GLORES Nominations 2018

Nominate blue parks for global recognition 🌊

Due March 31!


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On the Tide

Blog March 16, 2018
The Global Wave Conference Inspires New Ocean Messages

The 5th Global Wave Conference in Santa Cruz united diverse groups in the ocean conservation ... » read more

Blog March 13, 2018
GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Sara Maxwell

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight ... » read more

Blog March 6, 2018
Celebrate Blue Parks: Submit Your GLORES Nominations Today!

Our Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) wants your blue park nominations by March 31! GLORES ... » read more

Blog February 28, 2018
GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Ellen Hines

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight ... » read more

Blog February 21, 2018
Trump Wants to Sink the Ocean Budget for NOAA

I have a confession: I’m a budget geek and always have been. Why? Because ... » 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 2018

Saving wild ocean places, for us and future generations

Fighting for Marine National Monuments

We synthesize scientific research to encourage ocean protection. We condemn President Trump's attack on the U.S. national monuments and help defend our public lands and waters. 

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Safeguarding marine biodiversity with GLORES

The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) encourages strong protection for 30% of the ocean by 2030 through awarding and celebrating effective marine protected areas.


Tracking conservation progress at MPAtlas

The Atlas of Marine Protection ( is the world's most comprehensive and up-to-date marine protected areas database. Explore its in-depth SeaStates reports, which analyze ocean protection around the world.

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Mapping vulnerable marine ecosystems

Our scientists identify important deep-sea ecosystems and create maps to aid our colleagues in the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition.

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Protecting California's deep sea

Marine Conservation Institute is working to secure lasting protection for the exceptional array of seamounts, ridges and banks off California's coastline.

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Stopping destructive fishing practices

We research bottom-trawling impacts and model deep-sea habitats to advance protection for ecologically important deep-sea areas. We work in the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition to advocate for vulnerable marine ecosystems.

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Advocating for high seas conservation

Marine Conservation Institute is working with the global scientific community to provide necessary information to help establish high seas protected areas and to strengthen high-seas governance.

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Promoting sustainable tourism

We are committed to helping people explore our oceans’ underwater wonders through sustainable tourism. The Global Ocean Refuge System recognizes the world’s best protected areas and helps ocean adventurers find their next destination!

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Adapting to a changing world

Marine Conservation Institute is working to improve information about the risk of climate change and ocean acidification to marine ecosystems and local communities, and develop conservation strategies to improve ecosystem resilience.

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