Marine Conservation Institute presents the Global Ocean Refuge System at the United Nations 2017 Ocean Conference as a pioneering conservation solution!  

Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue co-hosted a workshop focused on advancing ocean conservation last month at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University. The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) and Hope Spot initiatives were highlighted, and participants discussed how their organizations can support more effective marine protected areas in California and around the globe. Over 50 individuals representing conservation groups, government agencies, academic institutions and businesses participated in the workshop!

Marine Conservation Institute President Dr. Lance Morgan announces at Our Ocean 2016 our commitment to review the first ten protected areas for the Global Ocean Refuge System in the coming year!


Marine Conservation Institute hosted a GLORES Focus Group at the fourth annual International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada. The group wrestled with challenging aspects of evaluating MPAs: judging MPAs with multiple regulatory zones, identifying appropriate evidence of community engagement in MPA management, and determining the activities compatible with protecting marine life. What emerged from our efforts in St. John’s was a commitment to strengthen the GLORES evaluation framework and launch the Global Ocean Refuge System with an online nomination platform, candidate site evaluations, and inaugural GLORES awards as soon as possible. Check out out IMCC blog!


The first Global Marine Protected Areas Partner Summit was held in Redlands, California November 2015. The meeting was convened by Marine Conservation Institute and hosted by Esri, the world’s leading vendor of geographic information systems, to bring together marine conservation organizations and prominent scientists, including Dr. Sylvia Earle, to explore opportunities for collaboration and new tools for enhancing marine protected area efforts around the world. The two-day meeting focused on the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) initiative as a leading tool to support global conservation efforts and catalyze strong protection for the world’s oceans. Check out the Summit Outcomes report!

On March 12th, 2015, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Marine Conservation Institute hosted ‘The Future of Marine Conservation: Local and Global Perspective’ workshop. The workshop featured the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) initiative and participants were encouraged to discuss and provide insights on scientific criteria for ocean refuges. Please see the workshop’s outcomes report.