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Protecting Ocean Life on the High Seas



Pew’s project on protecting ocean life on the high seas is a global effort to safeguard marine life beyond national jurisdictions, where there is currently no method to fully protect these special places.

In June 2015, United Nations member states agreed to move forward on negotiating a treaty that would conserve and sustainably use biodiversity on the high seas through tools such as marine protected areas. This treaty is the first of its kind and could make an enormous impact on the overall health of the oceans.

To negotiate the treaty successfully, cooperation is needed across a broad swath of constituents from around the globe. Pew works with governments, environmental organizations, scientists, and other stakeholders worldwide on this effort to protect special places on the high seas.