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 safeguard 5.2 million square kilometers of ocean—an area 10 times the size of Central America.
Working together to create the world's first generation of great parks in the sea
From Palau to Easter Island, a visual tour of the major gains in ocean conservation
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From the heat of the equator to the deep chills of the North and South poles, the ocean binds the planet together. Making up more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, it is home to innumerable species great and small and is a critical source of food that also provides tens of billions of dollars in economic benefits to countless stakeholders. Read More
The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s 2016 World Conservation Congress runs from Sept. 1-10 in Honolulu. The IUCN gathering will bring together thousands of government leaders and decision-makers from around the world, island and indigenous peoples, and environmental advocates, including experts from Pew. Attendees aim to address the global challenges facing the environment. Read More
The Kermadec region of New Zealand, located 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) northeast of the nation’s North Island, represents one of the last frontiers in marine and island exploration. The Kermadec Islands and the surrounding ocean are home to a wide array of species and serve as an important migratory pathway for marine mammals making seasonal journeys between tropical and cooler waters.... 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.
5 Key Questions About Ocean Conservation with Josh Reichert
What special challenges do we face in preserving life in the world’s oceans?