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.
Easter Island’s Rapa Nui people uphold tradition as guardians of the ocean
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Sylvia Earle, one of the world’s most prominent oceanographers, traveled to Easter Island and Santiago, Chile, this summer to talk with local leaders and government officials about designating a fully protected marine park in the island’s waters, as proposed by the indigenous Rapa Nui people. Read More
Pew is delighted to be participating in the second Our Ocean [hyperlinked to event page] conference, on October 5-6 in Valparaíso, Chile, which will bring together leaders from government, academia, and advocacy organizations who share a common goal—to ensure our ocean remains healthy and vibrant for years to come. The conference will address many issues on which Pew is working... Read More
WELLINGTON, New Zealand—The Pew Charitable Trusts applauds the government of New Zealand for its commitment, announced today, to create a 620,000-square-kilometre (239,383-square-mile) fully protected marine sanctuary in the Kermadec region. Located in the South Pacific about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island, the Kermadecs are home to a wide array... 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.