Taney Seamounts: Collapsed Calderas and New Species

By Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute The Taney Seamounts are a chain of five seamounts spanning a distance of 33 miles across the seafloor off the coast of California. The seamounts are an example of near-ridge seamounts, which generally form near fast-spreading ridges on diverging tectonic plates. Fast is a relative term Read more about Taney Seamounts: Collapsed Calderas and New Species[…]

Trump Administration Repeals National Ocean Policy

By Pete Stauffer and Matt Gove of Surfrider Foundation This post was originally featured on the Surfrider Foundation Blog on June 19, 2018. On Tuesday, June 19, the Trump administration announced the repeal of the National Ocean Policy and issued a new executive order as a replacement. The National Ocean Policy was established by the Obama administration in 2010 based on the bipartisan recommendations Read more about Trump Administration Repeals National Ocean Policy[…]

The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk

By Kelly Martin, Communications Intern at Marine Conservation Institute  You’ve probably heard the saying that we know less about the deep ocean than we do about the surface of the moon. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we have explored less than 5% of the ocean to date, so the saying is pretty Read more about The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk[…]

Needle in a haystack: identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea

By Dr. Samuel Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute  Seamounts are underwater mountains rising thousands of feet from the bottom of the ocean. Due to their size and shape, seamounts exert a strong influence on local currents that results in nutrient enrichment and increased food supply. As a result, these massive features are often Read more about Needle in a haystack: identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea[…]