Why protect 600,000 square miles that most people will never see?

By Jenny Woodman (@JennyWoodman) Ensia featured this piece with its original photos and visuals on October 3, 2017: https://ensia.com/features/marine-reserves/ All images seen here have been added for this republication and are by NOAA.  Much of what lay beneath the ship was a mystery. The edge of the continental shelf plummets more than 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) somewhere Read more about Why protect 600,000 square miles that most people will never see?[…]

Whales, Seamounts, and Fisherfolk: How Conservation Efforts are Attempting to Tackle a Growing Threat to Marine Life

By Kaitlin Lebon Hidden beneath the waters off the California coast lies a treasure trove of marine biodiversity. Seamounts, or underwater mountains, are veritable hotspots for a wide variety of undersea critters who call deep-sea ecosystems home. These steep peaks often break up ocean currents, allowing for nutrients to be brought up from deeper waters,[1] Read more about Whales, Seamounts, and Fisherfolk: How Conservation Efforts are Attempting to Tackle a Growing Threat to Marine Life[…]

Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks

By Jordan Macke Coldwater corals at Rodriguez Seamount. Photo: MBARI. Our oceans are home to a number of globally rare habitats that marine animals rely on. These areas are often characterized by the presence of endemic species and are usually teeming with life. Unfortunately, the qualities that make these places unique also make them incredibly Read more about Getting to the bottom of the oceans’ tallest peaks[…]

National Geographic Profiles Seamounts

Marine Conservation Institute collaborated with partner photographer Brian Skerry to help create the cover story of the February issue of National Geographic Magazine: Saving Our Oceans. The article highlights some of the ocean’s most pristine places — like Cortes Bank seamount off the coast of California — and is brought to life with stunning photos taken by Brian Skerry Read more about National Geographic Profiles Seamounts[…]

Seamounts: vulnerable marine ecosystems in need of protection

Our oceans are dotted with thousands of underwater mountains scattered beneath the waves that harbor an incredible diversity of marine life. Known as seamounts, these extraordinary places are highly productive oases in the sea, and are home to extremely fragile, long-lived, rare and sometimes endangered marine life. Some seamounts function like rest stops for migratory Read more about Seamounts: vulnerable marine ecosystems in need of protection[…]

Expedition to San Juan Seamount

“About two million years ago, a small archipelago off the coast of modern-day California slipped beneath the waves, receding into the ocean. Its birth had been a violent one, as volcanic eruptions piled basalt upward, pyramid-like, through the deep sea and toward the light. Ultimately, the water line was breached and mountainous islands rose into Read more about Expedition to San Juan Seamount[…]

Federal Leaders Introduce Bill to Protect Seamounts off California

We are delighted to announce that Congressmen Sam Farr (CA) and Ted Lieu (CA) have introduced the California Seamounts and Ridges National Marine Conservation Area Designation and Management Act (H.R. 5797) to protect a series of nine seamounts, ridges and banks in federal waters off the California coastline. Consisting of ancient islands, underwater volcanoes and mountain ranges, Read more about Federal Leaders Introduce Bill to Protect Seamounts off California[…]

Seamounts: Oases of Biodiversity in California’s Deep Waters

Beneath the deep waters off the coast of California exist submarine mountains that rise thousands of feet off the seafloor and harbor an incredible diversity of marine life. These underwater mountains are known as seamounts, classically defined as seafloor features that are taller than than 1,000 m (3,300 feet), have steep sides, and are roughly Read more about Seamounts: Oases of Biodiversity in California’s Deep Waters[…]