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November 25, 2014
World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks

Linda Vergnani ABC Environment  First posted 20 Nov 2014 AT LEAST 30 PER CENT of the world's oceans should be protected as marine parks where fishing and mining are banned, according to a new target set at the close of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's World Parks Congress in Sydney yesterday. The sharply increased […]

June 12, 2014
NOAA Sanctuary Nomination Process – Summer 2014

Reposted from For the first time in twenty years, NOAA is re-establishing a process for the public to nominate nationally significant marine and Great Lakes areas as potential new national marine sanctuaries. This community-based process addresses a growing number of requests for new national marine sanctuaries from diverse interests around the country. This action […]

October 26, 2012
Can we protect 10 percent of the oceans? Momentum is growing.

By Pete Spotts, Staff writer / October 25, 2012. Efforts to set aside conservation zones in the world’s oceans are picking up steam, putting countries on a path to reach an international goal of setting aside 10 percent of coastal and marine waters as marine-protected areas by 2020. That’s the assessment of a report prepared […]

February 20, 2012
Turtles ‘face extinction’ without marine protection

Nick Collins, Science Correspondent, in Vancouver 12:01AM GMT 18 Feb 2012. Critically endangered sea creatures like Pacific turtles face extinction unless conservation zones are shifted to follow their migration paths, experts have warned. Current marine protection areas designed to preserve under-threat species generally cover fixed geographical spots where they feed, mate or rear their […]

Greg Stone: Saving the ocean one island at a time

Aboard Mission Blue, scientist Greg Stone tells the story of how he helped the Republic of Kiribati create an enormous protected area in the middle of the Pacific — protecting fish, sealife and the island nation itself.

July 5, 2011
We call it the ‘Blue Planet’, but only 1.3 per cent of our oceans are protected — and so far, mainly just on paper

New handbook for marine protected areas marks start of worldwide campaign ‘Homes for Whales and Dolphins’ July 2011. “Marine protected areas are steadily getting bigger which is good news for large marine predators with big habitats. Comparing the top 15 areas in 2005 to 2011, the average size has gone from just over 100,000 […]

June 16, 2011
The Unfulfilled Promise of the World’s Marine Protected Areas

Biologists and conservationists maintain that establishing marine reserves — areas where fishing is off-limits or severely restricted — offers the best hope for recovery for our overstressed oceans. So why is such a small area of the world’s oceans protected? by Bruce Barcott. Yale Environment 360 This week the National Marine Protected Areas Center, a […]