You made it happen!
Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled to announce that thanks to generous contributions from dedicated supporters, we met a (challenging!) matching gift challenge. Thanks to you, we raised over $150,000 for MPAtlas and the Waitt Foundation will now match this dollar-for-dollar!
In just a little over a year, MPAtlas has become a core program for Marine Conservation Institute, supporting all our efforts to advance marine protected areas around the world. We have exciting plans to take MPAtlas to a new level of usability and accessibility. We look forward to sharing updates with you in the coming year. Again, thank you for helping us meet the challenge match and supporting this important program.
Together with Mission Blue, we have issued the 1st-ever quantitative, scientifically rigorous national ranking of states’ protection of their ocean waters. SeaStates: How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters? shows that most states and territories are failing to safeguard our nation’s marine life, seafood and coasts.
“Despite so many threats to their health, states are failing to protect our ocean waters,” said Dr. Lance Morgan, President of the Marine Conservation Institute. “No-take marine protected areas are the gold-standard for healthy oceans, but far too few states and territories are designating them.”