In The News

On this page you will find news releases related to the Global Ocean Refuge System, our Newsletter, blog posts related to the Global Ocean Refuge System and news articles about the importance of strongly protected marine areas.  You will also find events we will be attending or speaking at about our work, as well as the initiative's logo.  If you would like us to speak at your conference, or are with the media and need additional information, please contact Michael Gravitz - Director of Policy and Legislation: +1 202.546.5346.

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Blog Posts

News Articles

Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary wins Global Ocean Refuge Award
eTurboNews (October 30, 2018)

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park wins conservation award
The Bahamas Investor (October 30, 2018)

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park Wins Prestigious Global Ocean Refuge Award
Magnetic Media (October 30, 2018)

Selvagens com mais uma distinção internacional (October 27, 2018)

Understanding Our Future
Center for American Progress (September 12, 2018)

Tubbataha: Reefs for keeps in Palawan
Philippine News Agency (August 14, 2018)

Santa Cruz's Global Wave Conference addresses marine protections, science, surf history
Santa Cruz Sentinel (March 6, 2018)

To Protect Ocean Life, Marine Reserves Have to Be Redrawn Based on Science
Scientific American (February 2018)

Marine Conservation Institute - Celebrating Our Progress in 2017
Sand Cloud Towels Blog (January 4, 2018)

Helping Our Glorious Ocean
SEVENSEAS Magazine (December 2017)

Change Makers: Marine Conservation Institute
Giving Assistant (November 2017)

New ideas on how the social sciences could change the way we do ocean conservation and management – and already are
OCTO (October 2, 2017)

What it takes to become a Global Ocean Refuge
Ocean Spaces (September 19, 2017)

Malpelo: se declaran 4,5 millones de nuevas hectáreas protegidas en el Pacífico
Semana Sostenible (September 14, 2017)

Ahora Malpelo es un santuario de flora y fauna. ¡Refugio Oceánico Global!
El (September 13, 2017)

As Big Marine Reserves Proliferate, a New Focus on Enforcement
Oceans Deeply (September 12, 2017)

Bahura ng Tubbataha, kinilala para sa pangangalaga ng 'yaman' nito
ABS-CBN News (September 11, 2017)

Malpelo: La Isla Exaltada Como Refugio Oceánico Global 
Gestión Má (September 11, 2017)

Isla de Malpelo, todo un refugio oceánico global para fauna y flora
El Tiempo (September 9, 2017)

Tubbataha gets marine award 
Palawan News (September 8, 2017)

Tubbataha reefs get international award for marine protection
Philippine News Agency (September 8, 2017)

Tubbataha reef, itinanghal na isa sa mga “Superlative Marine Protected Area” sa buong mundo (September 8, 2017)

Santuario de Fauna y Flora de Malpelo: un Refugio Oceánico Global  
Ondouao (September 8, 2017)

El Santuario De Fauna Y Flora “MALPELO” Recibió El Galardón “REFUGIO OCEÁNICO GLOBAL” 
Un Medio Más (September 8, 2017)

Papahānaumokuākea Wins Global Award for Marine Protected Areas
Big Island Now (September 7, 2017)

Award Goes to Marine Monument 
The Garden Island  (September 7, 2017)

Santuario de Malpelo, con categoría de Refugio Oceánico Global  
El Tiempo (September 7, 2017)

El santuario de fauna y flora de Malpelo fue declarado como ‘Refugio Oceánico Global’
RCN Radio (September 6, 2017)

Declaran santuario de fauna y flora de Malpelo como ‘Refugio Oceánico Global’
DB La (September 6, 2017)

Santuario de Fauna y Flora de Malpelo es desde hoy "Refugio Oceánico Global"
El Pueblo (September 6, 2017)

Malpelo es declarado como ‘Refugio Oceánico Global’
Buenaventura enlinea (September 6, 2017)

El SFF de Malpelo es Desde Ahora Refugio Oceánico Global  
Esfera Viva (September 6, 2017)

La isla de Malpelo es ahora "Refugio Oceánico Global"   
Radio Santa Fe (September 6, 2017)

Santuario de Fauna y Flora de Malpelo, a partir de ayer "Refugio Oceánico Global"  
Extra en Cali (September 6, 2017)

Tubbataha Receives Platinum Marine Protected Area Award 
Tubbataha Management Office (September 6, 2017)

Papahānaumokuākea Wins International Award 
Hawai'i Public Radio (September 6, 2017)

El Santuario de Fauna y Flora de Malpelo, a partir de ayer “Refugio Oceánico Global”  
HSB Noticias (September 6, 2017)

El Santuario de Fauna y Flora de Malpelo es ahora “Refugio Oceánico Global”  
NB Noticias (September 6, 2017)

El Santuario de Fauna y Flora de Malpelo es ahora “Refugio Oceánico Global”  
Caracol Radio (September 5, 2017)

Reconocimiento de Santuario Malpelo como "Refugio Oceánico Global" también es un llamado de alerta
Catorce6 (September 5, 2017)

