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Posted on July 19, 2018 - 1:35pm, by raye

Tony Amos, Director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute talks about the dangers of sea turtles and pelicans getting entangled in discarded fishing line. The basics of this video: recycle all fishing line. Visit for more information about marine debris, recycling fishing line, and what you can do to help. This video was made possible by the following partners: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (funded the project), Coastal Conservation Association of Texas, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Surfrider Foundation, Texas Sea Grant, National Parks Service, Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Amos Rehabilitation Keep, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and the Mission-Aransas Reserve.

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Marine Conservation Institute is thrilled to announce this year's Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) award nominees: 

  • Cape Rodney-Okakari Marine Reserve
  • Réserve Naturelle Marine de Cerbère-Banyuls
  • Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
  • Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary
  • De Hoop Marine Protected Area
  • Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
  • Misool Private Marine Reserve
  • Ilhas Selvagens
  • Wilsons Promontory Marine Protected Area
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Posted on July 17, 2018 - 12:05pm, by raye

‘Decolonizing conservation’: Q&A with PNG marine activist John Aini

It's time to start trusting that there are just as good or better ways to approach conservation than just the western perspective. In order to properly protect or enhance protections on critical areas we should be listening and utilizing as much information that can be gathered from the people who know the areas best. (via Mongabay)

In the News
Posted on July 13, 2018 - 6:12pm, by abrown

We are working to organize a special issue or a special theme section for the journal Estuaries and Coasts focused on shallow water mapping. We would like to cordially invite you to contribute a manuscript to this special issue/section that will serve to highlight and promote our research as a unified group. Any research relevant to the field of shallow water mapping is welcome (see below for examples). The term “shallow water” here refers to depths less than 30ft (10m), though exceptions may be made.

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Posted on July 10, 2018 - 9:43am, by raye

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

It is still unknown why the resident orca pods within the Salish Sea are dying. There are many possible theories, ranging from: pollutants from nearby cities to increase in marine traffic. A leading thought is the deaths are driven by loss of the orca's main food source, the Chinook Salmon. The Chinook or King Salmon is the largest salmon found in the Salish Sea and similarly to the resident orcas, is endangered. (Via The New York Times)