Dear Fellow Marine Scientist,

Global Ocean Legacy: ChagosToday, the health of the world's oceans is declining, increasing numbers of fish stocks are collapsing and global demands are growing. Less than one-half of one percent of the world's oceans are fully protected areas where all extractive activities are prohibited.

Global Ocean Legacy has prepared a Science Statement (PDF) that endorses the concept of designating large ocean reserves. Our goal is to demonstrate to policy makers that marine scientists around the world are supportive of bolder action to designate very large marine reserves that can serve as reference sites for research and as protected “arks” for diminishing populations of at-risk marine species.

Please join with other senior scientists and marine specialists (PDF) in endorsing this statement of support for large no-take marine reserves. Names of those who have signed in support can be found below.


Jay Nelson, Director
Global Ocean Legacy

Daniel Pauly, Ph. D
Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia

Charles Sheppard, Ph. D
University of Warwick

Terry Hughes, Ph. D
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Larry Crowder, Ph. D
Duke Center for Marine Conservation

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Ph. D
Tethys Research Institute