The Bertarelli family holds a deep, lifelong affinity for the oceans. Siblings Dona and Ernesto, co-chairs of the Bertarelli Foundation, are avid sailors, a passion they inherited from their father, Fabio. In their lives on the water, they have witnessed firsthand the worldwide deterioration of marine environments, particularly the effects of unsustainable fishing. At the heart of the foundation’s mission is the family’s desire to protect the ocean, and its partnership with Pew, which takes on projects that will produce lasting results, has proved to be an excellent match.
In 2012, the Bertarelli Foundation and Pew joined forces with the Rapa Nui people to work toward establishing a marine reserve surrounding Easter Island, a territory of Chile in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. The Bertarelli Foundation and Pew strengthened their commitment to safeguarding the world’s ocean with the creation of the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in 2016. Working with local communities, governments, scientists, and other stakeholders around the world, the project aims to create at least five new marine reserves—“parks in the sea”—by 2022.
“Sailing competitively around the world, I have seen firsthand the devastating impacts of overfishing, marine pollution, and warming oceans,” said Dona Bertarelli. “The need to create large marine reserves could not be greater than it is today, and I’m very proud that the Bertarelli Foundation is continuing its work in this area, now in partnership with Pew, to create even more of these vitally important sanctuaries.”
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