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.
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The Case for a Fully Protected South Sandwich Marine Reserve

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The Case for a Fully Protected South Sandwich Marine Reserve

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) are home to up to a quarter of the world’s penguins and some of the most diverse life on the planet.

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