By Lance Morgan
Marine Conservation Institute is excited for the Society for Conservation Biology’s fourth annual International Marine Conservation Congress. This year we will be hosting a Focus Group on August 4 to develop robust criteria for the Global Ocean Refuge System and would like to invite all interested Congress attendees to pre-register for this day-long session.
The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) is a science based initiative designed to catalyze strong protection for 30% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030. It is a strategic way to safeguard marine ecosystems and will enable humans to recover marine life. Protecting places where viable marine populations can survive is the most cost-effective tool for conserving marine life. Effective, strongly protected areas will maintain and recover living things whose interactions drive humankind’s largest life life-support system, and provide a strategic protein reserve for the future. Marine Conservation Institute is working with a growing circle of partners to create the Global Ocean Refuge System, a new strategy to incentivize humans to provide safe havens for marine life as climate changes and oceans acidify.
At IMCC3 in Glasgow, we hosted a workshop and presented a conceptual framework for scoring Global Ocean Refuges based on the scientific literature. We have refined these criteria and will be presenting a more detailed scoring framework for Global Ocean Refuges and a preliminary Marine Protected Area nomination survey to the IMCC4 participants in St. Johns, Newfoundland and seek their feedback.
Picture: GLORES workshop participants at IMCC3 in Glasgow.
Nominate a site to the Global Ocean Refuge System!
Even if you can’t participate in the Focus Group, we would like to request that you nominate a site to the Global Ocean Refuge System via our new survey platform prior to the Congress: https://globaloceanrefuge.org/nominate/. We will use pre-nominated MPAs and the outcome of their internal vetting as a basis for the Focus Group discussion. This workshop will provide marine conservation biologists the opportunity to help shape a conservation strategy based on their science – allowing them the opportunity to make their science matter. Please join us!
Lance Morgan, Marine Conservation Institute; Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University Newfoundland; Rodolphe Devillers, Memorial University Newfoundland; Leslie Cornick, Alaska Pacific University; Lida Teneva, Conservation International; Daniel Dunn, Duke University; Sara Maxwell, Old Dominion University; Callum Roberts, York University