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Marine Reserves

PHOTOS: Explore the Largest Protected Area on Earth

Matt Rand | Posted 09.08.2016 | Green
Matt Rand

On Aug. 26, President Barack Obama created the largest protected area on Earth when he expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in th...

Hawaiian Marine Reserve, Once World's Largest, May Soon Regain That Status

Matt Rand | Posted 06.16.2016 | Green
Matt Rand

When it was first designated 10 years ago, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands was the world's largest marine reserve. Since then, the sanctuary has been eclipsed in size nine times by new protected areas.

A Marine Reserve Will Protect Our Island, Our Culture, and Our Livelihoods

Tuanainai Narii | Posted 04.06.2017 | Green
Tuanainai Narii

The people of Rapa cannot live without the sea. To come to our island, one must travel across the ocean because we have no airstrip. On a daily basis, the ocean is what gives us the resources we need to live on Rapa, our small island, a part of French Polynesia's Austral Islands.

The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary: A Win for New Zealand and Our Planet

Bronwen Golder | Posted 03.31.2017 | Green
Bronwen Golder

Dramatic, diverse, and spectacular are just some of the words visitors use to describe New Zealand's Kermadec region, which has borne witness to Polyn...

A Toga-Wearing Tattooist Creates an Antipodean Contemporary Art Experience

JK Russ | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
JK Russ

It is the first Friday of the New Year in the coastal town of Gisborne, New Zealand. The town has almost doubled in population with the influx of sum...

Happy Birthday California Marine Network!

Francesca Koe | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Francesca Koe

This year I am very happy to reflect on an awesome milestone for our oceans -- the one year anniversary of a complete network of marine parks and reserves, dotted brilliantly along the California coast, 124 strong.

Russia, Ukraine Block Sanctuaries in Antarctic Waters

John Hocevar | Posted 09.15.2013 | Green
John Hocevar

More than 1.3 million people around the world have joined the global call for Antarctic marine protection with thousands taking action through online petitions and emails from around the world.

An Oceanic Gift

Francesca Koe | Posted 12.19.2012 | Green
Francesca Koe

Today we celebrate the grand opening of 19 underwater parks along the beautifully rugged and wild shores of Northern California -- my Golden State can now boast of a complete set of coastal crown jewels.

Looking for Hope in the Ruins as CCAMLR Talks Fizzle

John Hocevar | Posted 01.01.2013 | Green
John Hocevar

This is a bad day for all of us who love the ocean. Above all, it is a bad day for the penguins, seals, killer whales, and other species that live in Antarctic waters. The problem is bigger than Antarctica, though.

Protecting Sharks From Senseless Slaughter

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

When humans brutally massacre sharks for their fins (finning them alive and throwing them back into the sea) food webs unravel.

Rio+20 Earth Summit: Success, More or Less

Bob Keefe | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Bob Keefe

No, the document that government officials produced after months of negotiation doesn't contain much that will make the planet a better place for me or my daughters. It lacks teeth. It ignores pressing issues like the need to expand renewable energy and protect ocean life on the high seas.

Good on Ya, Mate! Australia Protects Incredibly Big Ocean Area

Carl Safina | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

The Australian government has formed the world's largest network of ocean reserves. The network is anchored by a massive reserve in the Coral Sea. As we say, "Go you, Aussies."

Australian Government Finalizes Plans for the World's Largest Ocean Reserve Network

Mera McGrew | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Mera McGrew

Australia's announcement details their plans to protect more than a third of its waters, including important deep ocean habitats like the Diamantina Fracture zone, Australia's largest under water mountain range.

Saving Easter Island's Sharks and Marine Life

January Jones | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
January Jones

Diving in Salas y Gómez was like going back in time in Easter Island. The team found an incredible amount of marine life in the marine park, including scores of Galapagos sharks, large amberjacks, huge lobsters, and colorful corals that covered the sea floor.

Shark Week Is Over, but Sharks Still Need Our Help

Ian Somerhalder | Posted 10.12.2011 | Green
Ian Somerhalder

Sharks deserve to be part of our lives for more than one week each year and many shark populations are on the verge of collapse due to a destructive practice called shark finning.

Want to Help California's Economy? Eat a Lobster

Wade Crowfoot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wade Crowfoot

Next time you're lucky enough to crack open a lobster, consider this: you may be doing your part to stimulate California's economy. However, expanding marine reserves will take away about 20% of the state's lobster catch.

The Earth's Decade

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

This decade will be remembered and felt for its impact on Nature: the species that were saved and those that were lost; the heating of the planet; the forests cut down and those that continue to provide oxygen to our children's children.