Declaran Santuario de Fauna y Flora de Malpelo como 'Refugio Oceánico Global' 
BLU Radio (September 5, 2017)

Santuario de Fauna y Flora de Malpelo es desde hoy “Refugio Oceánico Global"
Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia (September 5, 2017)

No conocemos bien el fondo del mar y eso now podría perjudicar 
futuro verde (September 5, 2017)

Chile es el país con el mayor porcentaje de sus costas con algún tipo de protección 
La Tercera (September 5, 2017)

Employing science to safeguard marine life with GLORES
OceanSpaces (August 17, 2016)

How We're Working to Protect the World's Oceans for Future Generations
One Green Planet (February 12, 2016)

Charting the right course to protect marine life
Virgin Unite (January 14, 2016)

Oceans are more vital than you think
CNN (December 7, 2015)

The world has protected more of the ocean this year than ever before
The Washington Post  (October 22, 2015)

Tackling the complex challenge of saving our precious oceans
Virgin Unite website  (March 17, 2015)

Protect our marine environment: lecture
The Telegram  (March 10, 2015)

Protecting the Pacific
Rick Steves' Radio Program (January 31, 2015) 

Peering into the depths of the Bering Sea canyons, it’s clear that protection is needed
Seattle Times
 (January 31, 2015) 

A to-do list for the world’s parks
Nature (November 2014)

Obama Creates the World’s Largest Ocean Reserve
Living on Earth (PRI: Public Radio International) (October 3, 2014)

Mr. Obama’s Pacific Monument
The New York Times (October 2, 2014)

Obama vastly expands Pacific reserve
Nature (September 26, 2014)

Lance Morgan Interviewed on BBC
BBC Newsday (September 26, 2014)

Elliott Norse Interviewed on BBC
BBC Newsday (September 26, 2014)

Obama establishes world's largest marine reserve (PDF)
E&E News (September 26, 2014)

Elliott Norse Interview
KOMO TV (September 25, 2014)

For the U.S., a New Challenge: Keeping Poachers Out of Newly Expanded Marine Reserve in the Pacific
National Geographic (September 25, 2014)

Obama extends vast marine reserve in central Pacific Ocean
The Christian Science Monitor (September 25, 2014)

Interview with Elliott Norse
PBS NewsHour (September 25, 2014)

The US just created the world’s largest marine sanctuary
Quartz (September 25, 2014)

Obama just created an ocean reserve twice the size of California
Vox (September 25, 2014)

Obama establishes world's largest marine preserve
CBS News (September 25, 2014)

Obama Creates Largest Marine Reserve In the World
ABC News (September 25, 2014)

Barack Obama to create world's largest ocean reserve in the Pacific
The Guardian (September 25, 2014)

Q&A: Why It's Important to Protect a Vast Marine Monument
National Geographic (September 24, 2014)

U.S. Creates Largest Protected Area in the World, 3X Larger Than California
National Geographic (September 24, 2014)

Obama to create world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean
Washington Post (September 24, 2014)

20 New Species of Coral Listed As Threatened
The Huffington Post (August 27, 2014)
This AP article was also in The New York Times,  Wall Street Journal, ABC News and 20 more media outlets.

The conversation around Dr. Elliott Norse's plenary speech at #IMCC3
Storify (August 18, 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US President Barack Obama vows to protect central Pacific waters
ABC Radio Australia (June 17, 2014)

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

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

A Blueprint for Protecting the World's Oceans
The Atlantic (April 25, 2014)

Governing the high seas
The Economist
(February 22, 2014)

The tragedy of the high seas
The Economist (February 22, 2014)

Amid Efforts to Expand Marine Preserves, a Warning to Focus on Quality
Kate Galbraith, The New York Times (February 19, 2014)

To Save Fish and Birds
Editorial Board, The New York Times (February 15, 2014)

Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features
Graham Edgar, Nature (February 5, 2014)

Why Won't Simply Creating Lots of Marine Reserves Save Sea Life?
Erik Stokstad, Science (February 5, 2014)


We Will Be There!

Our Ocean 2018
October 29-30, 2018―Bali, Indonesia
Our President Dr. Lance Morgan and Global Ocean Refuge Systems Director Dr. Sarah Hameed will present the 2018 Global Ocean Refuge Awards at the conference.

We Were There!

Marine Conservation Institute's Summer Ocean Party!
July 23, 2018 in Lagunitas Brewing Company Petaluma Taproom and Beer Sanctuary
Our Summer Ocean Party showcased new media from our deep-sea expedition with MARE in the Channel Islands.

The International Marine Conservation Congress 2018 (IMCC5) 
June 2018―Kuching, Malaysia
Board Chair Dr. David Johns and President Dr. Lance Morgan will be in attendance, with Dr. Johns co-leading in the Mapping Priority Areas for Marine Conservation Session at 12:00pm on Monday, June 25, 2018.

MPA Standards Workshop 
April 16-17, 2018―Washington, D.C.
President Lance Morgan, Conservation Scientist Beth Pike, and Conservation Analyst Russell Moffitt will be in attendance.

