Marine Conservation Institute in the News

20 New Species of Coral Listed As Threatened
ABC News (August 27, 2014)

Elliott Norse, founder and chief scientist of Marine Conservation Institute, is quoted at the end of this article about the damage being done to corals. This AP article also appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, New Zealand Herald and about 20 other media outlets.

Scraping the Seafloor for Fish Harms Biodiversity
Scientific American (August 19, 2014)

Elliott Norse, founder and chief scientist of Marine Conservation Institute, is quoted at the end of this article about how trawling harms biodiversity. 

Global Ocean Commission Calls for Sweeping International Reforms
National Geographic (June 24, 2014)

The report released Tuesday by the Global Ocean Commission recommends that the United Nations and national governments restrict fishing in international waters, eliminate fishing subsidies, step up the fight against illegal fishing, reduce pollution, and establish greater international cooperation on marine issues.

Redmond man behind the scenes in push for ocean protections
The Seattle Times (June 21, 2014)

Elliott Norse, founder and chief scientist of Marine Conservation Institute, is featured for his role in convincing several US presidential administrations, including the Obama administration, to increase protections for marine areas.

Elliott Norse's Efforts to Enhance Ocean Protection
The Austrian Tribune (June 22, 2014)

Elliott Norse, Redmond-based marine biologist, has helped more than 350 top ocean scientists to step forward and request President Obama to develop methods to conserve oceans from overfishing.

Obama To Create World's Largest Ocean Preserve
The Huffington Post (June 17, 2014)

Vowing to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama acted Tuesday to create the world's largest ocean preserve by expanding a national monument his predecessor established in waters thousands of miles from the American mainland.

Obama Setting Aside Massive Pacific Ocean Preserve
Boston Herald (June 17, 2014)

Vowing to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama acted Tuesday to create the world's largest ocean preserve by expanding a national monument his predecessor established in waters thousands of miles from the American mainland.

Obama Setting Aside Massive Pacific Ocean Preserve
The Seattle Times (June 17, 2014)

Vowing to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama acted Tuesday to create the world's largest ocean preserve by expanding a national monument his predecessor established in waters thousands of miles from the American mainland.

Obama proposes vast expansion of Pacific Ocean sanctuaries for marine life
The Washington Post (June 17, 2014)

President Obama announced Tuesday his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities.

Obama Announces Marine Sanctuary in Pacific Ocean
The New York Times (June 17, 2014)

In an effort to protect diverse habitats of coral reefs, whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and numerous fish species from commercial fishing and other activities, President Obama announced on Tuesday that he intends to use his executive authority to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in the south-central Pacific Ocean.

Obama Moves to Protect Vast Pacific Ocean Areas
Scientific American (June 17, 2014)

The White House on Tuesday unveiled efforts to expand protection of vast areas of the Pacific Ocean controlled by the United States from over fishing and environmental damage.

Obama seeks crackdown on illegal fishing
USA TODAY (June 17, 2014)

In addition to his effort to expand a marine wildlife preserve in the Pacific Ocean, President Obama directed aides Tuesday to find new ways to stop illegal fishing.

Obama to create largest marine protected area ever, because bigger is better
Grist (June 17, 2014)

Marine protected areas are widely acknowledged as one of the most effective tools to fight back against overfishing, habitat destruction, and ecological loss. By roping off some of the most productive waters, we give fish a fighting chance. In this case, the proposed boundaries encompass a number of "underwater mountains," habitats which are important as fish nurseries and centers of marine biodiversity.​

Obama Setting Aside Massive Pacific Ocean Preserve
ABC News (June 17, 2014)
Vowing to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama moved Tuesday to create the world's largest ocean preserve by expanding a national monument his predecessor established in waters thousands of miles from the American mainland.

Why is Obama protecting a place you've never heard of? We explain.
The Washington Post (June 17, 2014)

You might be wondering why President Obama is announcing Tuesday he will use his executive authority to expand the Remote Pacific Islands National Marine Monument, a vast stretch of the central Pacific Ocean. Here are a few reasons.

US President Barack Obama vows to protect central Pacific waters
ABC Radio Australia (June 17, 2014)
US president Barack Obama has vowed to use his executive powers to protect US waters in the central Pacific Ocean and draw up a national strategy to combat illegal fishing.

Obama to expand marine reserves and crack down on seafood black market
The Guardian (June 17, 2014)

More than 350 scientists this week signed on to a letter to the White House urging Obama to expand marine sanctuaries to up to 20% of each ocean region under US control.

