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12th Anniversary of Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll and Marianas Marine National Monuments

For Immediate Release January 6, 2021 Contact: Lance Morgan, Lance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org, 707-217-8242 (cell) Mike Gravitz, Michael.Gravitz@marine-conservation.org, 301-351-5052 (cell) Sarah Hameed, Sarah.Hameed@marine-conservation.org 707-570-7843 (cell) [Glen Ellen, CA] Today, three very large marine protected areas (MPAs) in US waters –the Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll, and Marianas Trench Marine National Monuments- turn 12 years old.  All three were…

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Rose Atoll Abides

Ten years ago this month in January 2009, President George W. Bush designated a small island and coral reef system in American Samoa a marine national monument, called Rose Atoll. It is named so after its rosy pink corals. The monument protects 10,000 square miles of ocean from any commercial fishing or other extraction. Since…

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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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President Trump to Decide Fate of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries After Secretive Review

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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We Thank You, Mr. President. And So Does the Ocean.

Extending to the horizon, the sea appears limitless, and throughout human history, we have often acted as if it is – catching fish in increasingly vast numbers and pouring in pollution that seems to disappear.  No wonder ocean conservation efforts have lagged behind those of land efforts. Tragically, the ocean is now in distress from…

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Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates 2014; Report Card on How Well Individual U.S. States Protect Their Coastal Waters

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, today released a report that will be of interest to U.S. policy-makers and beach-goers this summer.  Called SeaStates 2014: How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters?, this second annual report reveals that most states and territories are failing to safeguard our nation’s marine life, seafood…

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The 29th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force

Source: NOAA        On Thursday, February 21, 2013 Mike Gravitz, Rachel Keylon, and I attended the 29th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting at the Department of Interior.  This was an opportunity for concerned citizens and conservation groups to offer public comment on the federal government’s efforts to preserve coral reefs and their associated marine…

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Saving Our Oceans – One Protected Area at a Time

The ocean covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface; yet scarcely 1% of that area is  fully protected from harmful human activities such as oil drilling or fishing. Governments, as well as many marine conservation organizations throughout the world, including Marine Conservation Institute, are working to increase that percentage in the coming years through the…

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