Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

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Protection Leads to Discovery and Connection

The ocean plays an essential role in sustaining life on our planet. It covers nearly three-fourths of the globe and is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s known species, and many more yet to be discovered. The ocean provides tens of billions of dollars in economic benefits to countless stakeholders. But human activities are increasingly threatening its health. Large, fully protected marine reserves have the ability to reverse the many challenges to ocean health.

Fully protected marine reserves benefit people and the planet by:

  • Safeguarding biodiversity.
  • Improving fish populations.
  • Strengthening connections between indigenous communities and the natural resources their cultures depend on.
  • Providing ecological benefits to neighboring ecosystems.
  • Protecting predators and maintaining ecosystem stability.
  • Strengthening the ocean’s resilience to the impacts of a changing climate.

Island Voices

The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy project builds on Global Ocean Legacy’s decade of work with Pacific island communities to protect the ocean. Island Voices brings together artists, educators, fishers, former government officials, and traditional Pacific voyagers to support the creation of large, fully protected marine reserves. Learn more about the Island Voices collaboration here.

Science Advisory Board

Ocean Legacy benefits from the advice of a Scientific Advisory Board, composed of esteemed scientists with expertise in marine biology and fisheries disciplines. Board members include Juan Carlos Castilla, Ph.D; Philippe Cury, Ph.D.; Douglas McCauley, Ph.D.; Daniel Pauly, Ph.D.; Bob Richmond, Ph.D.; Callum Roberts, Ph.D.; Andrea Sáenz-Arroyo, Ph.D.; Rashid Sumaila, Ph.D.; and Boris Worm, Ph.D.

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Kevin Connor

Manager, Communications

202.552.2213