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NGOs Unite to Save Sea Turtles From Shrimp Boats

Mission Blue is proud to stand with Oceana and 81 other NGO’s in support of using Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) on Southeastern shrimp boats to protect sea turtles from by catch. On February 14, 2017, the letter below was sent to the National Marine Fisheries Service urging support and passage of this important regulation. On behalf of the undersigned […]

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Saving Canada’s Sea of Glass: Conservation Groups Welcome Canada’s Newest MPA

Congratulations to the Canadian government for protecting the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reef Hope Spot! We are thrilled to see this new Hope Spot achieve marine protected area status which is home to ancient, unique and important glass sponge reefs, found nowhere else in the world. Our partners at CPAWS have been working […]

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Viaje al Mar: Las Tortugas Unen el Punto de Esperanza de Choroni + Chuao

Spanish translation of Journey to the Sea: Turtles Unite the Choroni + Chuao Hope Spot  Traducido Por: Marco Caputo Febrero marca el comienzo de la temporada de anidación de tortugas marinas en la costa venezolana. Cualquiera que haya sido testigo de tortuguillos marinos encontrando su camino hacia el océano, sabe que estas pequeñas criaturas marinas […]

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Unforgettable Cabo Pulmo

By: Shilpi Chhotray What happens when fishers give up their fishing poles in the name of conservation? An iconic example is the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park- 17,570 acres of protected water in Baja Mexico’s East Cape. I had the wonderful pleasure of visiting Cabo Pulmo last December after hearing so much about local fishers collaborating with biologists, conservationists, government staff […]

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Dive into the World of Sharks with Sharks4Kids

Mission Blue is proud to partner with Sharks4Kids!  By: Jillian Morris At Sharks4Kids, our goal is to create the next generation of shark advocates through education, outreach and adventure. We take students underwater to see sharks first-hand and combine all three aspects of our program to provide an incredible, eye-opening experience.  We spend a lot of […]

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Journey to the Sea: Turtles Unite the Choroni + Chuao Hope Spot

To view the article in Spanish, click here.  By: Shilpi Chhotray, Mission Blue Communications Strategist  February marks the beginning of sea turtle nesting season on the Venezuelan coastline. For anyone who has witnessed sea turtle hatchlings find their way to the ocean, you know these little marine creatures are up to an enormous challenge. Not only […]

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Manta Rays and Microplastics

Understanding the Beauty and Vulnerability of Giant Mantas of the Revillagigedo Archipelago By Courtney Mattison For those who have spent time underwater with giant manta rays, the experience they recall sounds dreamlike and meditative. The Mission Blue expedition team felt this phenomenon firsthand at the Revillagigedo Archipelago, an open ocean oasis for giants of the […]

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Underwater in the Galápagos: A Lesson in Human Connection

By: Danielle Epifani, Mission Blue Communications Assistant  After months of reporting imagery and articles of undersea life, I had the unique opportunity to join a seven day liveaboard with the Aggressor III, as a Mission Blue Hope Spot reporter. Throughout my childhood, I alternated between swimming in the ocean of Southern California, my neighbor’s pool, […]

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Tailing Sharks in the Revillagigedo Archipelago

  Shark Tagging and Conservation in the Revillagigedo Archipelago by Courtney Mattison In the radiant blue of the Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve, about 250 nautical miles south of Cabo San Lucas, sharks rule. From its depths, Galápagos, hammerhead and silvertip sharks find all they need to thrive. White tips and silkies abound. Even the elusive whale […]

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Canada: Please Improve the Proposed Protection Measures for the Scott Islands Hope Spot!

Find below a letter from Dr. Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue, and Dr. Dan Laffoley, Chair of the Mission Blue Hope Spot Council, to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change in Canada urging improvement in the protection of the Scott Islands Hope Spot. Want to add your voice? Hon. Catherine McKenna Minister of […]

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