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: