Current projects include efforts to support the creation or expansion of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Sea of Cortez and Baja California Sur in Mexico, the French Polynesia Austral and Marquesas islands, the Galápagos Islands, New Caledonia’s Coral Sea Natural Park, New Zealand’s Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, France’s Saint Paul and Amsterdam Islands, and the U.K. territories of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and Tristan da Cunha.
Our work has contributed to the designation or expansion of several MPAs, including Australia’s Coral Sea Marine Park; Palau National Marine Sanctuary; Rapa Nui Marine Protected Area in Chile; Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park in Mexico; the U.S. marine national monuments of Papahānaumokuākea in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the Pacific Remote Islands, and the Mariana Trench; and U.K. territorial sites of Ascension Island Marine Protected Area, the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve, and the British Indian Ocean Territory Marine Protected Area.
Ascension Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands on Earth, located in the South Atlantic Ocean midway between Angola and Brazil.
Sea of Cortez and Baja California Sur
The nutrient-rich waters of the Pacific Ocean attract marine life and people to an epicenter of biodiversity.
The waters around French Polynesia are home to 21 species of sharks and an exceptional coral reef system that supports 176 coral and 1,024 fish species.
The Galápagos Islands provide a critical refuge for migratory species, and hosts some of the world’s highest levels of endemism—species found nowhere else on the planet.
New Caledonia is home to an incredible array of marine life, including more than 1,700 fish and 473 coral species, and one of the world’s largest lagoons.
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands lie more than 1,700 kilometers (1,050 miles) from the southern tip of South America in a remote expanse of the South Atlantic Ocean.
Tristan da Cunha
The waters of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago cover a vast area in the South Atlantic Ocean nearly three times the size of the United Kingdom’s mainland.
The remarkable ecological and geological landscape of the Revillagigedo Archipelago earned the island chain in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016.
The waters of the Kermadec Rangitāhua region in the South Pacific, northeast of New Zealand’s North Island, teem with life, ranging from resident sea turtles and sharks to migrating dolphins and whales.