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Marine PhotoBank Bulletin March 27, 2011

Imagery News

Ocean Voice with Chris Palmer

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Photographing Hope Spots

Hope Spots

Hope Spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean, Earth's blue heart. Some of the Hope Spots have become protected since their designation April 1, 2010, while others remain important enough to warrant the designation. As others are identified as imperative, they may also join the list of areas that need protection. About 12% of the land around the world is now under some form of protection (as national parks, world heritage sites, monuments, etc.), while only about 1% of the ocean is protected.

The Sylvia Earle Foundation is committed to changing this. Networks of marine protected areas maintain healthy biodiversity, provide a carbon sink, generate life-giving oxygen, preserve critical habitat and allow low-impact activities like ecotourism to thrive. They are good for the ocean, which means they are good for us. Contribute your ocean conservation photos from these Hope Spots and the Marine Photobank will work to support the efforts of the Sylvia Earle Foundation.

Hope Spots:

Gulf of California

Outer Seychelles

Kermadec Trench


Sargasso Sea

Mesoamerican Reef

Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone

Coral Sea

Saya de Malha Bank

Coral Triangle

Gulf of Mexico Deep Reefs

Ross Sea

Patagonian Shelf

Micronesian Islands

Eastern Pacific Seascape

Gulf of Guinea

Salas y Gomez

Bahamian Reefs

Chilean Fjords & Islands

Gakkel Ridge



New Photobank Images

Check out some recent additions the the Marine Photobank image collection. If you have subscribed for the MPB bulletin through SeaWeb, you may not yet be a MPB member. When prompted, login to the Marine Photobank using the login info you used to sign up for SeaWeb's newsletters and then choose your desired membership status. Once we have reviewed and approved your membership, you will receive an acceptance email and you will then be able to access the photo galleries.

Juan de Dios Morales/Marine Photobank


  • Bottlenose dolphin dead on a beach in Ecuador, the cause unknown.
    Juan de Dios Morales/Marine Photobank


  • Spot Prawn fishery in Vancouver, Canada. Jackie Marks/Marine Photobank
Jackie Marks/Marine Photobank
Eleanor Partridge/Marine Photobank


  • Offshore windfarm off the coast of Norfolk, United Kingdom. Eleanor Partridge/Marine Photobank


  • New Gulf oil spill photos. Eileen Romero/Marine Photobank
Eileen Romero/Marine Photobank
Christine Quigley/Marine Photobank


  • Dolphin tourism, mangrove forests, coral reefs, rising waters of Venice, Frans Josef glacier and more. Christine Quigley/Marine Photobank





Most Popular Images


Guy Marcovaldi/Marine Photobank
Leatherback Turtle and Fish. Guy Marcovaldi/Marine Photobank

Most Downloaded Images*

1. Turtles Caught in Abandoned Fish Net >>
2. Leatherback Turtle and Fish >>
3. Blue Shark Approaches >>
4. Young Red Mangrove >>
5. Coral Reef Wall, Indonesia >>
6. Offshore Windfarm, UK 1 >>
7. Plastic Marine Debris >>

*statistics refer to photos downloaded from January 1, 2011 to March 31, 2011


Parting Shot

Coral in Crisis


Wolcott Henry/Marine Photobank
Wolcott Henry/Marine Photobank

According to the recently released "Reefs at Risk Revisited" report, more than 75 percent of reefs around the world are under immediate threat from either direct or indirect human impacts and their consequences, including bleaching. These threats include overfishing and destructive fishing methods, watershed-based or marine-based pollution and coastal development, as well as warming and acidifying waters. Bleaching events occur when corals are under stress and expel the colorful algae that live within their tissues, exposing their white skeletons. In this photo, a new coral colony attempts to grow on a bleached, dead coral head.