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US MPA Guide Paper
Almost All US MPA ‘Eggs’ in One Basket in the Central Pacific
Other US Regions Have Close to Zero Area Effectively Protected

A sweeping new analysis published in Frontiers in Marine Science, identifies significant gaps in the country’s ocean protections - more, and better, MPAs are needed to meet conservation goals.
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Explore US Protected Areas on the Marine Protection Atlas⟶

Ocean Protection Revolution
Join the Ocean Protection Revolution

Be a part of the expanding Blue Parks network that connects the world's best protected places and the people that champion them. Donate today to the Blue Parks Impact Fund and directly incentivize effective protection standards oceanwide.
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Oculina Petition
Save the Oculina Coral Reef

The remnants of the only Oculina coral reef in the world, just off the coast of central Florida, have been protected for decades but now could be opened to rock shrimp trawling. Tell NOAA to keep destructive fishing out of this protected area.
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High Seas Treaty Support Letter
Protect the High Seas

Less than 1% of the high seas are fully protected. Nations are coming back together this summer to negotiate a UN high seas treaty. This is an historic opportunity to conserve the high seas for generations to come and create a more equitable ocean for all humankind.
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