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Twelve Passionate Leaders

What do you get when you have a group of passionate leaders in one room with an epic view of the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline? A renewed and inspired focus towards urgently needed conservation efforts to recover our oceans.

Last weekend Marine Conservation Institute’s Board of Directors met at the Bullitt Center (one of the “greenest” buildings on the planet) to discuss the present and future conservation work of the organization. The meeting was a dynamic, two-day session focused largely on Marine Conservation Institute’s Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced “glories”) initiative. The board provided invaluable leadership advice on steering the science-based and systematic strategy to catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030.

As Marine Conservation Institute staff work on the first phase of GLORES, strategic direction from our Board of Directors helps us map future steps for GLORES. In the coming months we will intensify our efforts to establish collaborative partnerships with organizations that share the Global Ocean Refuge System vision. We will also continue to work on further defining the GLORES timeline.

Marine Conservation Institute’s Board of Directors includes the following leaders, in alphabetical order: John Davis, president of Marine Affairs Research and Education (MARE); Gene Duvernoy, President of Forterra; Dr. Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and founder of Mission Blue; James Greenwood (emeritus), President and CEO of Biotech Industry Organization; David Johns (Chairman), Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Portland State University; Amy Mathews-Amos, environmental writer; Dr. Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Marine Conservation Institute; Dr. Elliott Norse, Founder of Marine Conservation Institute;  Steve Olson, vice president of Federal Relations for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums; Gail Osherenko, project scientist in law and policy at the Marine Science Institute of the University of California Santa Barbara; Nathalie Udo, founder of InDepth Strategies; and Dr. Les Watling professor of Biological Oceanography at the University of Maine School of Marine Science based at the Darling Marine Center.

Featured Image: A sub-group of Marine Conservation Institute’s Board of Directors celebrates a successful weekend of meetings. From left to right: Gail Osherenko, Lance Morgan, John Davis, Elliott Norse, Nathalie Udo and David Johns.