A healthy ocean is essential to all life on Earth. The ocean is not limitless, and today, marine species and ecosystems are facing unprecedented threats due to human use and destructive practices.
Scientific studies have confirmed that well-regulated, well-enforced marine protected areas (MPAs) can provide significant ecological benefits, increase resilience to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and allow for ecosystem recovery. For example, fully- and highly-protected MPAs can allow depleted fish populations to recover, serve as refuges for endangered species, and increase resilience to climate change.
At Marine Conservation Institute, we utilize the best available science to identify important marine ecosystems and advocate for their protection. We advocate for the creation of MPAs, strong and effective regulations, and preserving representative and special areas in the world’s oceans. We have been doing this work since the onset of our organization and will continue to do so as we strive toward 30% of the ocean protected by 2030.
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We work to ensure protection for at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030 — enough to safeguard life in the sea.
We support efforts to protect the vast expanse of the ocean that is beyond any nation’s jurisdiction.
Deep Sea Corals
We research and advocate for the protection of vibrant, fragile coral ecosystems that inhabit cold waters at great depths.
We study and advocate for protection of the deep sea ‘mountain ranges’ that harbor unique species and rich habitats for an array of marine life.
Pacific Marine Monuments
We urge leaders to preserve existing protections against special interests and fight against proposed weakening of regulations for these monuments. We urge Congress to adequately support research and monitoring of these special places.
We provide solutions to and advocate for bans on destructive fishing gear and overfishing.
U.S. Ocean Governance and Legislation
We support the passage of federal laws that preserve special marine habitats, fight against illegal fishing, and appropriate money for federal research on ocean issues.
We work to study and address the impacts of climate change and advocate for marine protected areas that will support climate resilience in coastal communities and marine ecosystems.