Ocean SOS San Francisco - An Ocean Tech Summit 2018 
April 5, 2018―San Franciso, CA
President Lance Morgan and Board Member Nathalie Udo attended.

Rising Tide Summit 
March 28-29, 2018―Los Angeles, CA
Board Member Nathalie Udo attended.

The Economist World Ocean Summit
March 7-9, 2018―Cancún-Playa del Carmen, Mexico
President Dr. Lance Morgan and Global Ocean Refuge System Ambassadors Sebastian Nicholls and Frederick Smith attended.

5th Global Wave Conference
March 4-7, 2018―Santa Cruz, CA
Global Ocean Refuge System Director Dr. Sarah Hameed presented on the importance of effective ocean protection and the Global Ocean Refuge System.

2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting
February 11-16, 2018―Portland, OR
Marine Biogeographer Dr. Samuel Georgian presented on his deep-sea habitat modeling.

IUCN Protected Areas Meeting
January 29 - February 1, 2018―Washington, D.C.
President Dr. Lance Morgan presented on the need for better MPA standards and stronger ocean protection.

Current Developments on U.S. Fisheries Policy
January 25, 2018―Environmental Law Institute Webinar
Director of Policy and Legislation Mke Gravitz presented on marine habitat conservation in the U.S.

Our Ocean
October 5-6, 2017―Malta
Director of Development Carolina Dratva and Global Ocean Refuge System Ambassador Sebastian Nicholls attended.

September 4-8, 2017―Coquimbo, Chile
President Lance Morgan, Beth Pike, and Russell Moffitt were in attendance.

The Ocean Conference
June 5-9, 2017―United Nations, New York
President Lance Morgan was in attendance.

Blue Vision Summit
May 9-11, 2017―Washington, D.C.
President Lance Morgan and Mike Gravitz were in attendance.

UN Prepatory Committee Meeting
February 15-16, 2017―New York
President Lance Morgan was in attendance.

ESRI Ocean GIS Forum

November 1-3, 2016―California
Beth Pike and Russell Moffitt were in attendance.

North Pacific Marine Science Organization 2016 Annual Meeting (PICES)
November 1-13, 2016―San Diego
Dr. Sam Georgian were in attendance.

Our Ocean Conferences

September 15-16, 2016―Washington, D.C.
President Dr. Lance Morgan and Director of Policy & Legislation Mike Gravitz were in attendance.

IUCN World Conservation Congress
September 1-10, 2016―Hawai'i
President Dr. Lance Morgan and Conservation Projects Coordinator Vienna Saccomanno were in attendance.

United Nations General Assembly resolution 69/292 Preparatory Committee
August 26-September 9, 2016―New York
President Dr. Lance Morgan was in attendance.

SCB Marine's 2016 International Marine Conservation Congress
July 30-August 03, 2016 ―St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador (YYT), CA
President Dr. Lance Morgan and staff scientists hosted a full-day focus group on the Global Ocean Refuge System, presented on as a tool for tracking meaningful marine protection and co-hosted a symposium on marine conservation in Canada, the USA and Mexico.

2015 Esri User Conference with Esri's software developers, technical and training staff and customer service teams
July 20-24, 2015 ― San Diego, CA
Scientist Beth Pike presented and its role in supporting the Global Ocean Refuge System initiative

2015 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites
March 29-April 3, 2015 ― Oakland, CA
President Lance Morgan and staff scientist Russ Moffitt exhibited and how we track global progress in marine protected areas as part of the Global Ocean Refuge System

2015 Memorial University of Newfoundland Global Ocean System Refuge Workshop
March 12-13, 2015 ― St. John's, Canada
President Lance Morgan visited Memorial University to host a Global Ocean Refuge System workshop

2014 Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation Annual Meeting
November 6-10, 2014 ― Sausalito, CA
Chief Scientist Elliott Norse and President Lance Morgan hosted a roundtable on the Global Ocean Refuge System

10th World Parks Congress
November 12-19, 2014 ― Sydney, Australia
President Lance Morgan and marine scientist Russ Moffitt attended

Our Ocean Meeting
September 25, 2014 ― New York, New York
President Lance Morgan attended this meeting where John Kerry announced that President Obama will expand the Pacific Remote Marine National Monument to 490,000 square miles.

International Marine Conservation Congress
August 14-18, 2014 ― Glasgow, Scotland
President Lance Morgan and Chief Scientist Elliott Norse hosted a workshop on the our criteria.  Elliott was also a plenary speaker and discussed our program.

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Sea Secrets Lecture March 19, 2014 ― Miami, FL
Chief Scientist Elliott Norse presented on the Global Ocean Refuge System

Global Ocean Refuge System Webinar hosted by NOAA MPA center, Open Channels, and EBM tools Network
March 13, 2014
President Lance Morgan presented on our work

International Marine Protected Areas Congress
October 21-27, 2013 ― Marseille, France
President Lance Morgan and Chief Scientist Elliott Norse attended