Marine Conservation Institute is approved to receive grants through the 1% for the Planet program.
Readers across the nation, and around the world, are being introduced to the plight of the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal, through a lengthy article in the New York Times Magazine entitled “Who would kill a monk seal?”
Author Jon Mooallem delved deeply into the crisis of the monk seal, the only marine mammal found solely in the United States. With fewer than 1,100 animals remaining, the seal is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world.
Marine Conservation Institute has been fighting for the seal’s survival since 2006. Most recently, Marine Conservation Institute has begun working directly with fishermen on Kaua`i to understand their perspectives and concerns, to provide accurate information about the seal’s needs and behavior, and to find practical ways for humans and seals to coexist. Find out more about our program here.
Report Highlights Tools and Tactics to Improve Enforcement Efforts
In response to illegal incursions and fishing in America’s Pacific marine monuments, Marine Conservation Institute today released a study that recommends ways to help law enforcement agencies combat threats to one of America’s last relatively unspoiled frontiers containing the most diverse and pristine coral reefs in the US.
To reduce the risk of illegal fishing, vessel groundings, spills, and the introduction of invasive species in our monuments, the report recommends implementing prohibitions on commercial fishing, enhancing surveillance and enforcement, and improving outreach to commercial and recreational vessel owners.