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Marine Protected Areas

33 Amazing Species -- And a Chance to Save Them

John Hocevar | Posted 09.18.2014 | Green
John Hocevar

Our report highlights 33 species -- but it could easily have included thousands more. From giant blue whales and mysterious Antarctic toothfish to furry Weddell Seals and rugged chinstrap penguins, the Southern Ocean is part of a vast interconnected ocean environment that not only supports marine life but human life around the world.

'No Blue, No Green' -- New Sylvia Earle Film Shows Power of Protecting Our Oceans

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.16.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

In a beautiful new film released this Friday on Netflix, oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle describes her underwater adventures. She also explains why she is driven to protect wild oceans the way we now protect wild lands.

Obama Takes Bold Action to Protect Marine Life in the Pacific Ocean

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As the summer arrives and millions of Americans head to the coast, we can all feel proud that our nation has the wisdom to preserve our ocean riches. The plan President Obama announced today will set a new record for marine protection and set the stage for more action in U.S. waters and around the globe.

Global Partnership for the Oceans

Peter Neill | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Of the many organizations and initiatives dedicated to ocean sustainability, we often point to smaller groups and individuals attempting and succeeding in making a difference through specific actions directed at local issues and solutions.

Beyond Hope

Peter Neill | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Frequently in these conversations I hear expressions of hopelessness: What can I do to combat these forces, distant and powerful, that seem indifferent not just to the natural environment, but also to the values and traditions that have been part of our engagement with the ocean forever?

World Parks Congress Holds Promise for an Inspired Planet

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

The effort to work with women, local communities, indigenous peoples, and youth has never been more pronounced.

Sea Sickness

Peter Neill | Posted 04.19.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Every human need for the future -- fresh water, food, energy, medicine, security, and psychological renewal -- is dependent on a healthy, sustainable world ocean. The ocean is our cure. Why would we destroy it?

Geospatial Revolution

Peter Neill | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Those attempting to plan, or govern, in these areas -- be they local, regional, national, or international -- have not had these tools before. They have been thwarted by conventional inaccuracies, vested interests, ideological determinations that bear no relation to reality, and aggressive opposition.

The Bottom Line: Protecting Real Estate for Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

For businesses dependent on high foot traffic, location is everything. It's much the same out on the water, where finding the right spot can make all the difference for commercial and recreational fishermen alike.

'Hope Spots' -- Building an Ocean Legacy

Francesca Koe | Posted 10.28.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

Many of us, as young girls, read about Sylvia Earle's aquatic adventures -- we dreamt of exploring the oceans just like oceanographer affectionately known as 'Her Deepness.' Sylvia's vision continues to inspire us all. In partnership with Mission Blue, Her Deepness aims to renew the health of our imperiled oceans by giving key spots relief from human stressors.

Yesterday's Ocean

Francesca Koe | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

Have you ever wondered what the seas off the California shores looked like 100 years ago? Now you can find out!

Russia in the Ocean World

Peter Neill | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Peter Neill

President Putin seems determined to restore Russia's maritime role, not just in the face of the United States, but also China, Japan, and the European Union (EU).

Ordinary People Helping Our Oceans in Extraordinary Ways

Francesca Koe | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

With the help of people just like you and me, collectively we will know a whole lot more about the numbers and types of sea life in our waters, how best to respond to a major disturbance, and how much success we're having in protecting vulnerable habitats.

Charting a Path to Ocean Prosperity

Peter Seligmann | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green
Peter Seligmann

The Pacific Island Forum nations and their peoples have courageously stood up to the developed world and asked those countries to stop the overexploitation and thoughtless destruction of the ocean. Now it is time for the developed world to answer.

Diving With the Dream Team

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 11.06.2012 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

I am scuba diving in the South Pacific, about six hours due south of Hawaii by air. As exotic and remote a locale as this is, the real story is not where I am but whom I have the honor to dive with.

Ocean Frontiers: A Film for Everyone Who Cares About the Sea

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 09.23.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

The ocean is facing unprecedented challenges and it is up to us to find solutions to protect it. Ocean Frontiers is more than a film, it is an outreach campaign designed to engage, inspire and mobilize people to better manage and conserve our ocean.

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.

Ocean Lovers Urge Leaders at Rio+20 to Make Real Commitments to Restore Oceans

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.12.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

We know how to fish better, reduce pollution, and revive marine life. The question is: will we put these solutions in place? Will our leaders do what it takes to scale up smart strategies and set real, lasting recovery in motion?

More Hope for Our Oceans Than We Think

Adam Lowry | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Adam Lowry

Take a moment to consider all that is being done to protect and preserve our oceans, and just appreciate it. Appreciation is a necessary ingredient of hope, and hope leads to progress.

An Ocean Pioneer: President Anote Tong

Greg Stone | Posted 08.07.2012 | Green
Greg Stone

I had the honor last week to present the Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in National Stewardship of the Ocean to a longtime friend, His Excellency Anote Tong -- President of the Republic of Kiribati.

California Casts Historic Vote to Preserve Ocean Riches for All Americans to Enjoy

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.05.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Summer vacation season has arrived, and millions of Americans are packing their bags and heading toward the ocean. We have many beautiful beaches to c...

Green Turtles Find Safe Haven In Protected Areas, Study Shows

Posted 03.19.2012 | Green

By OurAmazingPlanet Staff: Green turtles appear to find a benefit in heading to Marine Protected Areas over nonprotected areas of the ocean at meal...

California's Newest State Parks Are in the Ocean

Francesca Koe | Posted 12.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Francesca Koe

On January 1, 2012 Southern California will celebrate the grand opening of a series of underwater parks that stretches from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Biodiversity On Earth Plummets, Despite Growth in Protected Habitats

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 09.29.2011 | Green

Despite rapid and substantial growth in the amount of land and sea designated as protected habitat over the last four decades, the diversity of specie...

PHOTOS: Costa Rica's New Marine Reserve

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A new marine protected area has been created surrounding Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park, thanks to new protective measures supported by the...