Seamounts medicine? Why your next antibiotic may come from the deep sea.

By Matt Coomer, Communications Coordinator at Marine Conservation Institute Our ocean is filled with amazing creatures, big and small. Most of its life is actually far smaller than we can see: there are millions of microscopic animals, plants, and more thriving in our ocean. Human lives may directly depend on these tiny creatures too, as researchers Read more about Seamounts medicine? Why your next antibiotic may come from the deep sea.[…]

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[…]

Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands

By Dr. Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute Location, location, location! This axiom of the real estate world is perhaps even more true in the natural world. Finding the right environmental conditions for deep-sea corals and sponges to survive and thrive is a rare occurrence in the deep ocean. Marine biologists have discovered deep-sea Read more about Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands[…]

Expedition Planning 101 – How Models Can Help Guide Deep-Sea Exploration

By Dr. Sam Georgian, Marine Biogeographer at Marine Conservation Institute In May 2018, a joint Marine Conservation Institute and Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) expedition will probe the deep seafloor within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to an astonishing diversity of cold-water corals and sponges that build crucial habitat Read more about Expedition Planning 101 – How Models Can Help Guide Deep-Sea Exploration[…]

5 Reasons Seamounts Matter

By Matt Coomer, Communications Coordinator at Marine Conservation Institute Seamounts are underwater mountains that rise from the seabed. Because most of the world’s seafloor is a muddy plain, seamounts are special deep-sea features that support unique creatures. Seamounts can arise along mid-ocean ridges, as isolated landmarks, or as volcanoes in chains and clusters. Off California, Read more about 5 Reasons Seamounts Matter[…]

Offshore Drilling: So What Happens Now?

  By Pete Stauffer, Environmental Director at Surfrider Foundation This post was originally featured on the Surfrider Foundation Blog on April 18, 2018. A final decision on the Trump administration’s offshore drilling proposal is at least a year away. Here’s what you can do right now to defend your coastline from new oil rigs! Earlier this year, the Read more about Offshore Drilling: So What Happens Now?[…]

Florida Pulled From Offshore Drilling Plan, But What About the Rest of the U.S.?

By Pete Stauffer, Environmental Director at Surfrider Foundation This post was originally featured on the Surfrider Foundation Blog on January 10, 2018. The Surfrider Foundation is pleased that Secretary Zinke has recognized that Florida’s coasts are heavily reliant on tourism and that its communities, businesses, and state leaders are strongly opposed to offshore drilling. Hundreds of local communities and Read more about Florida Pulled From Offshore Drilling Plan, But What About the Rest of the U.S.?[…]