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ocean and the people who care about them. 

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On the Tide

Blog January 16, 2020
Nominate a deserving MPA for a 2020 Blue Park Award!

Featured Picture: 2019 Blue Park Awardees. By Christina Hoenow, Blue Parks Intern   If you have ... » read more

Blog January 1, 2020
20 Ocean Places for Your 2020 Bucket List

To get 2020 off to a bang we thought we would provide you with some ... » read more

Blog January 1, 2020
U.S. SeaStates 2019: Marine Protection in America’s Ocean Areas

As we approach 2020, we see little change in marine protected areas (MPAs) in United ... » read more

Blog December 18, 2019
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Conservation success and replication in the Sea of Cortez

Featured Pic: The jacks in Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico. Image courtesy of Octavio Aburto ... » read more

Blog December 3, 2019
Its Giving Tuesday!

Did you know that every second breath you take comes from the ocean? Even on ... » read more

More emphasis is needed on better marine protected area design, durable management and compliance to ensure that marine protected areas achieve their desired conservation value. It is a complex undertaking, but one that needs to happen.
Dr. Graham J. Edgar
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Marine-protected areas are clearly a positive trend, a reflection of the growing awareness of governments across the globe that the oceans and their bounty are not limitless or indestructible.
The New York Times
Editorial Board (February 15, 2014)
Well-enforced no-take marine reserves universally increase diversity, size, abundance, and biomass of fish inside their boundaries, which makes them very attractive to tourism. The Global Ocean Refuge System will help the world create more of these no-take marine reserves.
Dr. Enric Sala
Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Governments and scientists need to work together to better design, maintain, improve and protect ‘protected areas.’
The New York Times
Editorial Board (February 15, 2014)
The Global Ocean Refuge System is critical to saving the biodiversity of our oceans. It makes so much sense, we all should have thought of it a long time ago.
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Renowned Ocean Conservationist
GLORES is the most exciting marine conservation initiative I’ve seen in a while! I think we urgently need something that can be an alternative to a simple rating of conservation success based on the number of square kilometers their MPAs cover.
Dr. Rodolphe Devillers
Memorial University of Newfoundland
The creation of a marine-protected area is only the start of an effective conservation effort, not the end.
The New York Times
Editorial Board (February 15, 2014)

Our Conservation Priorities for 2020

Saving wild ocean places, for us and future generations

30% strong MPA protection by 2030

Achieve marine biodiversity conservation through encouraging nations to implement effective marine protected areas in global policy debates and calling on them to protect 30% of the oceans by 2030.

Blue Parks

Marine protected areas that safeguard life in sea and meet the science-based Blue Park standards earn Blue Park Awards -- celebrate these conservation successes with us! The Blue Park initiative is incentivizing a global ocean refuge system to strongly protect biodiversity across 30% of the ocean.

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The Atlas of Marine Protection

Track marine protected areas globally to measure and motivate the progress of nations towards their commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Targets.

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Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

Advocate for and support the United Nations negotiations to protect Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and ensure ocean life is protected on the high seas (nearly two-thirds of the ocean).

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Photo: Jon Weller

Seamount Conservation

Advocate for the protection of seamount habitats from destructive fishing methods and other harmful activities in California and work for a moratorium on seabed mining globally.

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Advocate for and Defend Ocean Protections in U.S. Waters

Stop attempts by the Trump administration to weaken U.S. laws and regulations that protect our marine sanctuaries and monuments, as well as attempts to expand environmentally damaging activities in the ocean.

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