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Report from the World Ocean Summit

Last week, I flew to Half Moon Bay for the World Ocean Summit, hosted by The Economist and National Geographic. It brought together world leaders, nonprofit and industry executives, foundations, resource economists, and scientists to discuss the most pressing problems facing the ocean, and brainstorm solutions. The conference began with…

Protecting the crown jewels of the ocean

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently announced that about three percent of the world’s oceans—an area slightly larger than the continent of Europe—now lies within marine protected areas.  This is up from 1.2% in 2010, but still well below the target of 10% by 2020. Despite…

California’s experiment to boost fisheries shows early signs of success

In the last ten years, the state of California launched a big experiment by creating marine protected areas up and down the coast that give ocean creatures a chance to feed, breed and thrive.  Like national parks on land, these so-called “underwater parks” are meant to give marine life a…