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Earlier this month, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) was moved from Endangered to Critically Endangered status on the IUCN Red List.[1] Less than 250 mature whales remain after a decade of continual population decline, with particularly elevated deaths since 2017.  These extra…

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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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I have a confession: I’m a budget geek and always have been. Why? Because budgets reflect the values and priorities of a government or organization. They are the best way to learn what their leaders see as important and what their plans for the future are. Using the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 19) budget proposal–that’s…

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This year promises to be an interesting and exciting one for marine conservation, and we’re ready to meet its opportunities and challenges head-on for our oceans. We will continue advocating for strong protection of our oceans, strengthening our initiatives and working with you to safeguard marine biodiversity. Here’s a preview of our plans for this…

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Our Atlas of Marine Protection (MPAtlas.org) team has released its annual review of US marine protection levels for 2017. They update the SeaStates US report annually to ensure it is the most rigorous, quantitative, and topical accounting of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the waters of US coastal states and territories. First published in 2013, the…

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You’ve probably heard the saying that we know less about the deep ocean than we do about the surface of the moon. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we have explored less than 5% of the ocean to date, so the saying is pretty accurate. However, as technology improves and scientists are able…

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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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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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Washington, D.C. — Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, and respected marine scientists question an unreleased Department of Commerce marine monuments and sanctuaries report sent to the White House today. In April, President Trump issued executive order 13795 instructing Secretary of Commerce Ross to conduct reviews…

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