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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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Community Updates - External Link
Posted on July 18, 2018 - 12:36pm, by vbell

The Lenfest Ocean Program is pleased to announce a new research project now underway. Being led by researchers from the University of Washington’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) and the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), this project will examine the relationships between northern fur seals, walleye pollock, and climate change in the Bering Sea. The research team will develop a new spatially explicit bioenergetic model to estimate the dietary needs of northern fur seals and link this model to AFSC/JISAO's food web model of the Bering Sea (FEAST) and AFSC's multi-species stock assessment model (CEATTLE) to estimate past, current, and future diets given different climate and fishing scenarios.

In the News

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
Community Updates - External Link

Please join Marine Conservation Institute to eat, drink, dance, and learn about our work to protect marine biodiversity on July 23 at Lagunitas Brewing Company Taproom in Petaluma, CA (1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954). Our colleagues and collaborators from Marine Applied Research and Exploration and the Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation will cohost. 

OC Overview
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)

Some Plastic Pollution Isn’t Plastic After All

Some may remember the big scare a couple months ago about shellfish grow-out areas (specifically along the US Pacific coast) being riddled with microplastics. A new study, by the British Columbia Shellfish Growers' Association, discovered that the main pollutant inside of pacific coast shellfish (both farmed and wild) was not plastic, but cotton. My question is, is that any better? Probably depends on what's in the cotton fibers. (via Hakai Magazine)

Bold initiative aims to protect coral reefs in the Dominican Republic

This 786,300 hectares of reef environment in the Caribbean will be the first of the its kind in management style. Co-managed by locals, non-profits, and government organizations, this collaborative style could shape future MPA management efforts. (via Mongabay)

Endangered Species Act stripped of key provisions in Trump administration proposal

Though this is just a proposal, if it comes to pass some changes would be putting each species on a case-to-case basis and taking economics into consideration when viewing a contending plant or animal. (via Washington Post

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.

OC Overview
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)

MPA News

Marine litter – and particularly its plastic component, commonly called ‘ocean plastic’ or ‘plastic pollution’ – is a hot topic now. Photos and television programs showing marine wildlife killed by plastic pollution have sparked public outcries.


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