The Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MiCO) system seeks to fill a major knowledge gap regarding global migratory routes and connected areas for marine mammal, seabird, sea turtle and fish species. Due to their wide-ranging behaviors, migratory species experience a variety of anthropogenic pressures over the course of their life histories. Combined with conservation strategies that largely fail to consider spatial

Antipodean Albatross (photo BenLascelles)

connectivity over their life cycle, these threats are resulting in declining populations worldwide. For instance, all 22 species of albatross and 19 of 21 oceanic elasmobranchs are listed as Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered by the IUCN. [MORE]

We integrated aerial and shipboard cetacean surveys conducted by five scientific organizations over 23 years and linked them to environmental data relating to cetacean habitat…… Read More


The Nereus Program is predicting the future of fisheries with geospatial models being developed at MGEL.
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The OBIS-SEAMAP data repository is the international database for protected marine species – cetaceans, sea turtles and sea birds. The site includes specialized applications for fin matching and predictive modeling.… Read More


Alternative energy development is one of a host of competing ocean uses that have deepened the need for more comprehensive coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP).… Read More