- Scientists Gather at International Marine Conservation Congress to Develop Global Ocean Refuge System Criteria August 13, 2014
- Marine Conservation Institute Releases SeaStates 2014; Report Card on How Well Individual U.S. States Protect Their Coastal Waters July 15, 2014
- President Obama Announces Plan to Create the Largest Marine Protected Area in the World with Help from Marine Conservation Institute June 17, 2014
- New Online Tool, MPA Campaign Tracker, Enables People to Explore Progress of Global Marine Protected Area Initiatives and Campaigns June 11, 2014
- Are shark sanctuaries really safe havens for sharks? August 11, 2014
- MPA Campaign Tracker reveals the behind-the-scenes work towards saving our oceans July 11, 2014
- Global Ocean Commission Calls for Regeneration Zones to Recover Ocean Health June 25, 2014
- Obama Steps Up for Oceans June 17, 2014
- Kerry Highlights Some Promising Directions June 16, 2014
To recover the diversity and abundance of marine life, Marine Conservation Institute initiatied the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), a strategic, science-based way to safeguard marine ecosystems on a global scale. GLORES is designed to catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region, enough to avert mass extinction. Global Ocean Refuges will serve as safe havens for the world’s diversity of marine life.
GLORES expands existing efforts by 1) using a scientifically sound biogeographic framework for protecting ecosystems; 2) establishing clear, transparent criteria for the best locations, strong protection, effective management and credible enforcement to save species and their habitats from preventable harm; 3) fostering improved cooperation among non-profit and for-profit organizations to achieve GLORES goals; and 4) incentivizing competition among countries and international governmental organizations for the prestige and economic benefits of earning Global Ocean Refuge status for the best existing and new marine protected areas.
While GLORES seems to be a major shift in marine conservation, it actually builds on what the marine conservation community has learned since its origin in the 1970s. GLORES will not replace existing efforts to protect individual places; GLORES will facilitate their success, thereby advancing the system-change in ocean protection that humankind needs.