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Explorers Take to the Skies to See Greenland Like Never Before

“Usually if it’s been done, I’m not too interested in it.”

That’s according to National Geographic grantee Eddie Kisfaludy, a marine biologist, pilot, and extreme data collector. And that’s how he found himself flying a tiny helicopter 8,000 miles over some of the most remote regions on Earth, including Greenland’s most epic landscapes.

Vatika Bay Hope Spot: Submerged Ancient Grecian City Abuts Marine Abundance

Vatika Bay and the Myrtoon Sea in Greece may boast clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and iconic mountainous ridges, but what makes the Hope Spot truly special is intersection of nature and culture. Iconic species including whales and dolphins, loggerhead turtles, monk seals, and fan clams swim near a spectacular underwater archeological site called Pavlopetri. Located in the western…

The Conservation Group That’s Working to End Shark Fin Sales and Distribution in the UK by 2023

By Dominique Maingot

It is estimated that over 100 million sharks are killed each year by unsustainable fishing methods, some leading to their entanglement in nets as bycatch or the direct targeting of their fins. Despite the EU’s passing of a regional agreement on shark conservation and management in 2009, and additional species listings under annexes to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), unregulated protections and species-specific management approaches continue to enable loopholes for shark fin trading worldwide.

With the help of its dedicated volunteers and scientists, Fin Fighters, a UK-based conservation organization, is working diligently to understand these issues in areas where data on illegal shark catches and genetic populations remain quite limited.

One More Threat for the East Pacific Leatherback

By Lauren Hackney Upon arrival for my second field season with The Leatherback Trust in Costa Rica, I was eager to return to Playa Grande for its unique biodiversity. Playa Grande’s pristine white sand beach hosts nesting leatherbacks, the same species who swam our oceans 110 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Now…

Experts say marine protected areas are great but could be better with more staff and funding

A new study suggests many marine protected areas suffer from a lack of adequate staffing and funding–and that’s holding these areas back from reaching their full potential as protective areas for marine life.

Hokulea Visits the Pitcairn Islands

After 11 full days on the ocean, Hawaii’s iconic sailing vessel Hokulea and her crew arrived yesterday on Pitcairn Island for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The Grekos: A success story in the crackdown on illegal fishing

Investigative New York Times Reporter and Safina Center Fellow tells the tale of The Grekos, a case of an illegal fishing crackdown success story.

Drone Captures Leatherback Sea Turtle Returning to Ocean, Swimming Away

By Jenell Black and Christian Díaz Chuquisengo This year, as Field Manager at The Leatherback Trust, I was lucky enough to witness an extraordinary event in Las Baulas National Park (Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas) on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Leatherbacks typically nest under the cover of darkness, but once in a rare while our…

Lack of Staffing, Funds Prevent Marine Protected Areas from Realizing Full Potential

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff.

The findings are published in the journal Nature on March 22.

We Did Something Bold

Today, Ocean Conservancy took a bold step. I am proud to let you know my friend and colleague Janis Searles Jones has stepped into the role of Ocean Conservancy’s CEO as I assume the role of President. This mutual decision was unanimously endorsed by Ocean Conservancy’s Board of Directors. Yes, this is unusual. But we…

Disappearing Landscapes in Louisiana: When Google Maps Can’t Catch Up

The America I have seen over the past year is creative, inspiring, and not ready to surrender itself to the rising seas.

Sea turtles of São Tomé: Selling what can’t be sold

Sea turtles have the dubious honor of being one of the few animals that rank high globally on both the charisma scale and the dinner menu. If it is true that in western countries sea turtles have amassed legions of fans, it is also true that for millennia, in coastal villages worldwide, they have been…

Animal neuroscientist discusses her career and the case for keeping cetaceans out of captivity

Many countries and U.S. states have recently banned the captivity of orcas and other cetaceans. Neuroscientist Lori Marino discusses what happens when these animals are kept in tanks and why she believes there is a need to bring them back into a more natural environment.

Voyaging Through 4 Global Marine Treasures

We have had to adjust our course many times to travel downwind and remain focused on our destination. These lessons from sailing hold true for protecting our oceans. The first step, in either situation, is being clear about our destination.

The Trendy Fish Diet We Can Get Behind

Everyone wants to eat healthy. Some of us try cutting carbs while others cut out sugar or go vegan. Often, we find these diets hard to sustain without the proper preparation, research and commitment to make sure we are actually eating healthy. Now, imagine trying to create a new diet for farm-raised fish. Can fish…