Global Ocean Legacy

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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 6.3 million square kilometers of ocean—an area 12 times the size of Central America.

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  • Palau Builds on Its Ocean Conservation Legacy

    Palau is an archipelago of more than 250 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The nation’s people and their culture are deeply tied to Palau’s legacy of conservation. The waters surrounding the islands are home to more than 1,300 species of fish and 700 species of coral, and often described as an underwater wonder of the world. Read More

  • France Looks to Protect Ocean Around Sub-Antarctic Islands

    France has joined the global movement to protect the world’s ocean by proposing creation of a large fully protected marine reserve in sub-Antarctic territorial waters in the southern Indian Ocean. The proposal, made by the French Environment Ministry in September, would safeguard 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of ocean surrounding the Crozet and Kerguelen islands. Read More

  • Celebrating 10 Years of Global Ocean Legacy’s Commitment to Ocean Protection

    Since 2006, The Pew Charitable Trusts Global Ocean Legacy project has worked with indigenous groups, community leaders, government officials, scientists and other organizations to help protect the ocean; a part of the planet that is key to some island cultures and marine life. The Global Ocean Legacy campaign has aided in the creation of nine major marine reserves: Palau, Chagos, Coral Sea,... Read More

Where We Work

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.

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Laura Margison

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