Can Better Data Help Save the Oceans? This Big Foundation Thinks So

Data and oceans are two of the biggest topics in philanthropy these days, and the Moore Foundation is a leader in both. One of its efforts targets the intersection of the two, just off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

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How Are We Using the Oceans?

The ocean is a place of bustling commerce and conflicting values. Fisheries, energy companies, tourists, and important ecosystems are often all vying for resources within the same area. Determining how to best balance these multiple uses has become a major focus for managers and has given rise to the process of marine spatial planning (MSP).
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How the "Trickle-Down Theory" Applies to Ecology

Quick, what's the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the phrase "trickle-down theory"? Economics, right? This common word association is not so for The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Foundation recently announced $3.1 million in funding to a team of scientists who will study the trickle down effects of food chains within marine ecosystems. Who knew that the trickle-down effect doesn't refer solely to supply-side economics anymore? One thing that does remain the same, however, are the negative connotations.

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The Moore Foundation Throws $146 million Behind California's Marine Life Protection Act

California's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) was practically doomed from the start. California's politicians passed the bill in 1999 and the public rejected it the same year. Each year since, the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) has made valiant efforts to implement the act, but by 2003, the MLPA was dead in the water with no support and no funding. That is until the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation swooped in and threw the MLPA a $146 million lifeline.

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