Value of the High Seas for Life on Earth Highlighted in New Report
National Geographic (June 6, 2014)

The problem is, "right now, we have a total inability to deal comprehensively with any activities in [the high seas]," says Lance Morgan, a marine ecologist in Glen Ellen, California, and president of the Marine Conservation Institute. "Everything is managed one activity, one sector at a time." 

A Blueprint for Protecting the World's Oceans
The Atlantic (April 24, 2014)

Now, thanks to the rise of marine protected areas (MPAs), the global ocean is becoming increasingly partitioned. The term is a catchall for sites like ocean sanctuaries, marine parks, and no-fishing zones—scattered havens where marine life is supposed to thrive, free of human interference (or, at least, subject to limited human interference).

US-NZ workshop to tackle ocean acidification
Scoop.co.nz (December 3, 2013)

Around 60 shellfish aquaculture experts will converge on Nelson this week to attend a joint New Zealand-United States workshop to consider the best ways to future-proof New Zealand’s shellfish aquaculture industry from ocean acidification.

Viewpoints: Are humans capable of protecting the oceans?
BBC News (October 3, 2013)

"To have any reasonable chance to avert mass extinction in the oceans we must establish a worldwide network of protected areas," says Lance Morgan, president of the Marine Conservation Institute.

West Is Best: Study Ranks U.S. States for Marine Conservation Progress
Science (May 29, 2013)

Conservation biologists have an ambitious target for protecting marine biodiversity: 20% of the oceans set aside as no-take reserves, where fishing and other activities are banned. As with many other conservation targets, however the world's governments have fallen short on this goal. Little more than 1% has complete protection.

2013 Sea State Report Shows Major Protections Are Needed To Keep Ocean Ecosystems Healthy
Huffington Post (June 1, 2013)

For the first time ever, a comprehensive report was released this week outlining how well states protect coastal waters. "There is much room for improvement," the Marine Conservation Institute researchers wrote. The 2013 Sea States Report shows that the United States has done a lackluster job of protecting coasts through no-take protection laws, the strictest way to create a marine protected area (MPA). No-take protections mean that oil and gas drilling are prohibited, as well as fishing and other types of ecological disturbances.

New study: 22 out of 23 U.S. states aren’t doing enough to protect marine resources
Southern Fried Science (May 29, 2013)

Earlier today, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue released SeaStates, the first ever national ranking of how well different U.S. states and territories protect their ocean resources. The full report is available online and is an important read, but can be summarized in 5 words: “Most states aren’t doing enough”.

Survey slams Oregon's commitment to ocean protections
Sustainable Business Oregon (May 29, 2013)

A ranking of the way ocean-based states seek to protect their coastal waters suggests Oregon can make a few environmental tweaks. A report released Wednesday by Environment Oregon, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue...

No-fishing zones proposed in New Jersey
NorthJersey.com (May 29, 2013)

New Jersey, like many other coastal states, has never considered adopting what several marine conservation groups call the most effective tool to aid coastal ocean habitat – “no-take” protected areas that prohibit fishing and other activity, such as exploratory drilling, in the designated zones.

First-Ever National Ranking Shows Most Coastal States Failing to Protect Oceans
Environmental News Network (May 29, 2013)

Today two leading marine science and conservation organizations, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue, 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.

First-Ever National Ranking Shows Most Coastal States Failing to Protect Oceans
Open Channels (May 29, 2013)

Today two leading marine science and conservation organizations, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue, 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.

No-take Reserves a No-No for States
National Geographic Ocean Views (May 31, 2013)

Of the many kinds of marine protected areas (MPAs), no-take reserves are the ones that provide the strongest protection to marine life. No-take reserves safeguard life within them—seaweeds, dolphins, sea turtles, fishes, corals—from fishing, which has long been the most important human impact on the sea. No-take reserves also protect against other extractive uses, such as oil & gas drilling.

First ever national league table says most US states fail to protect oceans
All Voices (June 2, 2013)

Last week, two marine science conservation organizations at the forefront of ocean protection published the first in-depth quantitative analysis of how coastal US states rank in protecting coastal waters. The Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue jointly released a report titled, “SeaStates: How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters?” The report makes disturbing reading demonstrating that most states have shortcomings in safeguarding the national treasure of US marine life, seafood and the nation’s coasts.

Failing the ocean? Report says South Carolina not doing enough
The Post and Courier (June 3, 2013)

South Carolina is one of 15 states that have failed to protect the near-shore ocean because they haven’t established marine protected areas that don’t allow fishing. That’s the conclusion of a recent report by the Marine Conservation Institute. There’s just one little problem with it: sand.

