us, and June 4-5th when the course of WWII in the Pacific changed in a climactic battle between…

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National Oceans Month, June 2015!

President Barack Obama has proclaimed June 2015 as National Oceans Month! In his statement the President calls upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve and restore our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.  As an organization dedicated to securing strong, permanent protection for our oceans’ most important places, Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled with the…

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President Barack Obama Makes Ocean Conservation History by Creating the Largest Protected Area on Earth

President Obama will sign a proclamation tomorrow to designate the largest marine reserve in the world.  His proclamation expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 83,000 square miles to 490,000 square miles.  To protect the whales, seabirds, sea turtles, fishes and corals in this region of the central and western Pacific Ocean, commercial fishing and…

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How Much Longline Fishing Is Really Happening in the Pacific Remote Islands Area?

Since President Obama announced his intent to consider expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, a great deal of conversation has focused on current fishing practices in the potentially affected areas.  In particular, there has been concern expressed that a monument expansion would severely impact the Hawai’i-based longline fleet.  However, since 1994, the fishing…

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Calling All Marine Scientists – Support Marine Reserves!

Join leading marine, natural and social scientists asking President Obama to “dramatically accelerate protections for U.S. waters” in no-take marine reserves.  We are seeking scientists from around the world to show their support for this. Why now?  As you may be aware, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his State Department are hosting the…

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