A landmark resolution was adopted in June by a consensus of UN member states, to develop a legally-binding treaty for the conservation of marine life beyond national territorial waters – that area of the ocean shared by all. The resolution formalizes the recommendations made last January by the UN Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group (“UN Working Group”) which was tasked with assessing the feasibility of a new treaty, and signals a major step forward toward convening an intergovernmental negotiating conference that would finalize the terms of the new treaty, possibly in 2018.
The National Park Service will unveil a new general management plan intended to start reversing the decline with a suite of new rules for visitors that will, for the first time, include a controversial “no-fishing” marine reserve. The plan, 15 years in the making and long mired in tugs-of-war between varied interests, tries to balance protecting the park with finding better ways for the public to enjoy it.
Discover opportunites to support marine conservation efforts and share petitions, comment periods and public meetings.
The Marine Conservation Institute is joining with Greenpeace, Mission Blue, and Sylvia Earle Alliance to challenge individuals and businesses to share a bold vision for healthy and thriving oceans. We want to protect 20% of the US oceans by 2020!
Marine protected areas are essential to safeguard biodiversity and to sustain vibrant seas.
Marine protected areas can increase biomass and biodiversity in tropical and temperate ecosystems, as well as serve as insurance policies against the impacts of fishing and other destructive activities. If managed properly, they are an effective way of protecting marine ecosystems along with their cultural and historical heritage for us and future generations.
Marine Protected Area statistics by political or ecological dimensions.