CNMI ranks 7th in protecting coastal resources
Saipan Tribune (June 2, 2013)

The CNMI ranks seventh among 28 coastal states and territories for safeguarding marine ecosystems through the use of no-take reserves, according to a recent Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue report. Hawaii tops the list with 23 percent of its water set aside as no-take zones, where fish and other elements of the marine ecosystem can flourish.

Oregon 6th In Ocean Protection Among US States
NPR (KLCC - 89.7FM)

To be high on the ocean protection list, states have to designate a lot of their coastal waters as “no-take areas”. Sarah Higginbotham is with Environment Oregon, a group that advocates for marine reserves. “In the grand scheme of things, Oregon’s been a leader in ocean protection. But when you look at it in comparison to California and Hawaii, we’re not even close to what they’re doing as far as protecting their coastal waters.”

World Oceans Day 2013: Time To Celebrate, Conserve The Blue Part Of The Planet
Huffington Post (June 7, 2013)

June 8 marks the 21st annual World Oceans Day, a time to commemorate the blue part of the planet while galvanizing support for increasingly threatened aquatic ecosystems. The day was first proposed by the Canadian government in 1992 and has since gained global recognition, including a designation by the United Nations in 2008. Unfortunately, many of the issues plaguing oceans worldwide have only gotten worse since last year's event. A recent report by the Marine Conservation Institute criticized the United States' lackluster protection of coastal ecosystems...

Texas last nationally in number of no-fishing zones; many say that's a good thing
caller.com (June 9, 2013)

Texas ranks last in its effort to protect its marine environments, according to a report by Mission Blue and other environmental groups. State and local conservation and fisheries organizations criticize the report.

On World Oceans Day UN Reminds World to Protect Marine Environments
Day News (June 10, 2013)

World Oceans Day was celebrated last June 8, 2013. A United Nations resolution declared every 8th of June from 2009 onward as World Oceans Day following a proposal forwarded by Canada in 1992. Since then, countries around the world have been one with the UN in celebrating this day. World Oceans Day is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and governments to raise awareness on the many challenges that we face today as a global community including the many threats on aquatic ecosystem the world over. This year, the United Nations calls for renewed efforts to protect the planet’s marine environments. The 2013 theme is Oceans and People.

Texas comes in last in first-ever ranking of states on ocean protection
The Vindicator (June 10, 2013)

Texas ties for last place in working to protect state ocean waters, according to a report released today by Environment Texas, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue. The SeaStates report is the first national ranking of coastal states’ efforts to protect their ocean waters with ‘no-take’ Marine Protected Areas, the best tool to help oceans thrive.

Study Shows: Coastal States Failing to Protect Their Waters
Oceana Blog (June 10, 2013)

Saturday was World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate the many ways the oceans benefit our lives. These benefits are most obvious to residents of our coastal states, who can regularly enjoy beach outings, fresh seafood, marine life sightings, and an economy that is greatly boosted by tourism. In fact, of the lower 48 states, 35% of the Gross Domestic Product comes from coastal counties alone!

Study: Rhode Island’s waters not protected
Block Island Times (June 11, 2013)

A study, “SeaStates 2013” by the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue, says that Rhode Island has not established any protected ocean areas, called ...

Deep refuges to save our reefs
Science Alert (May 30, 2013)

Marine scientists from Australia and the USA today called for global efforts to protect deeper coral reefs as insurance against the widespread destruction of shallow reefs and their fish stocks now taking place around the world.

Deep refuges 'can help save our reefs'
Phys.org (May 30, 2013)

Marine scientists from Australia and the USA today called for global efforts to protect deeper coral reefs as insurance against the widespread destruction of shallow reefs and their fish stocks now taking place around the world. In the journal Nature Climate Change, lead author Dr. Tom Bridge from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and colleagues point out that global conservation policies have so far failed to prevent the widespread destruction of coral reefs and their fish life, which now threatens the food security of millions of people.

Scientists Urge Preservation of Deep Ocean Coral Reefs
Scientific American (May 29, 2013)

When most people think of coral reefs, they think of sunlit shallow shelves, teeming with sea creatures and iridescent tropical fish that almost anyone with a snorkel and a swimsuit can see. But much deeper in the ocean, 100 feet down and below, exists another type of coral reef. These deepwater reefs, many of which are unmapped and unexplored, need protection, several marine scientists wrote in a commentary published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Ocean Shipping Lanes Near San Francisco Changed to Protect Whales
The Press Democrat (December 27, 2012)

Marine Conservation Institute's President, Lance Morgan, co-chaired a working group of environmentalists, whale experts, and shipping industry representatives to recommend modifying shipping lanes in San Francisco Bay. Modifications to the shipping lanes were approved and will be implemented this summer.

