The ocean covers nearly three-fourths of the globe and is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s known species, with countless yet to be discovered. The ocean helps support more than 250 million people who depend directly or indirectly on fishing for their livelihoods, and provides the main source of animal protein to more than 2.6 billion people.
The ocean plays an essential role in sustaining life on our planet, but human activities are increasingly threatening its health. Research shows that very large, fully protected marine reserves are key to rebuilding species abundance and diversity and protecting the overall health of the marine environment.
Global Ocean Legacy, a project of Pew and its partners, is working with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.
Together we are establishing the world’s first generation of great marine parks by securing the designation of large, fully protected reserves. To date, our efforts have helped to double the amount of safeguarded ocean habitat worldwide.
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Catch a preview of the Our Ocean conference, which will be hosted by the Chilean government in Valparaíso, Chile, on Oct. 5 and 6, and hear the latest in global initiatives to stop illegal fishing. Read More
Caring for the environment has long been an important part of Palau’s culture. For centuries, traditional leaderson these Pacific Ocean islands have acted to protect local waters through enactment of a “bul”—a moratorium oncatching key species or fishing on certain reefs to protect habitats that are critical to the community’s food security. Read More
Easter Island, a territory of Chile that lies some 4,000 kilometers (2,300 miles) west of that country’s coast, is world famous for its Moai statues, which are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now it is time to protect the treasures off the shores of this remote island, waters of brilliant biodiversity that both feed the local Rapa Nui people and help them continue centuries-old... Read More
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Global Ocean Legacy works with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.