To Save the Oceans, Zone Them
Washington Post (December 14, 2012)

Marine Conservation Institute's Chief Scientist and Founder, Dr. Elliott Norse, shares his thoughts on the importance of zoning the ocean.

'Fiscal Cliff' Threatens Wildlife
The Garden Island (November 20, 2012)

As the country sits on the edge of the "fiscal cliff", many federal agencies gear up for potential impacts. As a member of the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE), Marine Conservation Institute stresses the potential impacts on the National Wildlife Refuges and Marine National Monuments in the group's recent report. Read all about it here: http://www.fundrefuges.org/CARE/CARE_Fiscal_Cliff_Final_2012.pdf

Improved Enforcement Needed After Recent Report Highlights Failure to Police Pacific Monuments 
Pacific News Center (October 19, 2012)

Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan called today for Congress and Federal agencies to dedicate more attention and resources to curtailing illegal activity in U.S. Pacific Waters. Congressman Sablan’s comments came in the wake of a report by the Marine Conservation Institute that highlights the inability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to adequately enforce federal law within the boundaries of the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, Rose Atoll, and Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monuments.

First Satellite Study of Tagged Manta Rays Exposes Hidden Habits
RedOrbit (May 12, 2012)

A study published by the online journal PLoS One describes recent research conducted just of the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula that used satellite tracking devices to better understand the daily habits of manta rays. Scientists from the University of Exeter in the UK, the Government of Mexico, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Marine Conservation Institute participated in the study. Satellite data revealed that manta rays traveled more than 1,100 kilometers and spend most of their time within 200 miles of the coastline.

High-Resolution Multibeam Mapping of Mid-Atlantic Canyons to Assess Tsunami Hazards
USGS (October 2011)

For the past 5 years, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, have been studying submarine canyons and landslides to assess the potential for landslide-generated tsunamis along the U.S. east coast. This study was requested and funded by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which is concerned about the potential impact of tsunamis on new and existing nuclear power plants. Recent devastating tsunamis in Samoa (2009), Chile (2010), and Japan (2011) offer sober reminders of the importance of accurately identifying and characterizing the natural events, or "sources," that can generate tsunamis.

International Team Studies Impacts of Oil and Gas Drilling on Cold-Water Corals in Norway
USGS (October 2011)

Oil and gas exploration in the North Sea, as in the Gulf of Mexico, involves deep-sea drilling. Commonly, areas of interest for hydrocarbons overlap areas where cold-water corals (also called deep-sea corals) live. These corals do not have photosynthetic algal symbionts (zooxanthellae) like tropical corals, but they do create complex habitat for hundreds of other animals, including fishes, crabs, and shrimp. These cold-water coral reefs are centers of biodiversity in deep water. Regulations exist to keep drilling from occurring too close to the corals; however, drilling mud (a slurry of clays used to keep the drill lubricated) can form long plumes of particulates that may affect corals some distance from the drilling operation.

Seeking a safety net in deep-sea fish crisis
australianetworknews (October 4, 2011)

Aquaculture - raising fish through farming - now produces about 50 per cent of the seafood consumed around the world. But pressure from fishing fleets on already depleted deep-sea fish stocks will remain intense.

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Where’s the Beach? Under the Seaweed.
The New York Times (October 11, 2011)

An invasion of seaweed that is extraordinary in volume and geographic scope has been besieging the eastern Caribbean since June, sending resorts and government agencies from Anguilla in the north to Tobago in the south scrambling to rid beaches of the smelly, brown, bug-attracting algae before the impending high season.

Scientists call for end to deep-sea fishing
The Washington Post (September 6, 2011)

Industrial fishing in the deep sea should be banned because it has depleted fish stocks that take longer to recover than other species, according to a paper to be released this week by an international team of marine scientists. The article, published in the scientific journal Marine Policy, describes fishing operations that have in recent decades targeted the unregulated high seas after stocks near shore were overfished.

Coral Reefs in the Pacific Northwest
Currents (Fall 2011)

You may be surprised to know that corals are not only found in warm and bright tropical waters, but a stunning variety of corals live right off our coast here in the Pacific Northwest. These beautiful, deep-water corals take food right out of the water, so they don’t rely on sunlight and symbiotic algae for food like their warm-water cousins. They don’t grow very quickly, but they can live for hundreds of years.